For the Memorial Day long weekend (May 27-29), Dennis Counts and Don Smyth will be leading a cycling tour in Victoria, BC. This will be a credit-card bike tour, so you will need panniers or other on-bike cargo accommodations for two nights in Victoria. The ride will be moderate pace.
We will meet at the Anacortes Ferry Dock on the morning of Saturday, May 27 to take the 8:30AM Ferry to Sidney, BC. Arriving in Sidney at 11:10AM, we will take the scenic Lochside Bike Trail to the outskirts of Victoria, then follow the coastline around the eastern perimeter of Oak Bay and Victoria, ending up in James Bay, near the central Inner Harbour of Victoria. The first day’s ride is about 28 miles from the ferry.
There are many accommodation options around the Inner Harbour of Victoria. A few options within walking distance of James Bay are (by distance):
James Bay Inn: http://www.jamesbayinn.com/
Day’s Inn: http://www.daysinnvictoria.com/
Best Western: http://www.victoriabestwestern.com/
Admiral Inn: http://www.admiralinnhotel.com/
Chateau Victoria: http://www.chateauvictoria.com/
Ocean Island Inn|Backpackers|Suites: http://www.oceanisland.com/
The ride leaders will be staying in the James Bay Inn, so all three rides use that as a starting/ending point. If you decide to stay further afield, please allow time to meet the group in James Bay for the ride starts, dinners, etc. Also, please check with the venue about bike storage -- the James Bay Inn has a locked bike storage building in back.
Sunday morning we will set out to the west, riding through Esquimalt, View Royal, Langford, Colwood, Metchosin and Sooke, then looping back towards Victoria on the Galloping Goose trail. We will then head across Victoria to the University of Victoria, swing around that and then south through Victoria, back to the James Bay Inn. This route is about 57 miles, though we will also present variations for shorter (35-50 mile) rides.
Monday morning we will head out early on a 21 mile ride so we can catch the 12:05pm ferry to Anacortes. We will ride north through Victoria and Saanich towards Brentwood Bay, passing Butchart Gardens. We will then cut over to the north-east towards Sidney, hooking up with the northern part of the Lochside Trail to go back to the ferry. The ferry arrives in Anacortes at 3:00pm.
There is only one ferry a day on this route, so our timing is pretty fixed. Staying near the Inner Harbour of Victoria will leave us with many touristic and dining opportunities — it should be a load of fun!
Here are our planned routes: https://ridewithgps.com/events/34779-victoria-memorial-day-weekend-2017
Here is the ferry schedule: http://www.wsdot.com/ferries/schedule/ScheduleDetailByRoute.aspx?route=ana-sj-sid
Parking space at the terminal is not reserved, so allow time to find parking for the weekend. Three days at the terminal is $25. http://www.wsdot.wa.gov/ferries/vesselwatch/terminaldetail.aspx?terminalid=1#transportation — note that street parking in Anacortes is limited to 24hrs.
Please arrive in Anacortes Saturday morning allowing plenty of time to find parking and then be at the dock ready to load 30 minutes before the departure time of 8:30am.
We would love to have you join us on this bike tour to Don’s home town!
Peter Krippner will lead a weekend bike camping trip coinciding with National Bike Travel Weekend. This will be a 3 day 2 night trip for 142 miles, 5500'. See below for each days plan and mileage/elevation. Pace will be steady.
On Day 1 we will try to catch the 12:20 PM Fauntleroy ferry ($7.35) to Southworth and ride to Joemma Beach State Park, near Nisqually Reach and Case Inlet. We will stay at the hiker/biker sites or select an available campground. 50 miles, 2664'. There will not be much food options so be prepared to make dinner at camp.
On Day 2 we head towards Belfair and then skirt along the water as we head towards Potlatch State Park where we will stay. Once again we will use the hiker/biker sites. 44 miles, 1511'.
On Day 3 we will head back home via skirting along the water towards Belfair, then use Old Belfair Hwy to get towards Bremerton from which we will take the ferry to Seattle. Back to Gas Works Park is 48 miles, 1324'.
To view the event and get route info/cue sheets see: https://ridewithgps.com/events/29305-cogs-bike-camping-trip-2017 .
A nice ride to the end of the pavement on the Mountain Loop Highway. There are no services on the route, so be sure to bring some food. I'm planning to have my wife drive the route, so you can put any food or other items you don't want to carry in the car for the ride up. The ride is about 100km with 900m climbing, or you can turn around at the Big Four Ice Caves lot for an 82km round trip and about 200m less climbing. RideWithGPS route at:
Teri, Sherry & Marie will lead a new 45 mile ride, Perimeter Ride of Bellevue Eastside. Sunday, July 9 at 8:30am. Start location East Parking Lot at Marymoor Park, Redmond. Moderate pace, regroup. Coffee stop at mile 10.5 at Issaquah Coffee Company in Gilman Village. Restroom stop at 33 miles, Medina City Hall. View stop at the new 520 Trailhead. Cue sheet can be printed from RideWithGPS at: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/15546659
This is a four-day mixed terrain bike camping tour through the Oregon coast range. Two of the days will have significant unpaved portions. We will carry all our own camping equipment and stay at the Hiker/Biker sites at Stub Stewart and Nehalem Bay State Parks as well as Trask River County Park. The trip begins and ends at the end of the MAX line in Hillsboro for easy access from much of Portland.
COGS is offering a beautiful seven-day bike tour (with 8 nights lodging) in the Southwest Corner and Pacific Coast of Oregon starting and finishing in Sutherlin, Oregon from August 19- 27, 2017. This description outlines what promises to be a fun-filled and adventuresome COGS bike tour.
Full details are on the Tour Description Page
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