I'm on a cross-country trip, ending it on the ACA Northern Tier after self-routing in the east and TransAm in the middle.
Somewhat belatedly -- i'm now at the eastern border of Washington state ..., i realize that i arrive in Anacortes with more time to spare than a simple ride to Seattle would take to catch my train back east. Hence my question:
Does anybody have a good suggestion for a 3-4 day trip from Anacortes
to Seattle? The olympic mountains come in mind but i have no idea
what would be good routes, whether there is a decent level of services
around and whether this time of the year (more specifically, end of
next week) would be a good or bad time to ride there.
Some background: i love mountains, so this is not a problem as long as
it's not steeper than 10% (unfortunately, my original bike broke down
and i have now a suboptimally geared second one ..) -- if there is a
nice out-n-return climb where i could drop temporarily my trailer,
though, it gladly could be steeper ... and distance-wise 70miles/day
would certainly be fine, i.e., 200-300 miles total.
BTW: If anybody has alternatively some suggestions on great day hikes
along route 20 worth a day off the bike, that would be great,
too. But no, while i would like to climb Mt. Baker, i'm not equipped
with the right gear for that :-) But hikes of 15 miles and 3000ft
elevation gain would certainly be fine ..
PS: Some (limited) info on my trip is on http://www.crazyguyonabike.com/doc/headwest