This is an open request to all Seattle bike travelers: We want to hear about your one-day or weekend-long bike trip.
Martina at Swift Industries (a SBB sponsor) wrote a post here last year with a few suggestions for bike camping destinations reachable from Seattle. But there are many more adventures a few pedal strokes outside Seattle, and we want to hear about them. Email [email protected] if you have one you would like to share.
For example, Jessie Kwak recently went on a bike tour of Whidbey Island wineries. She chronicled the adventure on her blog Bicitoro:
Whidbey is the perfect day trip from Seattle—it’s only a 30-minute drive to Mukilteo, which means that if you time the ferry right you can be on the island within an hour. The trick, of course, is timing the ferry.
The day I went, the Saturday of Memorial Weekend, there was a line of cars backed up for several miles. One woman I met on the island said she’d caught the 2:00 ferry—but had been in line since noon.
Fortunately, I had a secret weapon: my bicycle. I drove past the cars waiting on the shoulder, parked in the public lot by Diamond Knot Brewery, and just hopped on my bike for a short ride to the ferry. Suckers!
(A note: the public parking lot doesn’t allow overnight parking. I was told later by an islander that if you plan to spend the night on Whidbey, you should park near the train station instead.)
While Jessie drove to the Mukilteo Ferry Terminal, it’s not a bad bike ride (except for a few nasty busy roads in Mukilteo). However, you’d have to make it more of a multi-day trip if you want to bike the whole way. You can also throw your bike on Sound Transit express buses to Lynnwood or Everett, then bike to the ferry from there. Or, if you are starting your journey during evening commute times (say, if you leave after work on a Friday), you can catch the Sounder.
If you are interested in learning more about bike repair on the road, the third class in Swift Industries’ Get Lost Academy is June 9. Details on the Cycle Swift blog.