West/Eastward Loaded Tour (Hillsboro) – PWTC
June 26 - July 1, 2017
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West/Eastward Loaded Tour begins MONDAY, June 26 with a 9:30 a.m group rendezvous at Hillsboro’s Manaia Coffee House (203 E. Main) near the end of the Max Blue Line for “second breakfast” to fuel up for a ride of 40 miles through Banks and Vernonia for lunch then onward to Big Eddy, a no reservation Columbia County campground on the Nehalem River.
Early TUESDAY at 7:30 a.m. we start a 60 mile day sadly without “second breakfast” on the scenic Nehalem River Highway (Hwy 202) into Clatsop State Forest to Youngs River Road through Warrenton to camp at Fort Stevens State Park’s Hiker/Biker.
After an exploration of the Clapsop Spit on Jeffy road at 7:30 a.m. Wednesday’s “Second Breakfast” awaits us in Astoria. We will travel highway 101 and across the famous Astoria Megler Bridge to Illwaco and to camp at Cape Disappointment Park’s Hiker/Biker. This short 30 mile day loaded might include an unload exploration of Long Beach Peninsula bike trail and/or roads.
THURSDAY 7:30 a.m. we travel north on Hwy101 along infamous for kayakers Willapa Bay then turn back southeast on Naselle River Road to “second breakfast” at Naselle (we hope). We head east on Hwy 4 to Skamokawa (a no reservation county park on the Columbia River) for a total mileage of 50 miles.
FRIDAY at 7:30 a.m we follow the Columbia to Cathlamet for “second breakfast” before we cross for a ride-around Puget Island and our boarding of the new ferry to Westport. We’ll navigate some country roads to Rainier’s non-reservation Hudson-Parcher County Park for camping after a 40+ mile trek.
July 1, SATURDAY may have two optional routes but both certainly with “second breakfast” (1) a quicker, flatter highway 30 to Portland for 50 miles (2) a slower, hilly and longer route through the country roads to St.Helens before joining highway 30 to Portland.