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.
Steady to moderate pace ride along the west side of the Duwamish, through South Park with a stop in Georgetown for coffee & cake. Return to Gas Works via Beacon Hill & Interlaken Park. Approximately 30 miles
Ride Leader, Dennis Counts 206-818-1346
http://www.portangeles.org/pages/RideTheHurricane (No Century ride option)
This event was originally scheduled in June and is being pushed back to October. This is a weekend hub n spoke opportunity for the Bellingham area. For camping Larabee State Park is nearby. All rides will begin and end from Boulevard Park in Bellingham. I have selected 3 of my favorite bike routes to lead in the Bellingham area. Please note the description of the type of ride for each day as each one is a little different from each other. For dinner each night I am selecting a local brewery or pub to dine at and hope you can join me. These are suggested places and we can change it per the group's wishes. Make sure you are self-sufficient with the proper tools and spare tubes. Be prepared for all weather conditions as can occur in early June.
Thursday Oct 1: for those arriving this evening I will host at my home a little get together. Come by anytime between 7-9 for snacks and drinks. 4921 Lewis Ave. Near Lake Whatcom. Please RSVP if you can make it.
Friday Oct 2: Chuckanut-Colony Rd Loop. Depart at 10:00 AM from Boulevard Park. This will be a moderate - high moderate pace with no gravel sections. If you park at Boulevard Park go to the far north end. If possible ride to the start location from your lodging. This will include a stop at Breadfarm Bakery (cash only). Dinner location: Chuckanut Brewery.
Saturday Oct 3: Bellingham Trail Loop. Depart at 10:00 AM from Boulevard Park. This ride will make use of the Bellingham trail system as much as possible. Most trails are in good condition with compact gravel. Suggest at least 28 wide tires while 32+ is ideal. The mileage may not seem like much but we will ride at a steady pace, probably 12 mph and include a number of stops. We have all day so there is no need to hurry. We will be off-road most of the ride with connections through quiet neighborhoods. 12.5 miles of paved roads, 19 miles of trails. Dinner location: Twin Sisters Brewery.
Sunday Oct 4: Friday Creek. Depart at 9:00 AM. I am doing an earlier departure for those who want to get home at a decent time on Sunday afternoon/evening. This is mostly a road ride with a 1.2 mile section on a gravel road in decent condition. Same tires suggested as on yesterday's ride. Meal location after the ride: Schweinhaus Biergarten (if weather is good). Plenty of options exist if we want to be indoors.
Optional Day Monday Oct 5: PROB'HAM Ride. If you are able to stay and join for one more hilly ride please come for a great route circumnavigating the city limits of Bellingham.
Please download your routes to your devices or print out your own cue sheets. However these will be stay together rides with occasional regroups as necessary. If you have further questions on this event or better suggestions for dinner please contact me at 206-271-1470. Final updates on the routes and dinner locations will be made through Sep 15 so you should download your routes anytime after Sept 15.
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