Kitsap Hood Canal Adventure Touring
Total Miles 240
Photos courtesy of Bluesurf, FJMahn, DantesDame, Jeickerman.
March 5th 2005
A fine pre-spring day just like many of the other days this early
spring 2005. We've been fortunate with above seasonal temperatures and
below normal rain fall. So once again a group of ST.N'rs scheduled a group
ride to enjoy some great roads and fantastic weather.
We met up at the Starbucks in Federal Way. It was a very nice turnout
with about 14 riders total. Our route took us from Federal Way via I-5 to
Hwy 16 across the Tacoma Narrows bridge. We met a couple of more people
just across the bridge in Wauna. From there we proceeded to Shelton
for Gas and a quick regroup. From there we followed the GPS on a route
that, well. looked great on a GPS. Lot's of twisty roads and elevation
changes. However the roads turned out to be gravel and dirt forest service
Undaunted our intrepid group forged on for twenty plus miles of off
road adventure touring! It was worth it though. The views were great, and
we found some new and interesting places. One bridge we stopped at offer a
breathtaking view of the canyon several hundred feet below.
I was never really worried about dropping the FJR in the dirt and
gravel, but I was concerned about cutting a tire and having to get the
bike out of the back woods. But all was fine, and there was no incidents
for anybody along the way. We followed the GPS to several dead ends and
road closures only to have to turn back and go out the way we came in.
Lesson learned. Don't trust the GPS explicitly. Local knowledge is always
After the off-roading adventure, it was off to lunch. We had spent to
much time going slow and it was getting late. We pulled into Belfair and
sampled the local burger joint. Quite edible actually! After lunch the
group split up with some heading north, others south and the rest back to
the eastside. All in all it was a blast, and the riding company was great.
I always look forward to riding with folks from Sport-touring.net
Here's the roster: