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Old 04-12-22, 10:53 AM
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Anyone here done from Seattle to Portland from out of town?

Thinking about doing STP this year and trying to figure out the logistics without driving a car up to Seattle is daunting. (I live in Eugene). I don’t want to drive to Seattle, bike to Portland, get shuttles BACK to Seattle to drive back through Portland. How do other people do this?

The best alternative I can figure out is get Amtrak/ bus to Seattle. Get. Hotel room somewhere… and then bike to the bike ride? But if I bring a bag for the SAG wagon how do I get it from the hotel to the ride? I feel like I am missing something obvious.
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Old 04-13-22, 11:58 AM
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Never done it from out of town, but the logistics should be easy:

1. Amtrak to Seattle
2. Push your bike over to the International District Light Rail Station and light rail to the UW. You can bring you bike onto light rail.
3. Plenty of hotels all around the UW. Walk/ride to one of them. I'm sure they will have a place to store your bike or let you bring it into your room.
4. As far as your stuff - I'd put it all into a backpack and ride with it to the hotel/start line.

Good luck!
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Old 04-15-22, 12:17 PM
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Definitely Amtrak and Sound Transit light rail. But instead of a hotel, look for a superhost on Airbnb.
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Old 05-02-22, 07:27 PM
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Amtrak Cascades is the best option, however, The Cascades trains only take ten bikes. Book now, but chances are those bike spots are taken already. Amtrak Coast Starlight is probably doable, but you'll need to box your bike and check it as baggage. The Starlight leaves Eugene at 11:45, or so depending on it's arrival northbound. You'll need to book the Amtrak from Portland back to Eugene, or ride back. STP use to have a truck service for bikes from Portland to UW, not sure they still do. It's all a crowded pain in the ass!
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Old 06-11-22, 02:21 AM
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I just got the Amtrak cancelled for back trip from PDX to SEA (I live in Seattle area) that was 3 PM on Sunday.
I got a spot for myself on the noon train, but not for the bike. From the customer service, you can buy a bike box for 15 bucks and remove pedals and twist the handlebars and check in as luggage for another 20 bucks.
Not sure if that, but will find out ....
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