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Spring 600K (ACP)


Have you ever wanted to ride around the Olympic Peninsula in a weekend? Here is your chance!

Final cue sheet posted

Ride Summary:

Spring 600K  
(AKA "Watery Olympic Peninsula 600K")

In designing this ride, our number one goal was to unashamedly rip and strip and steal from the treasuries of permanents and brevets of the years past to bring you the finest of Olympic Peninsula in one nutshell of a ride.  Hats off to the local randos of Olympia, Bremerton and Port Townsend and the Encyclopedic Head Honchos of SIR, who shared their expertise and helped fine-tune the route.  This will be a grand adventure!

Second goal for this ride was, in as much as possible, to hit the most scenic points of the ride at a time when most riders can enjoy them, not just with their intuitive minds but with their own two eyes.  That means most of us, even the tortoises amongst us, will be riding through the gorgeous roads along Hood Canal, Lake Quinault, Kalaloch/Ruby Beach (lie detector!), La Push, Lake Crescent and Dungeness Spit in broad daylight!  Not to leave anyone out, however, for those intrepid souls preferring shivery night rides, we’ve even special-ordered a 98% full moon, just for you!

One thing we must mention:  We will be exploring a quiet forest road that no randos, except Ian Shopland, have gone before.  This road has an uphill, hard-packed gravel stretch of 2.5 miles and winds somewhere between Matlock and Humptulips.  Look out and prepare for it, if you must, but remember to enjoy it!

The ride will start from Kingston with a scary overnight at the Vampire Forks, where garlicky soup will be administered.  Registration for the ride will take place on the 5:35 am Kingston Ferry for those of us voyaging from the Edmonds-side.  The ride starts from the waters of Puget Sound, goes out to Pacific Ocean and then loops back clock-wise, taking in tons of watery views along the way.  May the sky hold dry for SIR's Watery Olympic Peninsula 600K!

Notable Waters:

Hood Canal: Longest fjord in US, separating Olympic Peninsula from Kitsap Peninsula.
Lake Quinault: Glaciated lake at the southern tip of Olympic National Park.  
Kalaloch: Pacific Ocean, here we come!!!
Ruby Beach: Located along coastal Olympic National Park with views of sea stacks.  Gets its name from rose-colored gemstones found in grey sand.  It's not one of the controls anymore, but if you've got time, it's worth going down the short gravel drive to take a peek.
La Push: How many sea stacks can YOU count?  If you didn’t get to see the sea stacks at Ruby Beach because you got there in dark, here is another chance to see them the next morning at the First Beach at La Push.
Lake Crescent: Crown gem of a lake in the heart of Olympic National Park.
Dungeness Spit: At 5.5 miles, it is the longest sand spit in US.

Organizers: Jennifer Chang & Kole Kantner
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Date: June 2-3, 2012
Time: 6:15 am
Start Location:

Kingston Ferry Terminal

Registration for the ride will take place on the 5:35 am Kingston Ferry for those of us travelling from Edmonds-side.

Ride will start from the ferry parking lot at the southwest junction of WA-104 (NE 1st St) and Washington Blvd NE.  It's the parking lot on the left at the first traffic light if you're disembarking from the Kingston Ferry.  Mirracole Morsels Bakery (25931 Washington Blvd NE) is at the northwest corner of the same intersection, right next to the starting location.

End Location:

Blue Water Inn, 11045 Hwy 104, KingstonWA

Entry Fee: $40.00 SIR members, $50.00 non-members.
Please make all entry and
membership fees payable to SIR.
Cue Sheet: May 31 Cue Sheet
Map: May 31 BikeRouteToaster Course

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