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Old 02-28-11, 02:35 PM
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Tacoma to Olympia - done it recently?

Hi all,

Has anyone ridden from Tacoma to Olympia recently? Any updates on closed roads, detours, paving issues, etc? I'd like to do it this weekend (for the first time) and I'm trying to avoid I-5, so if you've got a route that you love that keeps a rider off the freeway, I'm eager to hear.

Thanks.
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Yup, its do-able. You can either take the scenic, hilly route thru Steilacoom then DuPont. Then you're only on the freeway for less than 1/4 mile then back down onto Nisqually Road, then make a Right onto 7th Ave SW, then another Right onto Steilacoom/Nisqually Cutoff Road. Follow that till it turns onto Martin way and you'll be fine thru Lacey and into Olympia. Here's our route from Tacoma to Dupont =>

https://connect.garmin.com/activity/67923393

Or you can also take Pacific Ave then onto Hwy 7 to Hwy 507 (part of the STP route), then you can head west from either Yelm or Rainier to Lacey or Olympia. Here's part of the route =>

https://connect.garmin.com/activity/60152428


As for closed roads or detours, there were none that we encountered. The only thing about a few of the roads like Hwy 507 is the speed of the vehicles and some semis coming close. The freeway portion I mentioned above has a wide shoulder and like i said, its less than 1/4 mile so really nothing to worry about. Let me know if you have any more questions or help!

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Thanks so much for the help. We ended up going through Steilacoom and DuPont and I-5 was much easier than I expected. Getting up to 70mph took some effort, though.

It was a great ride and now that the barrier to getting to Olympia is broken for me, I envision doing it regularly.

Thanks again.
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Good to hear it worked out! Isn't it funny reaching freeway speeds so easily?

So is this going to be regular commute to Olympia?
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What part of I-5 did you ride?

Last year, while picking up a used Giant TCR bike from a seller in Seattle, I rode it from Lakewood to downtown Olympia, using I-5 from the Gravelly Lake Road exit to the Martin Way exit in Lacey. Even though I later sold the bike because it was too small, it and I flew down I-5 along the shoulder. It took about one hour and 50 minutes (even carrying a back pack).
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