Great Northwest Adventure 2011Bob Smith
We stayed three nights in West Yellowstone touring Yellowstone National Park by minivan and tandem. We continued our northwest journey on Aug 7th by driving to Spokane, WA through Missoula, MT. We spent two nights with our good friend Norm Howard. He gave us a personal city tour which included Namito Park & Gardens, a concert at a vineyard and a bike ride around Hayden Lake near Coeur D'Lene, ID.
On Aug 9th we drove to Seattle, WA where we met up with our Bicycle Adventure Club (BAC) group (including our good friends Diane & Vic Villhard) for a bicycle tour circumventing the Olympic Peninsula. On Aug 11th we found ourselves on our tandem riding away from our boutique Seattle Hotel to board a ferry for Bainbridge Island to begin a 12 day adventure that included Port Townsend, Port Angeles, Sol Duc Hot Springs, Forks, Kalaloch, Lake Quinault, Aberdeen, Shelton, Tacoma and returning to Seattle. John McManus & Brenda Cole of Dallas, TX were our BAC tour directors.
On Aug 23rd we were back in the minivan traveling south through the Cascade Mountains to Mt. Rainer for a single night stay at Paradise Lodge, Mt Rainier National Park. On Aug 24th we traveled southward for a day trip to Mt. Saint Helens and onto Cascade Locks, OR. On Aug 25th we toured the Bonneville Dam, Crown Vista State Park Vista Point and drove and rode segments of the Historic Columbia River Highway (Historic US Route 30) along the Columbia River Gorge. Later on that day we drove to Klamath Falls, OR before pushing onto Lake Tahoe on 26th. We spent four nights in Tahoe Vista, CA relaxing and riding our tandem along the northern shores Lake Tahoe to Tahoe State Park, NV; Squaw Valley and Sugar Pine State Park.
In 30 days we traveled a combined total of 4600 miles bypassing most interstates through nine states. We rode our tandem nearly 800 miles in seven of those nine states. We experienced first-hand gorgeous scenery, numerous natural wonders, witnessed the rebirth of forest at Yellowstone and Mt. Saint Helens and stayed at four National Park Lodges.
This article is a brief summary of our trip. For complete details of this trip, visit our web site at http://wetandem.com/OlyPen11/GNWA-Journal.pdf
Additionally, we will be presenting our “Great Northwest Adventure 2011” at the club meeting on Tuesday, October 4th.