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NE Olympics Gravel Road Ride, Sunday 13 Sep
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The Lake Cushman area was closed a couple of weeks ago due to massive overcrowding. So many people packed into that place that the road was gridlocked. Emergency services were trapped, with several instances of extreme difficulty responding.

Smoke will be an issue tomorrow, but hopefully will start to get better. I'm goin' anyway!

Cabin fever, ya know . . .
Link, in case you’ve not checked the fire info. The roads around Lake Cushman are closed. Not on your route, but close enough depending how the wind blows.
Eric, always are more cars than bikes. But I might be doing this again with Heather, depending on whether or not the fire situation permits a run down to Maupin and some Central Oregon ranch roads.

Let me know if you’re doing a similar midweek trip, so not to deal with so much oncoming four wheel traffic on those blind turns - I rode Quilcene to Sequim and East Wynoochie trail a few weeks ago, there were more cars than bikes.

Popup ride!

I'm gonna go ride some of the forest roads above Quilcene on the NE side of the Olympic Peninsula on Sunday, 13 Sep. If any of you would like to come along, meet me at the Hood Canal Bridge at about 0915 that morning. Side stands up at about 0930. The bridge is about 20+ minutes from the Kingston Ferry Terminal and about 35+ minutes from the Bainbridge Ferry Terminal. Edmonds has a 0740 departure that will work, and Seattle has 0720 and 0810. (The latter might just get you to the bridge by 0930).

The roads will all be major USFS roads with mostly smooth gravel. I've ridden all the roads this summer and found no issues so far. Some built up gravel here and there, and some potholes. Biggest issues will be dust and some traffic.

I'm way too lazy to even think about GPS tracks. We'll ride WA104 to US101, south to Snow Creek Rd, to Jimmy-Come-Lately Rd, a short stint on Palo Alto Rd, FR28, FR2820 at Bon Jon Pass to a pull-out overlooking the Little Quilcene River and the Puget Sound (if smoke and clouds allow) for a picnic lunch. Then back to FR28, then FR27 to Big Quilcene River Rod, Penny Creek Rd, and the not-very-flourishing burg of Quilcene. Only gas after the bridge is in Quilcene. Should be back at the bridge by mid-afternoon. This is not a long ride, plus there are several easy bailouts which do have fuel and food available, even in these Covid times.

Best maps are the Green Trails Olympic Mountains East, with Benchmark Atlas pages 54-55-68-68 a mediocre second.

Social distancing, and masks when appropriate is expected.

If any of you plan to show up, let me know, so I don't ride off and leave you at the bridge if you're a little late . . . Note than I am not a licensed guide or anything like that. Just an old fart going for a ride. Join me if you wish.

Dan Muir ( cell 703-585-2159.
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