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Old 03-14-19, 10:05 AM
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A 2020 event in "PNW?"

Seems like a mythical place.

OK, so I've been on the forum for a while.
That whole area is foreign to me, though I've seen:
-Mount St. Helens (flyover about a month after she blew)
-Whidbey Island (probably to deal with some of Drillium Dude's proteges)
-Pictures of Portland's WNBR.
-A bike from a BF member there, shipped by Metropolis Bike Shop, rode it yesterday.
-The documentary about bike messengers up there, somewhere.
-"The Killing" on Netflix.

So, I've decided I need to visit and ride a bike there in 2019. Fill me in?

Perhaps an event or something that will provide fun and memories....Perhaps I can drag a couple of others westward.
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Old 03-14-19, 10:48 AM
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For sure. Lots of unique cycling experience here. Two things you don't want to miss : First, make sure you take your bike on a ferry, there's something cool about riding off the ferry, exploring around, and then back on the boat going home. The Port Townsend - Whidbey crossing is good, or you can take your bike to Anacortes and explore the San Juan Islands.

Also, be sure to visit Classic Cycles on Bainbridge Island and see the museum ! It is well worth your time.

As soon as you get your dates roughed out, let us know and we'll find a way to do something.

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Thanks. I'm giving up RAGBRAI to go west...
Will likely take my Klein, you know, because....
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Old 03-14-19, 11:12 AM
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I would do a San Juan Islands tour with you.
Mountain roads abound.
Olympic Peninsula.

I think Puget Sound region has a greater diversity of rides than other regions of the PNW. And the vibe in Portland area can’t be beat. I’m also drawn to the ‘wild outdoors’ that one experiences when away from the urban spaces.


Just come to ride with cycling friends.
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My brother in law (wife's brother) and his wife live on Bainbridge Island. We have visited a few times. My sister in law (is that what she's called?) loans me her bike. We are the same size. I've taken a few rides around the island's perimeter. The scenery is inspiring and quite varied. The hills are challenging. It is an uplifting experience. The big hills don't have turns, so the descents are straight. My GPS claimed I hit 50 mph, and at a speed so high, I'm not sure I believe it, but the conditions might allow it. So this is one place I recommend. The ferry ride from Seattle to Bainbridge is nice, too. You often see seals lounging in the harbor on tiny little islands.

I hope you like fish. I've never had better fish than in Seattle. The Pacific salmon is amazing. There are many varieties of oysters, and I'm scared to eat oysters in general, but I will eat them in Seattle.

Listen to the episode about Seattle of this podcast.

Of course, there are other areas to explore. I barely know the PNW. I've visited Portland, OR and Eugene, OR. Eugene is a laid back, small place where lots of people get around on bikes, including very poor people. In fact, I saw one guy on bike pulling a daisy chain of two kiddie trailers to carry his possessions. And of course, Portland is a big center of bike culture.

One of these days, I hope to ride in the mountain ranges there. I like reading Jan Heine's ride reports. In fact, you may want to email him and ask to take a ride with him. He might be open to that.
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You might want to give @gugie a jingle.
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You might want to give @gugie a jingle.
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I'll keep an eye out for how this comes together. I'd love to get in a ride with THE RobbieTunes.
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But, Not on C&V bikes..

1st weekend of June trans american bike race sets off for Yorkrown VA

https://transambikerace.com/

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Trans_Am_Bike_Race


Cycle Oregon may be sold out of spots by now..









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Old 03-14-19, 05:06 PM
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Kluane Chilat International Bike Relay on June 15. Registration opens March 15. Will fill up in a few days. 155 miles Yukon to Alaska. 1,2,4,or 8 person teams.
Can't get more PNW then that.
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I need to review the modified softball schedule for my daughter in June. If good I may do stage 2 of the Tour de Palouse.

There are so many great places to ride in the PNW - hope you've got a month for vacation.
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I need to review the modified softball schedule for my daughter in June. If good I may do stage 2 of the Tour de Palouse.

There are so many great places to ride in the PNW - hope you've got a month for vacation.
Oooh Oooh Oooh!
I'd do that, depending on dates. Awesome ride last year.
Would also be open to something in the...Cascades?
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Oooh Oooh Oooh!
I'd do that, depending on dates. Awesome ride last year.
Would also be open to something in the...Cascades?
Looks like the only weekend I have open in June is 15th/16th. That's usually somewhat cooler than what we faced last year.

The north Cascades area has some fantastic rides as well
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My bad, I meant 2020. 2019 is full, and I'm still working on dragging @Spaghetti Legs to Coppi in October.

Given my ambitious schedule for 2019, if I survive, I'm definitely going to PNW in 2020.

I'm still working at my advance age, so vacation time is the limiting factor. They let us buy days, though.
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I'll keep an eye out for how this comes together. I'd love to get in a ride with THE RobbieTunes.
Ditto that. With VeloCult kaput, we need a reason for another C&V ride in Portland. (Do we really need a reason for a C&V ride?)
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I'll keep an eye out for how this comes together. I'd love to get in a ride with THE RobbieTunes.
Be careful what you wish for.
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I will be inviting everyone to come join me on this ride again. Like every year, first Saturday of May. That would make it this coming
May 4 2019.

This is possibly the last year I'll be able to offer a super cheap deal on rooms at my hotel, so everyone who keeps saying, "I should do this one!" Now is the time.

Here's the 'blog' I made long ago for this ride, updated with this year's date for the ride: https://downtownhotelmetriccentury.blogspot.com

Note to @Dean51, will you volunteer to lead the lowland route this year, since you don't have the big gravel tires on any of your road bikes? Or have you gotten some new bikes I haven't seen yet"
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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
Be careful what you wish for.
Well you can count me in on tricky's sentiments. The Port Angeles ride last year was really fun. Hurricane Ridge, as another PA-based ride, is a beautiful, if grueling constant grind up 4200 or so feet in 17 miles. Goegeous views, especially as you earn every one of those feet climbed in elevation. The view at the top is, well, properly mountainous. Thing Sound of Music's field of twirling while singing, but more perilous. The curves are easy and constant, the road is smooth/consistent, and traffic is light. This means that the downhill run is epic and takes quite some time, but you get to go 40+ and never have to brake. Sure, you are rapidly erasing hours of work getting up, but it's the best chance to be a dog in a pickup truck bed--eating all the wind at speed. The metric century ride takes us to a number of small stops, consistent with out in the country life. You'll want something with a bit of low range as the hills can punch pretty good. A 39-28 low combo would be pushing it on some of the 10% grades, but it's doable--in saddle grinding won't be too fun, but letting your body weight do the work out of the saddle could be fine. I gotta figure out what to bring. My EPS '74 Paramount (which I rode around more today and it was freaking great) or my '81 Trek 716 for full C&V effect. No straight blocks for me.

Portland is a cool place, and I say that in part as I grew up there, but dang, Seattle and the Puget Sound area are gorgeous, with proper hills/mountains/terrain. Ferry rides 100%, especially to the Olympic Peninsula, which of course hosts the beautiful yet stoic Olympic Mountains. And on most days, sunsets are a treat. That sounds super mushy and whimsical, but I'm an artist/designer, so I say it confidently, mostly because it's true by just looking at it.



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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
I will be inviting everyone to come join me on this ride again. Like every year, first Saturday of May. That would make it this coming
May 4 2019.

This is possibly the last year I'll be able to offer a super cheap deal on rooms at my hotel, so everyone who keeps saying, "I should do this one!" Now is the time.

Here's the 'blog' I made long ago for this ride, updated with this year's date for the ride: https://downtownhotelmetriccentury.blogspot.com

Note to @Dean51, will you volunteer to lead the lowland route this year, since you don't have the big gravel tires on any of your road bikes? Or have you gotten some new bikes I haven't seen yet"
Oooh, I think I can swing it this year, especially if my bike chauffeur and publicist were to be a recidivist.
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This is possibly the last year I'll be able to offer a super cheap deal on rooms at my hotel...
That doesn't sound good. Or does it? You gettin' out?
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I will be inviting everyone to come join me on this ride again. Like every year, first Saturday of May. That would make it this coming
May 4 2019.)
Additional discount if you show up or ride in a Star Wars costume?
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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
I will be inviting everyone to come join me on this ride again. Like every year, first Saturday of May. That would make it this coming
May 4 2019.

This is possibly the last year I'll be able to offer a super cheap deal on rooms at my hotel, so everyone who keeps saying, "I should do this one!" Now is the time.

Here's the 'blog' I made long ago for this ride, updated with this year's date for the ride: https://downtownhotelmetriccentury.blogspot.com

Note to @Dean51, will you volunteer to lead the lowland route this year, since you don't have the big gravel tires on any of your road bikes? Or have you gotten some new bikes I haven't seen yet"
You bet Tim! There are many route options in the Sequim - Dungeness Valley with 30 to 60 mile range. I'd be more than happy to set this up. My favs include Happy Valley (eastbound), West Sequim Bay Road, Jamestown beach, and Marine Drive with terrific views of the Strait of Juan de Fuca. All paved roads, mostly two-laner's, and limited sections along the busy shoulders of Hwy 101. And yes, 'still no gravel rigs for me.

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Originally Posted by Lascauxcaveman View Post
I will be inviting everyone to come join me on this ride again. Like every year, first Saturday of May. That would make it this coming
May 4 2019.

This is possibly the last year I'll be able to offer a super cheap deal on rooms at my hotel, so everyone who keeps saying, "I should do this one!" Now is the time.

Here's the 'blog' I made long ago for this ride, updated with this year's date for the ride: https://downtownhotelmetriccentury.blogspot.com

Note to @Dean51, will you volunteer to lead the lowland route this year, since you don't have the big gravel tires on any of your road bikes? Or have you gotten some new bikes I haven't seen yet"
Awesome! Can you start another thread about the 2019 ride so I don't hijack RT's anymore? Will day 2 still be Hurricane Ridge? I haven't done that ride yet.

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Originally Posted by RobbieTunes View Post
My bad, I meant 2020.
Kinda glad to hear this as I won't be around much in late spring early - summer this year. Since you are now talking 2020. Plans can be made!

How much time do you think you can muster? A week, 2 weeks?

The best time to visit the PNW:

Our summers are fantastic although there are some caveats. Most years, the really good consistent weather starts just after July 4th and ends in late September. Late Spring early summer weather can be more unpredictable although plans can be mitigated just by going East over the Cascade Mt's where it's more arid. Late Summer and early Fall the past few years have become our "Fire Season" where western Washington can be shrouded in Smoke from wildfires from British Columbia, E.Washington, Oregon or even N.California depending on which way the wind blows.

Where to ride:

Everyone has their favorite organized rides and for me they are the "Chelan Century Challenge" in June (Washington) and the "Crater Lake Century" typically in August (Oregon) if you’re into riding with a bunch of strangers. I like these two because these two have smaller crowds and the routes are interesting and beautiful. Both can be challenging due to the climbing involved.

“Rolling your own” rides are the best.

Some folks have a real knack for organizing these.
  • Gugie’s “ North Trask” has you rolling on remote gravel roads over the Coast range to Tillamook Oregon.
  • The Caveman’s “Port Angeles Metric” has you following him on a mixed surface route up into the Olympic Mtns over to his ma’s place at Lake Crescent before looping back to town, following the Strait of Juan De Fuca. As the Riddler has said, you can also throw yourself onto the biggest sustained climb on a paved road in Washington at Hurricane Ridge.
  • Bob Freeman hosts an annual “Show, Ride n BBQ” at his house in North Bend usually around the 3rd week in July. A lot of collectors and enthusiasts from the local area attend. There’s a whole yard full of amazing bikes and you never know who you might run into there. The ride thru the valley is typically pretty short (around 30 miles) but the area is beautiful and if you want to stay a few days I could lead some interesting rides on gravel or pavement for any that are up for it. (Like Brewery Ride up to Snoqualmie Pass via The Hyak Tunnel or a Pie ride to Snohomish for example)
  • Scozim’s “Tour De Palouse” in Colfax, Washington was OUTSTANDING last year. if he has one going in 2020 - you gotta go. It is really that good.
I’d be willing to lead and help organize next year in 2020:

Stay in Packwood for a few days and wear out your legs.
Flickr Album of RATROD and Windy Ridge

This would be a great place for a meeting of the Oregon and Washington BF C&V tribes as it is…meh… kinda-sorta 1/2 way. Best to do this in mid-july to august if you want to do Windy Ridge as a ride option. Otherwise, the paved roads around Rainier generally open around Memorial Day:

Day 1:
RATROD Ride around the Tatoosh Range in One Day. Start in Packwood, Ride Skate Creek road to Mt Rainier National Park, climb up to Paradise for lunch, descend Stevens Canyon and ride back to Packwood. It’s about 60 miles, 6000’ of gain.
Day 2:
Ride up to Windy Ridge at Mt. St. Helens and see the blast zone. This is remote, bring what you need to eat and drink. You can make this route shorter by starting south, outside of the town of Randle.
Day 3:
If you still have the energy: Take another day and Ride up to the Sunrise Visitors Center in Mount Rainer National Park from the North Entrance.

Other possibilities:
I also know Vashon Island pretty well as I have family history there.
Flickr album of ride to Vashon
Plus, you take a ferry from West Seattle to get there as Mark Petry has said, ferries are a cool addition to any bike ride.
The island has great roads for riding with lots of short punchy hills, great views and some decent places to eat in Vashon Center. There is a place on Vashon called “Burma Road” that you must try if you like bungy jumping. Hit it going south and it winds like a snake descending to this ledge at the top of a ravine where the floor just falls away. A sharp transition at the bottom has gravity sucking you into your seat and handlebars then it shoots sharply up the other side of the ravine. If you are brave enough to not brake on the way down, don’t do it when you see the 90 deg left coming at you on way back up the other side. Your momentum will carry you through the corner at just the right speed. I've never ridden anything quite like it on a road bike.

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