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Portland to Seattle to San Juans. I need a cue sheet.

Old 03-20-09, 12:52 PM
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Portland to Seattle to San Juans. I need a cue sheet.

Hey

I am biking from Portland, OR to Seattle, WA and then up to the San Juan islands in May. I found this route:

https://www.gmap-pedometer.com/?r=588017

But since I cannot really remember that all and don't want to pull out a map all the time I am wondering if someone has a cue sheet?

Can someone confirm that this is a good route? Also, what is transportation like coming back from Seattle to Portland by bus or ferry?

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Old 03-20-09, 02:14 PM
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You can export that route then import it into Bikely.com, add a few (at least six) descriptions to the points (Right on XYZ Road, Left on PQR Street, etc), then save it, view it again and go to Show > Cue Sheet. Tada!
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I think the route sucks.... I would get out on the coast and then cut over to kingston and take a ferry if you really want to go into seattle. Do you have a need to go into seattle or is this just the route came up with? It would be much better to follow the coast and then hood canal up until you get to port townsend.... then ferry across to whidbey and ride up the island to anacortes..... then ferry into the san juans. You might consider map #1 of adventure cyclings pacific coast route. Check it out here... https://www.adventurecycling.org/rout...?pg=detail&s=1 Then on the way home from the san juans you could catch the train in Mount Vernon into seattle and hang out if you wanted or just continue on to Portland.

Have any more questions i'll do my best to answer them..... PS... i live on whidbey island so i'm pretty up on the area.
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ps.. that map is $14.75 for non members and $11.75 for members. Worth every penny. It will have campsite information and hostels.. and motels.. and police/emergency information. Turn by turn directions and when your done with you trip you can sell it on the bay for at least half what you paid.
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Originally Posted by CPAllick
Can someone confirm that this is a good route? Also, what is transportation like coming back from Seattle to Portland by bus or ferry?
I've ridden from north of Seattle to Portland -- and driven it quite a bit, too -- and I wouldn't want to parallel I-5 for very far.

Best way out of Portland is to ride Hwy 30 to Rainier (OR), then over the Lewis and Clark bridge into Longview (the bridge itself is dicey, but it's only a mile; Hwy 30 is great riding). The STP ("Seattle-to-Portland") ride uses this route, for a reason.

I bicycle-commuted around urban Seattle for several months. I haven't cycled through on tour, and I haven't ridden through Tacoma. Maybe it's OK..... but generally the urban areas around Puget Sound, from McChord AFB to Everett, are nerve-wracking for cycling, especially if you're not familiar with the route (which you aren't...)

The Adventure Cycling route goes up the west side of Puget Sound. It's almost all rural, it's a good route. It goes by Bremerton, where you can catch a ferry to Seattle, if that's where you're headed. Or you can keep going north, through Pt. Townsend and to Mt. Vernon, which is the gateway to the San Juans.

Getting from Seattle to Portland with a bike is best done by Amtrak. Or try craigslist, there's a lot of "riders wanted" for the 3-hour drive.

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that route kinda sucks. For cue sheets, just put the route into google maps driving directions. You can tease the blue line around to customize it, and even insert breaks where you want to stop each day.

I toured the Olympics last summer via the Oregon coast. The route I'm linking to is, from Shelton on down, the same one I took coming back to PDX via Hood Canal

Something like this:

https://maps.google.com/maps?f=d&sour...72412&t=h&z=11

I agree with Kayakdiver that unless you want to visit Seattle, you'd be far better to just keep going up Hood Canal (hwy 101) from Shelton and take the ferry from Port Townsend. You could always hit Seattle up on the way back, and then take the train to Portland.
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That looks pretty similar to the STP route, besides the longview to portland portion. Going that way you will see some really nice parts of cascadia. Loads of rolling hills on backroads and small towns. A lot of the roads are far nicer than riding 101. If done right, this route can be as good as the coastal route. You won't meet as many cyclists though.
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Got a map?

30, Longview, old highways north to Napaville, toggle under I-5 at Centralia/Chehalis, back on the west side of I-5 past Mima Mounds, Capitol State forest, Shelton, Bremerton.

if you need to go to Seattle, ferry to Seattle, then ferry back to Bainbridge. Bainbridge to Poulsbo.

or continue riding Bremerton to Poulsbo, Hood Canal Bridge then immediate right to Port Townsend, ferry to Whidbey, Anacortes, ferry to San Juans.

It's pretty tough to get too turned around if you connect those dots. there's only so many roads.

edited to add: the 101 option is great if you don't need to go to seattle but slim services between shelton and Port townsend on the 101. actually its not too bad, plenty of water and a couple of small towns. quilcene.

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Hrmm, yeah I have no desire to go to Seattle. I just figured after Centralia it would be the easiest place to find a couch to sleep on.

Thanks for the suggestions. I am starting to feel more confident about the ride.
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I think you should pack your own couch.

there's lots of good camping on that ride and beautiful too.
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Old 03-23-09, 08:39 AM
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Fair enough, I clearly have some things to think about. Thanks!
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