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This Indian summer weather window seems to be closing soon, and I refuse to NOT get a ride in. Saturday is now looking poor inland, but the coast would seem OK till Saturday evening. Soooo... Taking Friday off work seems mandatory, and a circuit of the Olympic Peninsula seems in order.

Day 1 580 kms 8 1/2 hrs

https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/876+West+22nd+Avenue,+Vancouver,+BC+V5Z+1Z9,+Canada/Shelton,+WA,+USA/Adna,+WA,+USA/Aberdeen,+WA,+USA/@46.7331963,-124.1583055,7z/data=!4m51!4m50!1m10!1m1!1s0x548673ecd391d191:0xe7d18a0b096fb0d3!2m2!1d-123.123808!2d49.251392!3m4!1m2!1d-122.788253!2d48.1030254!3s0x548fec37520eb0d1:0xafe31cc4b37babcd!1m15!1m1!1s0x5491925d20e9e29f:0x76332351bc50d3a1!2m2!1d-123.1007066!2d47.2150945!3m4!1m2!1d-123.3131713!2d46.9401078!3s0x54917ff8c4ef0db9:0xdac307a252dd725c!3m4!1m2!1d-123.2598743!2d46.7614862!3s0x5493da3f5d5710d5:0x9ed13bce2fd404f4!1m15!1m1!1s0x5493e13288bee5bd:0xf00235c3b74831c0!2m2!1d-123.0614752!2d46.6290879!3m4!1m2!1d-123.6502849!2d46.6264347!3s0x5493b9849e35b659:0xf5ce9d05e4b5aeb0!3m4!1m2!1d-124.081319!2d46.7758055!3s0x5492522ee84919a9:0xe645d0adc0e7b719!1m5!1m1!1s0x5492247f3034a8c5:0xabd9edf9f0759975!2m2!1d-123.8157218!2d46.9753708!3e0


Chuckanut; Port Townsend ferry; Hood canal; obscure backroads south of Shelton; bits of coast; Aberdeen overnite.

Day 2 560 kms 8 hrs

https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/Aberdeen,+WA,+USA/Port+Angeles,+WA,+USA/Vancouver,+BC/@48.1213843,-124.196943,8z/data=!4m30!4m29!1m15!1m1!1s0x5492247f3034a8c5:0xabd9edf9f0759975!2m2!1d-123.8157218!2d46.9753708!3m4!1m2!1d-124.3933767!2d47.9873303!3s0x548e62bbc571f051:0x70f2aad056767946!3m4!1m2!1d-124.0523847!2d48.175362!3s0x548ef764c3519751:0xa94915eb1d6245cd!1m5!1m1!1s0x548e520cc0e7e747:0x5dbc618c634fa5d9!2m2!1d-123.4307413!2d48.118146!1m5!1m1!1s0x548673f143a94fb3:0xbb9196ea9b81f38b!2m2!1d-123.1207375!2d49.2827291!3e0

101; 113; back across the ferry and home...

If weather was good and keen-ness was high, it would be possible to run out to Neah Bay and back, but that adds about 100 km and an hour and a half. That will play out at the time...

Leaving Vancouver 6:45 am sharp - it's a solid 3 hours to the ferry, and one boat is out of commission at the moment, so missing the 10:15 sailing means waiting an hour and a half.

It'll be cold in the mornings, so heated gear and/or fortitude is necessary. No grouching!

Short notice, considering the day-off-work thing, I know, but any takers?
 

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Hey Don looks like a great ride, maybe next year as well? My son's birthday is this weekend and we have plans
 

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sorry Pete. you should have thought about this, back in the day when you were having your family. it should have been obvious there would be 'rare', special opportunities to ride in Sept and Oct - so, no unprotected sex in Dec and January! :laughing
 

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stolen from my FB post: I remember, back in the day, going ice climbing up in Lillooet country, and feeling especially chuffed if it was raining when I got back into Vancouver. Felt like a stolen weekend... and so it was with this m/c trip. Sunny, even hot , yesterday. Lincoln Creek Rd (west of Centralia) was the discovery of the day. Cloudy, nearly drizzling, this morning in Aberdeen. Nearly had to don raingear up around Quinault. Much better on Juan de Fuca coast. Lapped SR 112 thru Pysht - 22kms each direction - 3 times. Getting gloomier the further north I came. Crossed the border just at the edge of precip, and had to stop under the second overpass north of the Peace Arch to pull out the raingear. Yup, another 'stolen weekend'! I'm grinning, ear-to-ear! (photos to come separately... tomorrow...)
 

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Friday summary: Chilly start. Electric vest plus heated grip, with light merino longs. Blinding sunrise along 99. Gloomy thru Chuckanut. 2:50 home to ferry. Either missed Loggers Landing in Quilcene, or it has closed. Very light traffic down Hood Canal. Worried about fuel, but got to Hoodsport at 250 kms and put in 3.9 US gal ( capacity 4.5 gal). On a recommendation, I went 3 miles back north to get lunch at The Tides, but it was no better than average. Missed the Mud Bay exit for Delphi Rd, so had to take Black Lk Blvd instead. Waddell Crk Rd adn Littlerock Rd OK, but not outstanding. Got badly turned around at Oakville and took about 3 tries to find Garrard Crk Rd, which is excellent. Lincoln Creek Rd, which I had not ridden before, was even better, with some tight sections and plenty of wonderful pastoral riding. Fueled in Centralia. By this time it was 80F - quite a contrast to the morning. Curtis Hill Rd and McDonald Rd to Pe Ell. WA 6 to Raymond. I intended to take US 105 around the coast, but I was tired and just shot north on 110 to Aberdeen. There are a couple very nice sections at the start and end of this, but as luck would have it I was stuck behind heavy trucks at both those. Overnite in the Travelodge ($79 plus tax), which needs to tone down the perfume level in their cleaning compounds. Dinner at Billy's which was not as enjoyable as I recalled it from maybe 5 years ago. Aberdeen was Kurt Cobain's hometown, and you can feel where the despair came from...

Bayview - Edison Rd

IMG_2296L by Don Serl, on Flickr

Port Townsend ferry

IMG_2301L by Don Serl, on Flickr


Hood Canal

IMG_2310L by Don Serl, on Flickr


Lincoln Creek Rd

IMG_2323L by Don Serl, on Flickr


IMG_2325L by Don Serl, on Flickr
 

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Saturday morning was as gloomy as Friday was bright. Wishkah Rd north of Aberdeen was new to me, and enjoyable. US 101 is pretty boring up to Lake Quinault and over to Queets, and light drizzle came very close to convincing me to put on raingear. Clearwater Rd made a very nice 50 km diversion (also new to me), and the skies lightened as I moved north. It was almost sunny by the time I got to SR 112, and I ripped that with high enthusiasm eastbound, then turned around and lapped back at a similar pace ( 22 kms each way), before riding eastbound a final time, with stops for photos. What a superb road, if you're happy enough having the bike bucking around under you over an pretty uneven roadbed. Then just routine back to the Port Townsend ferry, before joining the hordes on Hwy 20 up Whidbey Island. Reversed Bayview Edison and got schooled by a fellow on some sort of older 'sport-touring' machine with hardbags on the Chuckanut, altho I would not have done a couple of the passes he pulled. Crossed the border just at the edge of precipitation, and had to stop under the second overpass north of the Peace Arch to don the raingear. The perfect 'stolen' weekend...


Clearwater Road - moss country!

IMG_2353L by Don Serl, on Flickr


IMG_2359L by Don Serl, on Flickr


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SR 112 - OMFG...


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IMG_2375L by Don Serl, on Flickr


IMG_2385L by Don Serl, on Flickr


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^^^ interesting. I wanted to get out that way too, but there was not time. it's certainly bumpy from the 113 junction eastward, but that's always been the case.
 
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