"Taking you off the beaten path... to a beaten path."
Upcoming Rides* * * * * * * * * *
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, see note at bottom) tour package, a GPS 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 8:00AM 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. Our destination for the day will be Klahowya campground, but before taking off I'll brief everyone on any detours, closures or other issues and then answer any questions and help everyone get their GPS set up correctly 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 enjoy a BBQ dinner and share some cold ones. In the evening, I'll give a big screen slideshow presentation of our newly released Baja GPS tour.
After some muffins and coffee 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. Today's route is shorter than the first and third days' routes, so we'll provide an "extra" route for the quicker riders to help "fill-out" their day.
We'll enjoy another BBQ dinner and beverages and an evening around the fire with some new friends (and some old ones, 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. For those staying, there will be a screening of Dust to Glory after dark.
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. While not a short day, most riders normally finish up between 4-7 pm, and Seattle is only a 2 hour drive from here via Olympia and I-5.
If the weather is forecast to be greater than 50% chance of precipitation on 2 or more of the 3 days, we will postpone the ride until the following weekend. otherwise, we're on. Please RSVP if you think you'll be joining us so we can arrange appropriate camping spaces. Also, there will be a thread on advrider.com (announced later) where you can post your intention to attend and read up to the minute info on the ride.
Whether you haven't joined us for our Fun Ride before, or it's just been a while since you have, mark your calendar now and be sure to join us for a good time riding the best dual-sport ride on the Olympic Peninsula!
*This ride is free for owners of the 2011 Edition of the Olympics Loop Tour. Owners of the 2010 version are welcome as well, but will be charged a $25 fee, and are encouraged to instead upgrade to the latest edition.