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Old 05-02-05, 09:29 AM
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Want to head up to Port Townsend and circle the Olympia Pen and then south to Oregon/Calif.

Is my best option to take a Wash.State ferry over to Bainbridge Island and then cycle north from there
or is there a better way? Perhaps crossing over up at Edmonds?
I'll be staying at one of the hostels downtown.

And is end of May a good time to start weatherwise? I quess I can expect rain at any time, so perhaps a dumb question....
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It all depends how fast you want to get out of traffic -- or if you want to explore the Seattle area a bit before you're off into the wilderness.

If you have a reason to stay in Seattle, or want to explore the city, you can ride up to Edmonds. If you don't want city riding, though, the quickest escape would be from the downtown ferry to Bainbridge. But the ride from Bainbridge is a bit boring, compared to your other options. If you have enough time, loop up the coast to the Mt. Vernon area, then west and down over Deception Pass. Whidbey Island is pretty, rural, and worth the trip. But getting there on the mainland means heavy urban traffic for the first leg, and it's a long loop, it would add a few days.

The best compromise, for time and distance, would be the ferry from Mulkiteo to Whidbey, then over to Port Townsend. You still get the rural ride on Whidbey and it's only 40 or 50 miles longer than going through Bainbridge.

Y'know that ferry rates are going up on June 1? Hurry...

Actually your choice of ferry isn't much of a big deal. I'd caution you to be prepared for riding down 101 on the west side of the Olympic peninsula. It's very remote, very long, very empty (of human activity), very wild. That's cuz it's a "road to nowhere", except for local traffic and wilderness travelers to the National Park. Not trying to scare you off, just be prepared. I'm planning on doing this later in the summer, part of a long loop from my home near Portland. I've been there several times driving, and it's hauntingly beautiful along the coast. But you'd never know you were within 1000 miles of civilization.

The Olympic Peninsula gets the most rain of anywhere on the mainland 48 states. Most of that is long, heavy, winter storms. It gets its share of sunny summer days. If you watch the sattelite images, almost every weather system in the Pacific goes over the peninsula or Vancouver Island. You might be lucky in late May/early June, but expect to get wet.

Have a great trip!

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Hi,
I have planned something similar about the Olympic peninsula ending up in Port Angeles. I arrive by plane to Seattle and find it convenient to take the ferry from Seattle to Bremerton and then follow Number 3 - just to get rid of the city trafic. But perhaps itīs not a good idea?? What do the locals think about that?

Furthermore - the route up to Port Angeles, which one is the most spectacular. The western or the eastern road?

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Ok thanks for the advice. I can see that distances between towns on 101 are fairly far, but not overwhelming in any way. 44 miles fra PA to Sappho and Beaver, 11 more to Forks, 40 to kalaloch 5 to Queets 27 to neilton 16 to Humptulips.

What are these towns like ? Must be possible to obtain food/drink eh ?
I see there are a few Indian Reservations in that area. Do I have to worry about drunken Indians driving wildly on the road? Or what is there to worry about?
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By the way, I quess there are lots of blackbear and perhaps cougars in this area??

Better bring some rope and a foodcontainer...
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Camping fees seem a bit steep. Should I expect to pay 15 us for a campsite ? + entrance fee?

https://www.parks.wa.gov/parkpage.asp...llips&pageno=2

For Oregon they the state Parks have Hike/bike sites. Is correct that these are 4 us? Or do I have to add the 12 us for a tent ?

https://www.oregonstateparks.org/rates.php
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I'd rather ride the back roads from Bainbridge than Highway 3 from Bremerton. Takes 3 hours m/l to get to the Hood Canal Bridge, another nice way would be from Edmunds, but can't explain an easy way to bike to the ferry from downtown hostels. Best bet would be to go to bainbridge, then hang a left a few blocks, then north to Agate Pass and Poulsbo. Very relaxed biking if you're off the main road. Any medium scale road map will have main back roads on them. Bremerton to the Hood Canal Bridge would faintly suck compared to another option.

Those 'towns' like Beaver and Sappho are nothing more than wide spots in the road with a couple houses (as far as I remember.). It's Port Angeles, then Forks, then the Olympic park lodge (Kalaloch), then Moclips, then Ocean Shores, for services like groceries. Don't expect to find a grocery store in 'Oil City'

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Originally Posted by Per Kuhlwein
Hi,
I have planned something similar about the Olympic peninsula ending up in Port Angeles. I arrive by plane to Seattle and find it convenient to take the ferry from Seattle to Bremerton and then follow Number 3 - just to get rid of the city trafic. But perhaps itīs not a good idea?? What do the locals think about that?
Do not do the Bremerton route, Bremeton is a hole and the traffic is bad as soon as you get off the ferry. Do Bainbridge to Poulsbo, or the aforementioned Mukilteo route, and head North.
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Originally Posted by ScandiHo
Camping fees seem a bit steep. Should I expect to pay 15 us for a campsite ? + entrance fee?
Highway 101 is officially the start of the West Coast touring route, and hiker/biker camping fees might be in effect from the N. Peninsula all the way down to San Diego. This means a primitive site for $2-$3/night. I'm not exactly sure where the Northernmost H/B sites start, but you might be in luck...
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i don't think you have to pay entrance fees in you roll in on a bike. just camping fees.
also...not to throw any more suggestions at you, but the San Juan Islands are beautiful and perfect for cycling.
the peninsula IS beautiful, but it can get dreary and wet. and boring.
good luck!!
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Originally Posted by ScandiHo
Ok thanks for the advice. I can see that distances between towns on 101 are fairly far, but not overwhelming in any way. 44 miles fra PA to Sappho and Beaver, 11 more to Forks, 40 to kalaloch 5 to Queets 27 to neilton 16 to Humptulips.

What are these towns like ? Must be possible to obtain food/drink eh ?
I see there are a few Indian Reservations in that area. Do I have to worry about drunken Indians driving wildly on the road? Or what is there to worry about?
A general store/fuel station and maybe a diner, forks is slightly larger(a couple banks and a few diners) and PA is a small city. With the exception of PA they are small logging towns.
The reservations are actually a good bit off of the main path and the tribes around here aren't to stereotypical any way.
Yes cougars, maybe some bear, very clever racoons for sure, cayote, and maybe even a wolf. I've never seen a bear or cougar around here personaly, but we did have a couple cougars at the local elementary during the summer a few years back. I have seen cayotes and I think I saw a wolf in the night once near Mt. Rainier park(Or one big arse cayote) just the faint outline and the eyes (spooky eyes, I sort of ran it off but it would stop and stare back through the trees, so I made my way out of there)
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