Best Bike Rides in the Pacific Northwest
by Todd Litman & Suzanne Kort (The Globe Pequot Press)
© Todd Litman & Suzanne Kort/The Globe Pequot Press. All Rights Reserved.
The loop is well designed in terms of terrain and prevailing winds. Uphill is gradual, downhill seems extended. Nice tailwind on the last leg. Not as scenic as one would expect given the overall setting. Country roads are well populated, homes and farms aren't exactly charming, and there is constant traffic--no shortage of trucks. The last 18 miles on Hwy 2 is pretty unpleasant. The road has been resurfaced and the shoulders vary in width randomly, from almost none to generous and there is an asphalt seam running down the white line that makes the narrow sections of shoulder a little sketchy, especially when being passed by the many large trucks and RVs. This last leg follows the river and is quite lovely but it is not very pleasant to ride.
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