This is a three-day bike camping tour along the Salish Sea with rolling hills and modest distance. We will carry all our own camping equipment and stay at Washington Park and Fort Townsend State Park.
The trip begins and ends at Amtrak Stations for easy access. Please make train reservations for yourself and your bike. This ride departs the Bellingham Amtrak station July 24 at 10am and will arrive at the Seattle Amtrak station by 6pm on July 26.
My favorite route in Snohomish County through very pretty hills farmland and back roads. We will start at my place which is on a 400 ft. hill east of Snohomish, drop down to the valley and loop South and East past Monroe to Sultan. We will try to get in to the Sultan bakery for lunch, but if the line is too long we'll stop at the mini mart at the turn from Highway 2 onto Old Owen Rd. We then work our way back to the start over hills and back roads including an optional jaunt out and back on the 3 mile road to the Lake Chaplain reservoir. Bring at least two water bottles, there is no water after the lunch stop (mile 30). Also remember to bring a couple of spare tubes, patch kit and tools so you will be self sufficient.
Post ride we will have a barbecue at my place. I'll have hot dogs chips and Costco potato salad, you are welcome to bring your own stuff if you want something more fancy.
Arrive by 9:00 for a 9:30 start.
Pace: 16 - 18 MPH on the flats, a lot less on the hills! Frequent regroups.
For Route and cue sheet see Ride with GPS.
Directions to start:
From I-5 Northbound in Everett, take Exit 194 East on Highway 2 to Snohomish/Wenatchee. Go 9 miles and take the 88th St Snohomish exit. Go left (east) onto 188th. At the stop sign at .8 miles go left onto 131st. At the next stop sign after 1 mile go right onto Three Lakes Road. After one more mile take the first left after 147th at the ORANGE BOW-TIE into the drive, the address on the mailbox is 14827. Our place is the red house, first on the left, drive through the gate and park to the right.
COGS is offering a beautiful four-day bike tour (with 4 nights lodging) in the Skagit Valley starting and finishing in La Conner, WA from August 9- 13, 2018. The Tour Description Page outlines what promises to be a fun-filled and adventuresome COGS bike tour.
This year’s registration will open up on Jan. 14, and will be a 2 step process to make it exclusive to COGS members. First register for this COGS Tour event so we can keep track of our registrants. An event confirmation email will be sent to you revealing a special registration link to click-on taking you to the Pegasus Bike Tours website for the COGS Tour registration.
Once you are on the Pegasus Bike Tours special registration page for the COGS Tour you will need to fill out their Registration Form and pay your tour deposit.
Full details are on the 2018 Tour Description Page
Day 2 Breakfast then ride out of Leavenworth on Chumstick Highway through the town of Plain up to Lake Wenatchee and return to Leavenworth. Dinner at local restaurant. 41.1 miles 2344 feet elevation gain. There is a gravel return alternative that has not been proofed.
Ride Leader: Peter Krippner
Check out if Fall has arrived in the Skagit River Valley. This is a fairly long, but low elevation, ride. This route starts on the North side of the river and follows the Cascade Trail as much as possible. In Concrete we'll have a quick lunch stop though food choices are limited. On our return we will cross the river to come back on the South side mostly on S Skagit Hwy.
See route: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/19611388
Print out your own cue sheets.
Bring tubes, patch kits, & pump.
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