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Routes / I90 etc
« on: March 22, 2007, 07:04:29 pm »
You can bicycle on I-90 in Washington state with the exception that it is closed to bicycles thru Spokane and also closed from Issaquah to Seattle. There will be signs stating "bicycles must exit"

Routes / N. Washington coast; peninsula or inland?
« on: December 20, 2006, 08:34:30 pm »
My wife and I rode from our home in Sammamish/Bellevue to CA a few years ago and took the inland route, riding to Bremerton - Shelton then picking up hwy 101 near Westport and riding it all the way south. The northern WA coast road only follows the ocean for a few miles. Although scenic, you will not have many ocean views. The inland route has as many saltwater views as the coast, is scenic and has more services (stores, camping and hotels). Also, depending on where you are starting, the coast route can be much longer. Do not miss the southern Wa Coast from Westport south to Oregon, it will be some of the nicest scenery you will find.

Routes / Need Washington state route help
« on: November 01, 2006, 07:12:37 pm »
Check with Seattle's Cascade Bicycle Club. Go to and click on the message boards.
Post your inquiry there and you will get a ton of route options and maps and links.

Routes / Northern tier questions
« on: August 19, 2005, 07:41:49 pm »
In normal years the North Cascades highway opens around the 3rd week in April. In years of heavy snowfall, opening could be later. Your crossing weather could be anything from sunshine to snow. The highpoint is Washington Pass at 5477 feet so be prepared. It is a gorgeous road, scenery is stunning. When you get to Glacier, I'd suggest staying at the closest place you can on the West side of the summit. Get an early start so you hit the summit before the cut off. You'll want enough time to take in the views. I stopped a lot on the way up. The views are just WOW.

Routes / Pacific Coast - Getting out of Seattle
« on: May 06, 2005, 08:59:48 pm »
Consider taking the Bremerton Ferry from Seattle. From Bremerton head to Shelton then toward Aberdeen and Westport.....I rode this route in Sept 2004 and it worked well

General Discussion / Favorite book
« on: September 02, 2008, 12:58:33 pm »
"No Shortcuts to the Top" by Ed Viesturs.
His account of climbing all the worlds 8000 meter peaks.

General Discussion / Tandem and Touring
« on: July 30, 2008, 10:06:45 pm »
my wife and I use panniers in addition to our BOB trailer and it is still a challenge to fit everything since we tour with camping and cooking gear. I would also suggest adding front panniers to balance the weight and handling.

General Discussion / Pacific Coast Route Advice
« on: July 30, 2008, 10:02:19 pm »
I would vote for the Raymond / Willapa Bay route. I took this route a few years ago on my way to California. Also, I took the Seattle - Bremerton ferry and rode to Shelton from there. The Washington coast is scenic and in some places as scenic as the Oregon Coast. The Willapa Bay is one of the best preserved estuaries on the coast. The roads have low to moderate traffic with good shoulders most of the way. The towns along the way and nice too. An added bonus is riding across the 5 mile long Astoria Bridge. It looks intimidating but is an easy, adventurous scenic crossing. Try to make it to Tokeland, the old hotel restaurant is worth the visit and stop for oysters in South Bend. The inland route is rural and has low traffic roads but you just don't have the water views. I just love looking out at that big expanse of water........

General Discussion / Wilderness Areas Limiting biking
« on: May 01, 2008, 01:42:11 pm »
Wilderness designation restricts all mechanized travel which includes bicycles. Roads which remain  open to vehicles will be open to bicycles but bicycles will generally be banned from all trails in wilderness areas. We have a number of wilderness areas in my home state of Washington so although I can't ride trails there, we have vast quantities of National Forests which are open to cycling. It is a trade off. The population of WA has more that doubled since a moved here and it will more than double again in the next 20 years. I welcome areas being protectd for future recreational use even if that means I access them by hiking instead of bike. We have also lost biking access to areas here to logging and mining activities which are allowed in national forest areas. Contact the Wilderness Coalition, weigh the impacts and and stay involved in the process. Good luck and keep us informed. The country's newest wilderness, The Wild Sky, which is located just 40 miles from Seattle has just been approved by congress and should be signed into law by the President in the next week.

General Discussion / Storing Bike Box in France
« on: May 01, 2008, 01:14:40 pm »
I stayed just outside Paris a few years ago and stayed at the same hotel for 2 nights before and one night after a 3 week tour. The hotel kept my bike box in storage for me for the entire time and did not charge me for strorage.

General Discussion / Saettle Bike Shop
« on: December 05, 2007, 07:26:06 pm »
Elliott Bay Bicycles is top notch and you can coast to the ferry dock from their shop which is located 1 block north of the historic Pike Place Market.

General Discussion / Whadya mean, dead last AGAIN!?
« on: August 13, 2007, 08:42:02 pm »

go to Chris Carmichael's web site (he is Lance Armstrong's coach). Lots of free advice on how to train. You can also pay (at all different levels) for private coaching.  

General Discussion / camp food
« on: August 03, 2007, 07:18:22 pm »
start with pasta or rice.
after cooking add tuna or chicken from the vacuum sealed packets you can pick up in any grocery store.
you can also use smoked salmon.
add grated Romano cheese (this cheese will keep a long time without refridgeration.
to vary, you can also add carrots or other veggies to the pasta/rice while it's cooking.  

using these variations will get you 5 or more different meals. If you like quinoa (a south american grain very high in protien) you can use it just like pasta or rice and have more that a weeks worth of different meals. These recipes are also easy to pack and much more cost effective that freeze dried.

General Discussion / Where this year?
« on: January 03, 2007, 08:25:30 pm »
Hello Russell............
sounds like PBP in 2007 for you..  Good luck, focus, relax and enjoy.......  
I did it in 1995..........

General Discussion / Cycle America
« on: January 04, 2006, 04:49:11 pm »

My wife and I did two Cycle America tours, Glacier Nat. Park and the Coast-Redwoods-Crater Lake. They were both great. Good food, staff, organization, camping and routes. I'd highly recommend them.

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