Just to revive this old thread of mine, my brother and I are still batting around ideas for next summer's adventure, and once I realized you could take bikes onto the Victoria Clipper passenger ferry between Victoria and Seattle
for an extra $20 USD/bike, the idea of skipping the entire Anacortes-Seattle section and basically starting in downtown Seattle became a thing.
As did turning it into a loop tour starting with the Clipper and ending with the [urlhttps://www.cohoferry.com/]Coho ferry back to Victoria[/url] from Port Angeles - with the option of using Amtrak back to Vancouver (BC, not WA...) to shorten the whole thing.Link to a Google Maps overview of this route
- basically it's Seattle-Ellensburg-Yakima-Columbia River Gorge-Portland-Centralia-Tacoma-Bremerton-Port Angeles, 980km nominally. Two-and-a-half to three weeks, including a couple of days drinking beer in Portland.
Ending in Portland and letting Amtrak do most of the work of getting us home takes the bike portion down to 548km nominal.