"Taking you off the beaten path... to a beaten path."
Upcoming Rides* * * * * * * * * *
Open to anyone who owns a copy of the Olympics Loop GPS Tour or a freind who does.
We'll be riding the full loop over three full days of riding and two nights camping out. The only requirement is that you have a copy of this year's (or last year's) tour package and a GPS (or have a riding buddy who has these) and a hunger for some good riding. We will be camping out both nights at riverside campgrounds along the route.
We'll be meeting up at 8:30AM in the small town of Hoodsport on the Hood canal on Saturday morning, in the parking lot of the old USFS building on the right side of the road that leads up to Lake Cushman. I'll announce the destination for the day, and help everyone get their GPS set up right and answer any questions before heading out.
We will not be traveling together as one big moving group, but rather as individual riders (or groups of riding buddies) using your GPS and the GripTwister routes you've downloaded to it previously. Still, you'll likely cross paths multiple times and meet up here and there with the other riders along the route as stops are made for pics/breaks/etc.. We'll all regroup in the evening again at camp to BS around the fire and share some cold ones, courtesy of GripTwister Tours. In the evening, I'll give a slide presentation of the fully supported Baja rides we do each year for anyone interested.
In the morning, we'll break camp early and finish our assault on the northern slopes of the Olympics, with a contingent of the crazy and willing (led by myself) once again taking an alternate route this year over some "less than perfect" roads. Then we'll make some serious headway on the western slopes before calling it a day at another beautiful riverside camp spot. We'll enjoy another evening around the fire with some new freinds (and some old, too). For those that have to get back home for work or whatever on Monday, it's time to hit the slab home. We'll be about 2 - 2 1/2 hours from Olympia via pavement at the end of the day.
Monday, we'll finish up the west side and come back across the entire southern side of the Olympics to highway 101 just a few miles north of Shelton. We normally finish up at around 4-6 pm, and Seattle is only a 2 hour drive from here via Olympia and I-5.
If the weather is forecast to be lots of rain over the 3 days, we will postpone the ride until the following weekend. If it's just going to be a chance of showers, we're on. Please RSVP if you think you'll be joining us so we can arrange appropriate camping spaces. Also, there is a thread here on advrider.com where you can post that you're going and read up to the minute info on the ride.