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If I were riding to the George from Seattle, and had time, i would so route over Stevens Pass and down thru Wenatchee.
the ride is a day longer, but man what a difference in scenery, amenities, and general ride quality. Highway 2 to the east side is where it's at. Ride to nearly monroe on bike trails, Bigfoot Espresso from Harry and the Hendersons, then along highway 2 to the old road up to the pass behind deception falls good camping day 1. Day 2 over the pass, lunch in leavenworth alpine village, (so cute!) snack in cashmere camp in wenatchee for day two, then day 3 to the george.
tourists not accustomed to mountain touring or wanting to take it easy could stretch it into a four or five day trip. stopping in Monroe, Leavenworth, Wenatchee, and the George. it depends on how much your group can ride in a day comfortably.
I-90's not bad, but tedious. Actually, it's a boring interstate highway, with unrelenting noise and traffic. Crossing the Columbia is a bit sketch.
If you ride the iron horse trail adjacent to I-90
you can avoid most of the highway nearly to Ellensburg en route to the george, but have to snake back to the main road to avoid some loose sandy sections really unrideable on most bicycles. check on the tunnels being open or closed on the trail, there were some closures.
May is early for the mountains, though, and often finds the higher elevations with a lot of snow, I'd usually be able to ski till june in and around around Snoqualmie Pass where that video still was taken, in may there's often still snow on the ground at the pass level.
Last edited by Bekologist; 03-14-13 at 03:48 AM.