B.I.K.E.S. Club of
Snohomish County

Weekends & Tours 2017


BIKES Club tours and weekends are put together with the idea that riding and sight-seeing are more enjoyable for a group. We would hope that if you want to diverge from the intended routes that you would communicate with the ride leader and be able to find your own way. 

Have your bike in good repair, and be ready to ride some hills and the distances involved. Everyone should have the equipment and know how to deal with a flat tire.

HS = hub & spoke (stay all nights in one motel/campground

Credit Card = stay in hotel/motel, carry own luggage

Self-contained = haul own luggage for camping

The following list of tours is tentative - organizers need to hear from you that you are interested, or a tour may be canceled. Many tours require advanced planning and reservations. Riders cover their own costs for food and lodging, and share transportation costs if applicable (for SAG or carpools).

 

Tours are for members of B.I.K.E.S. Club of Snohomish County - we welcome you to join the club!  Then, make sure your membership stays up to date! 


May Bike Tours

5/20-5/21 Yakima WIne Ride (HS) with Jack McClincy & Janelle Reich

Most people will camp at Yakima Sportsman State Park. If you are not a camper there are motels in the area. Some motels are located on the bike trail near the campground.  People need to make their own reservations. I suggest doing so as early as they will take them as this campground tends to fill up.

Saturday May 20. This is the day for the wine tasting. We usually rendezvous at the campground about 8:30am and then drive down the valley 10 miles or so to the ride start point. The ride is usually 35-40 miles with stops at 5-7 wineries and lunch in the middle. I try to find a suitable cafĂ© for  lunch stop. Route cue sheets will be provided with names and addresses of the wineries. As we make many stops no one gets left behind. We usually try to have a sag driver so that if someone is not interested in riding the entire route people can put bikes in the vehicle and take it easy. This also lets us carry purchases. On Saturday evening we host a potluck dinner in camp. We usually will provide a spaghetti dinner and ask that others bring things to go with it. Please check with Jack and Janell before the ride so that we can plan for the number of people planning to attend and coordinate the dishes. Our home phone is 360-435-5978 and Janell's cell phone is 360-631-8364.

Sunday May 21 We will either drive to the west side of Yakima and ride to Naches. This can be a 24 or 32 mile ride depending on the wishes of the group. The other option is to ride the bike trail over to Fred Meyers on the west side of Yakima and either bring or buy lunch there. I usually take a group vote to see what people feel like doing. If we go to Naches there is no lunch stop so be prepared to bring.


5/20-5/27 Everett-Portland-Pasco Tour (self-contained) with Rick Proctor. Camping and motels. 

For further information contact ride leader Rick Proctor, BikeHound@comcast.net by Friday March 10th, 2017.

Experience the Columbia Gorge on your bicycle.

8 days, tentatively Saturday May 20th – Saturday May 27th, 2017.

This is a multi-mode tour using your bike and trains. Carry your gear on your bike for a mix of motels and camping, using restaurants when available. A – B terrain at a steady pace on mostly paved surfaces:

Day 1: Meet at the Everett Station. Using the roll-on bike feature, take the Amtrak train to Portland, OR. Bike 17 miles to a motel in Troutdale, OR.

Day 2: Bike 45 miles on the OR side of Columbia River to camp at Viento State Park, OR.

Day 3: Bike 41 miles on the OR side of Columbia River to camp to a motel in The Dalles, OR.

Day 4: Bike 22 miles mostly on the OR side of Columbia River to camp at Maryhill State Park, WA.

Day 5: Bike 55 miles on the WA side of Columbia River to camp at Crow Butte Park, WA.

Day 6: Bike 32 miles mostly on the WA side of the Columbia River to a motel in McNary, OR.

Day 7: Bike 44 miles mostly in WA to a motel in Pasco, WA.

Day 8: Bike 3 miles or so to Pasco, WA Amtrak Station, take train back to Everett.


June Bike Tours


5/31 - 6/2 Whatcom County Roads (HS) with Dan & Elaine Scott 

scott.dan.l@frontier.com  

Three days of rides. Quiet roads, includes Peace Arch, Lynden bakery, Sumas, and Lummi Island.

This is a series of day tours, and will be ridden at a touring pace. The idea is to tour together and share the enjoyment of the sights.There will be some stops for scenery or other points of interest. Food/meals will be purchased at various towns. There will be regroup stops as necessary. You need to bring spare tubes/patch kit/pump. 

We will have a potluck dinner on the first night at Birch Bay SP. Elaine and Dan will provide spaghetti and brownies. Since we will be using Birch Bay SP for the Wednesday pot luck, you will need a state park day pass ($10 or $30 season). 

Some of the rides will require remote starts, i.e. you drive to the start. These are routes are works-in-progress, subject to change when I get a chance to ride them. 

Lynden-Sumas-Everson 
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18454849    

Birch Bay - Peace Arch Park
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18454455  
or
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18454372   

Ferndale - Lummi Island
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/18434904
 

We will be staying in their RV at the casino mentioned below. 

Possible lodging: 

Casino/hotel belonging to Lummi Nation (also allows free RV camping)
https://www.silverreefcasino.com

Birch Bay State Park (for tent or RV camping)
http://parks.state.wa.us/170/Birch-Bay 


6/8 - 6/11 Idaho Trails (HS) with Clarence Elstad

Thu - We will carpool over and check into our lodging. (This is a hotel/motel/camping/Airbnb/VRBO/couch surfing/hostel/warm showers, etc. type trip). Everyone will be responsible to arrange their own accommodations. (We may want to rent a house if there are several people interested) We will ride the Centennial Trail that goes from the Idaho/Washington Border to just east of Coeur d'Alene on the lake. This is 23 miles (https://www.cdaid.org/794/departments/parks/trails-main/centennial-trail) I recommend the use of a road bike or cross bike. (Trails we will be riding are all paved, other than the Hiawatha)

Fri - We will do part (25 miles) of the ‘Trail of the Coeur d'Alene' that runs for 72 miles from the town of Plumber to Mullen. (http://www.traillink.com/trail/trail-of-the-coeur-dalenes.aspx). I can almost guarantee that you will see moose on this ride between Harrison and Cataldo. We will ride from Mullan, ID to Pinehurst, ID. (25 miles)

Sat - We will ride the rest of the ‘Trail of the Coeur d'Alene'. We will ride from Pinehurst, ID to Plummer, ID. (50 miles) Bikers can chose to do all or part of the any of the rides, as they wish? Afterwards we can drive back home or stay an additional night in Idaho and do some additional rides. I recommend the use of a road or cross bike since all of the trails are paved.

Sun We will ride the Hiawatha Trail which included tunnels and bridges and you should either have a cross bike or mountain bike since it is on somewhat lose/packed gravel. You will also need a couple of very bright lights for the tunnels. You can rent a bike at the Trailhead location as an option.

Contact Clarence Elstad at: 425-268-8550 or celstad@gmail.com if you have any questions or want to sign up to do the ride.


6/23-6/25 Sequim Rides (HS) with Bob and Viv Biesiedinski

Camp at Seuim Bay SP.  We will host a Potluck BBQ Saurday evening.  Steady pace 60 mile ride on Saturday.  A-C terrain.

6/22-6/26 Eugene (HS) with MaryJo Gerst. 

Bike on the many bike friendly roads around Eugene and ride on the Covered

Bridges Scenic Bikeway.

Thu – Meet in Eugene.

Fri – Bike the Covered Bridges Scenic Bikeway in Cottage Grove 36 miles

Sat - Bike around Eugene  45 miles

Sun - McKenzie Loop 30 miles

Mon – Bike around Eugene 35 miles

Rides are steady pace with stops to enjoy the area scenery

Lodging: There are many Airbnb options in Eugene but book soon.

Ride Leader: Mary Jo Email ride leader for cue sheets

maryjo1532@hotmail.com


6/23-6/25 Sequim Rides (HS) with Bob & Viv Biesiedzinski

Camp at Sequim Bay SP They will host a pot-luck BBQ Saturday evening. Steady pace 60 mile ride on Saturday, A - C terrain


July Bike Tours


7/23 - 7/29 Trail of the Couer d’Alenes (CC) with Rick & Cindy Proctor

For further information contact ride leader Rick Proctor, BikeHound@comcast.net by Friday March 17th, 2017.

7 days, tentatively Sunday July 23rd – Saturday July 29th, 2017.

6 hotel nights, no camping.

175+ bike miles.

Carry your gear on your bike for nights in hotels, using restaurants when available. Picnic lunches likely. A terrain at a steady pace on mostly paved surfaces:

Day 1 Drive 375 miles to Wallace, ID for 1st night.

Day 2 Bike 49 paved miles Wallace to Harrison for 2nd & 3rd nights.

Day 3 Bike 32 paved miles Harrison to Plummer round trip.

Day 4 Bike 49 paved miles to Wallace for 4th, 5th, & 6th nights.

Day 5 Bike 15 paved miles Wallace to Mullan round trip.

Day 6 rent MTBs or ride your own, bike the Route of the Hiawatha 30 gravel miles round trip.

Day 7 Drive 375 miles to home.


7/25-28 San Juan Islands (HS) with Clarence Elstad

Style: Motel, hotel, hostel, B&B, Airbnb

Jul 25 Meet at ferry dock at Anacortes and walk on with our bikes/luggage (pack light) and stay on San Juan Island for the 3 nights. We will have a chance to do some riding after checking into our lodging. Suggest riding to American camp and return. (I have made lodging reservations and they are not cheap-so make yours as soon as you can)

Jul 26 After breakfast we will ride to British camp and Whale Watch Park before touring, through the countryside, back to Friday Harbor.

Jul 27 Take the ferry to Lopez Island and bike for the day and return to San Juan Island for the evening.

July 28 Take ferry to Orcas Island and bike some of the quieter roads before returning to the ferry for the trip to Anacortes. (Store our luggage at Orcas while riding)

Contact Clarence Elstad at: 425-268-8550 or celstad@gmail.com if you have any questions or want to sign up to do the ride.

August Bike Tours


September Bike Tours

TBD Birch Bay Weekend (HS) with Jack McClincy and Janell Reich

Style: hub & spoke, camping/motel


9/7-9/11 Central Oregon Tour (HS) with MaryJo Gerst

Style: hub & spoke, various loops/hotel

Thu – Meet in Sisters, Oregon

Fri - Bike from Redmond to Smith Rock. 30 miles

Sat – Bend Twin Bridges ride. 40 miles. Dinner in Bend after the ride.

Sun – Sisters Country Ramble. 35 miles

Mon – Bike Madras Scenic Bikeway. 30 miles.  Stop in Madras on the way home.

Tues – Optional stay Monday night in Vancouver and ride in Vancouver. 

Rides are steady pace with stops to enjoy the area scenery.

Ride Leader: Mary Jo Email ride leader for cue sheets

maryjo1532@hotmail.com


9/24-9/28 San Juans Island Hopping (CC) with Rick & Cindy Proctor

Ride and stay on several islands. 

For further information contact ride leader Rick Proctor, BikeHound@comcast.net by Friday May 12th, 2017.

5 days, tentatively Sunday September 24th – Thursday September 28th.

4 hotel nights, no camping.

Bike mileage TBD.

This is a multi-mode tour using your bike and ferries. Carry your gear on your bike for nights in hotels, using restaurants when available. Picnic lunches likely. A – B terrain at a steady pace on mostly paved surfaces:

Day 1 drive 65 miles to Anacortes, bike onto ferry to Lopez Island, bike around Lopez Island, ferry to Orcas Island & hotel for 1st & 2nd nights.

Day 2 bike Orcas Island.

Day 3 bike & ferry to Friday Harbor & hotel for 3rd & 4th nights.

Day 4 bike San Juan Island.

Day 5 bike & ferry to Anacortes, drive home.


October Bike Rides

TBD Portlandia (HS) with Cindy Proctor and Allyson Welsh

Trail rides in downtown Portland.  Steady pace.


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