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3.64 out of 5 Rider Rating 3.64
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By Guest (0 McR Points) on Sep 30, 2006

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billiebob
2 McR Points
May 21, 2013
Yes this ride is beautiful a d twisty but biker…
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Guest
July 4, 2009
This is a great ride. I live on the Kitsap…
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Written Directions

Start your route in the town of Shelton, WA and simply head north on Hwy 101 all the way up to Discovery Bay, WA. After you complete the route described above, you still have some nice options if you want to continue. Hwy 101 continues around the Olympic Peninsula in a loop, and if you've never done it, it is also a must do ride, but you'd want a couple of days for that one. Hwy 101 intersects with Hwy 20 at Discovery Bay and if you were to take Hwy 20, you would end up in Port Townsend. If you have a shopping Jones, this is the place to cure it. You can either enjoy the Canal from the opposite direction on the way home, or pop across the Hood Canal bridge to Hwy 3 and take a ferry home or get off the peninsula over the Tacoma Narrows Bridge, which is Hwy 16

Scenery

In a state where water, mountains & trees always add a little flavor, this route combines all 3 to make a spectacular day trip. I've ridden a lot and on a sunny day, you can not beat this ride anywhere. Gorgeous!

Drive Enjoyment

There is very little straight road on this stretch of 101. You are following the shore of the Hood Canal, water is in sight almost constantly, and this makes for a really twisty ride. There are hills to contend with in spots, tourist attractions that will slow you down, as well as RV's in the summer, and the occasional deer or coon, so be heads up. The road is very well maintained and potholes are virtually nonexistent.

Tourism Opportunities

Along the route you have several small towns where there are many eating choices. Seafood is abundant, as you might imagine. If you're an ice cream lover, don't miss the little store at Lilliwaup. There are many state campgrounds, as well as a few private ones. The biker watering hole is the Geoduck Tavern at Dosewalips. There are some spots to shop in Hoodsport, and a few Native American shops along the route, but if shopping is your thrill, I'd suggest a different route. There is a small casino just east of Hoodsport.

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billiebob
May 21, 2013
2 McR Points
Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
Yes this ride is beautiful a d twisty but biker beware, there are turnoffs that cross the road at some hill crests. We lost 3 bikers last month on this road. Be careful and you will enjoy it.
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Guest
July 4, 2009
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Motorcycle Type : Cruiser
This is a great ride. I live on the Kitsap Peninsula and it does not matter which riding group you ride with, you will end up on this route. It is pleasing with gentle to hairpin curves, but don't be expecting much in the speed area, RV's use the route also. You will have excellent views of the Hood Canal with the presence of bald eagles. A positive must do ride.
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GJRonK
September 13, 2014
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Motorcycle Type : Other
Even with the traffic, slow speeds, and often lack of places to stop along the way to look at the scenery, this is still a beautiful route. Often you are traveling as if in a tunnel as you can't see to the sides for the vegetation. It always seems so cool along this section of 101.
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