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Old 04-07-11, 10:52 AM
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Everett, WA locals question

This summer I hope to visit family in Anacortes, and am also hoping for a coupla days backroads loop ride down Whidbey to see friends in Langley and then back up through La Conner. Years ago I lived in the area and am familiar with most of it but I'm guessing the connection between Mukilteo and Marysville is still dodgy. I never had the nerve before to use the trestle, is there a relatively un-scary way over or around the delta?
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Old 04-07-11, 04:39 PM
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Well, it's probably just the couple miles across the flats between Everett and Marysville; specifically, just getting across the bridge over the Snohomish River.
1. You could put your bike on the Community Transit bus and ride across. Then you can pick your poison, Marine Drive and its roller-coaster hills and traffic too fast for road width, or north through Marysville in traffic.
2. Or, a bit more adventure: Mukilteo Boulevard into Everett; cross I-5 at 41st and take a right. Ride south through Lowell, drop down across the BNSF railroad tracks and head toward Snohomish. Pick up the Centennial Trail at the east side of town, ride it north to just south of Arlington. Endure a mile or so of narrow/no-shoulder road. Just north of the Arlington airport, head west to Island Crossing / Silvana. Cross the river at Silvana, pick up the road along the north side of the Stillaguamish and go west toward Stanwood. Once in Stanwood, north to Conway, west to LaConner. This is probably 15 miles longer than just riding through Marysville, but it will spare you the traffic on Marine Drive (west of Marysville) or getting through Marysville on State.
Take a look at an on-line map, and at recent on-line aerial photos -- may help you decide areas to stay away from.
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Old 04-07-11, 08:47 PM
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I would do option 2 above.
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Old 04-07-11, 09:07 PM
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Thanks, Moleman. I was hoping there'd be news about a great new bike lane across the bridge, but it must be where they're keeping the unicorns. Suggestion #2 is a good one, I had been thinking Kayak Point and hadn't thought of going east. It's been about 14 years since I last saw the Centennial Trail, a little detour would be worth it for old time's sakes, along with being a friendlier route. Thanks again for the input.
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Centennial trail is probably a lot longer now then 14 years ago.
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Boy, as a resident of the area, I cannot improve upon option # 2. I would try to avoid Highway 9. Some narrow shoulders in parts of it and the cars are going by at 60 mph just a couple feet away from you. Not to mention a lot of gravel, glass and debris on the shoulders.
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Old 04-08-11, 12:27 AM
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j-law: The last time I was on Centennial it was paved to about 6 miles north of Snohomish, and then overgrown gravel railroad grade for another few miles, ending or more accurately sort of petering out near some guy's driveway in the woods. I figured they'd get around to finishing it one of these days, I'm glad to hear they did, it's a nice amenity.

MillCreek: I lived in Mill Creek for a few years, mostly riding a lot of the backroads but once did a ride up Hwy 9 to Big Lake and cut over to La Conner to meet family. You're right, not a fun road to ride on, even then, so much traffic going so damn fast. A shame, the northern part of 9 is pretty scenic, if there were just some room on the road, not to mention sanity.
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Hwy 9 between Arlington and Big Lake can be very nice at 6:30 am in the summer. It's part of a nice loop (Arlington - Sedro Woolley - Rockport - Darrington - Arlington), +/- 105 miles, and if you start early enough on a Saturday a lot of people are still sleeping in.

Depending on how energetic you want to be about it, the Snohomish Bakery on 1st Street can be a nice place to partake of a few carbs.

Glad that you all were able to follow my route #2 description.

I created a map using www.bikely.com, named "Mukilteo-Snohomish-Stanwood" to show it. Bikely thinks it is 79km long.

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Old 04-08-11, 10:18 PM
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Holy cow, Moleman, above and beyond the call, man! Thanks for doing that. I'm somewhat embarrassed to say I had not heard of Bikely, that puppy's gonna be fun to play with.
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