9 Days of easy Riding and Hiking.
Easy first day. All on roads I’ve ridden before on multiple occasions. The only stretch that will be unfamiliar is a short segment on E SR 106. It’s the last 9 or 10 miles, and it looks be pretty flat on the canal. Ending at Twanoh State Park. No primitive or biking campsites, so I’ll be paying full price. Ugh.
Looks like a flat trip along the water. Stop in Hoodsport @ the Hoodsport Coffee Co. for caffeine and maybe a snack.
If I feel good, ride past the state park and do some dispersed camping instead of hitting the park.
Looks like the first climb, but only to 700ft starts the day out. Drop into Quilcene and buy some morning coffee and move on. At 16 miles, a quick detour to Leland lake, and back to HWY 101. At 24 miles, expect to exit the Highway and begin cycling on the Olympic Discovery Trail. Eat lunch at Sequim State Park. Then continue through Sequim. 58 miles in, check out the overlook at Morse Creek?. Then find a place to sleep.
Eat a lot. Climb Up and Up. Take pictures. Coast back down.
Leaving civilization behind. Continuing on the ODT? until 16 miles in, it veers south into the hills. Climb through the pass to Lake Crescent. Looks like flat riding until mile 27. Then a switchback down to Camp David Junior Road. And into Fairholme.
Climb for 2 miles, then downhill on the ODT? until Lake Pleasant and Beaver, WA. Get some coffee and brace for a stretch on HW 101 into Forks. Goodbye ODT!
HW 101? for 7.5 miles, then up the valley to Hoh Rain Forest Visitor Center at about 26 miles in. Eat some Lunch, and bike back to HW 101?. Descend a mile to the new Campground.
Ride 12 miles down the Hoh River to the Pacific Ocean?. Then due south hugging the coast to Kalaloch Ranger Station at 20 miles in. Queets has a trading post mile 25, so buy some junk food maybe. Head inland to Lake Quinault?.
A lot of backcountry grinding. Route chosen to keep off of HW 101. Slightly more hills, but nearly 10 less miles than previous chosen route.
Riding backroads for the first 20 miles to keep off the highway. Then a short stretch on West Simpson Svr (26 miles) and revisit Camp Thunderbird for the first time since I was in the scouts more than 25 years ago. Rejoin the highway at 29 miles, and descend until a turnoff on the Old Pacific Highway NW. Bike lanes through Olympia. Eventually, link up with the KFWT and cycle through the burbs. Nisqually, across the Freeway to Dupont, Steilacoom, University Place… and Home.