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Old 06-01-10, 08:18 PM
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Kingston ferry terminal to Poulsbo and back

What kind of mileage and degree of difficulty from Kingston to Poulsbo and the surrounding area am I looking at? How is the traffic situation and are the roads pretty good? I haven't been over that way in at least 20 years but the wife and I are looking to do some biking over that way.
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Old 06-02-10, 11:54 AM
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Here is the route I would take:

NE West Kingston Rd
Left on Miller Bay Rd
Becomes Agusta Ave in Suquamish
Becomes Suquamish Way NE
Right on NE Totten Rd (modest hill)
Cross Hwy 305 to Lemolo Shore drive (busy crossing with no traffic light - be patient)
Lemolo Shore drive becomes Fjord Dr NE and takes you to the old part of downtown Poulsbo
Eat pastries at Sluy's bakery

It is about 14 miles one way.

Enjoy!
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ANy good places to spend a night or two over there? Any other suggestions for riding over that way? We would like to spend a couple of days in that area.
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Old 06-02-10, 02:19 PM
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There are only two places in Poulsbo 1) Poulsbo Inn (www.poulsboinn.com) and 2) Holiday Inn Express (www.holidayinnexpress.com). I haven't stayed at either one of them since I live here but both have been remodeled in recent years.

The other option is the Manor Farm Inn (www.manorfarminn.com) on Big Valley Road about 4 miles out of town on a beautiful rural road (one of my favorite rides). There are other Bed and Breakfast type lodgings in the area. Just google "Bed and Breakfast 98730".

There are lots of nice rides in the area. What distance do you have in mind? Do you mind tackling some hills in the 10% range?
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I could do the hills but not sure about the wife, she doesn't get nearly the riding I do and distances to 30 miles or so RT.
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you could stay with the folks at the clearwater right at agate passage. I used to stop and have snacks on the bluff before they built the casino there, it's quite beautiful. https://www.clearwatercasino.com

its nice riding around those parts. if you stay for a couple, its respectful to visit chief sealth's burial site in suquamish and leave an offering.
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If you head west of Poulsbo you have some hill climing to do in order to cross the ridge that runs the length of the peninsula - roads with names like Pioneer Hill Rd, Finn Hill Rd, Sherman Hill Rd, Anderson Hill Rd, Newberry Hill Rd pretty much tell the story.

For a relatively flat road with rural and water scenery:

Viking Way south from Poulsbo
Left at Luoto Road
Right on Brownsville Hwy
Left on South Keyport Rd
Left on Ogle Rd
Snacks at the Brownsville marina and pier (about the 10 mile point)
Take Illahee Rd south to the Illahee community pier. (about the 14 mile point)
Either backtrack the same way or take Paulson Rd West, Central Valley Rd North to link back to Luoto Rd.

It's rolling hills with the only a short steep section on Paulson Rd. All the roads have light traffic and decent shoulders for the bulk of the distance. Check out www.mapmyride.com for route details if you haven't already.
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I've ridden over that way a couple of times.

Big Valley Road, which goes from Poulsbo north toward Port Gamble, is a nice road, and Port Gamble is fun to poke around.

Also, you can head south from Poulsbo and visit the submarine museum in Keyport, and even head down to Bremerton and take the Bremerton ferry back to Seattle.

You can also ride parts of the Kitsap Color Classic; I think some of the roads are mentioned already:

https://www.cascade.org/EandR/kitsap/...C_Map_2009.pdf
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Old 06-07-10, 12:33 PM
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I work in Poulsbo and commute home by bike a couple of times a week. I typically take Big Valley Rd as it has decent shoulders and not too much traffic. It's a beautiful ride, but a bit short. I've been finding that I prefer to stay on the highways around here because they have quite large shoulders. I love the ride from Poulsbo to Bainbridge Island on Hwy 305. There is a bit of traffic, but the shoulder are usually about 6 feet wide and the road surface is really smooth. Plus, downtown Bainbridge has a lot of really nice places to grab a bite to eat before returning. It's about a 25 mi RT.

The Kitsap Color Classic has some nice routes as said before. I really like riding in Indianola as it's very quiet and beautiful. I didn't like the Hansville route as much because it was quite windy when I got out to the tip of the peninsula.

In the last month I've done rides in Pierce county (Daffodil Classic that starts in Orting) and Jefferson county (Fort 2 Fort ride that starts in Port Townsend) and have found that Kitsap county has much better roads. We have a lot of smooth black top and our chip seal roads seem to be much smoother.
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yeah, big valley road is way between poulsbo and the hood canal bridge, but to downtown winslow on bainbridge I certainly ride Lemolo Shores out of Poulsbo, to Agate Pass, then the first major right, at the small park/ballfield, manzanita to miller road, to high school road, and into town.

much more fun and senic -i mean, absolutely beautiful on manzanita than the 305, and nearly as quick.
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