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thomschoenborn 09-01-2006 11:00 AM

PDX to Washougal?
 
So my sister said she'd get me the Clark County Bike Map (since I can't seem to find an LBS in Portland that carries it), so I'm sure I'll be able to get there.

Probably I'll start with heading up Marine to 205 and then... something. But are there some fun routes if I go across 5 and head through Vancouver?

But does anyone have any tips or suggestions? Routes to avoid? Routes to mix it up with hills or totally sweet jumps like Napoleon had? Routes that have less traffic or more?

Here's a (slow-loading) map for reference
http://gis.clark.wa.gov/ccgis/mol/Graphics/bikef_hi.pdf

Please note that Vancouver's Bike website (http://www.cityofvancouver.us/bike.a...ubmenuid=23027) says the above map has not been updated in six years (!!).

jeff 09-01-2006 03:09 PM

old evergreen hwy. is pretty good...
 
Thom, there's a pretty nice tho convoluted route from the I-5 bridge east to the old evergreen hwy., which continues on into Camus. It's a nice ride on weekends -- quiet, fairly hammered pavement -- can't vouch for it during commute times but worth a look.

The west end of the route, between the I-5 to I-205 bridges, shows up on the Portland City bike map:

http://www.portlandonline.com/transp...=haccb&c=deiaj

There's some waterfront path stuff, some nice river views, but be ready to get a little lost the first time... not good if you're in a hurry, but pleasant.

Rivervelo 09-01-2006 06:37 PM

The only problem with the Evergreen Highway is that the pavement is very rough. On a road bike you will get some hand buzz.

thomschoenborn 09-01-2006 06:41 PM

Thanks for the insight. I'll undoubtedly kvetch about it, er, I mean, let you know how it goes...

Rough? Worse than the Springwater Corridor inside of 82nd?

thomschoenborn 09-19-2006 11:36 AM

Evergreen Hwy. was perfect. Definitely a little rough, but not too bad.

Went Sunday morning to head to my sister's to watch the NFL on her insanely huge television with the NFL Sunday Ticket (*drool*). Left SW PDX, picked up a buddy off Alberta, headed up Williams to Marine.

From Marine, it was easy: Hopped on the 205 bridge
Followed the path on the Vancouver side to the little neighborhood.
Took a right in the neighborhood.
At the T, I took a left.
Went down a little hill to Evergreen Highway. (Seriously, once you get off the 205 path, just head downhill. You won't miss it.)
Took a left and followed my nose to Camas.
*** go go go go go ***
Eventually crossed over 14 just after you cross the Camas city limits -- I think right after you cross 14, the thing to do is turn right on 5th (like 20 yards past overpass). I did NOT do this, but rather went all the way down to 6th. Which has two lanes, but no bike lane. On a Sunday at 9 a.m., it was fine. Low traffic.
Follow 6th to a stop sign by the stinking mill. Take a right on Adams.
Left on 3rd (no stop necessary)
Right at first light.
Follow it (route 500) over the slough (hold your breath -- ugh, what a stink)
The road bends to the right, and a little later, you'll come to a stoplight for 14. Turn left on 8th, right before it. That's C street, which takes you right into Washougal.

The end.

Jeff Wills 09-21-2006 09:22 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by thomschoenborn (Post 1236)
Thanks for the insight. I'll undoubtedly kvetch about it, er, I mean, let you know how it goes...

Rough? Worse than the Springwater Corridor inside of 82nd?

Yep. It's old concrete, well worn and patched. It's OK if your tires are a little fatter than the norm.

Here's my route across East Vancouver:

right exit from I-205 bike path onto SE 23rd St.
right SE Ellsworth Rd. (up the hill!)
right SE 10th St.
becomes SE McGillivray Blvd
left SE Village Loop Rd.
becomes SE 20th St.
left SE 192nd
right SE 1st
becomes NW Lake Rd
becomes NW Everett/SR500
left NE14th Ave (SR500)

which puts you in downtown Camas. It's a little more complicated, but good pavement. Most of the roads have been put in in the last 4 or 5 years.

Jeff

Jeff Wills 09-21-2006 09:26 PM

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Originally Posted by thomschoenborn (Post 1642)
...
Took a left and followed my nose to Camas.
...
Follow 6th to a stop sign by the stinking mill.

Thom:

You should have smelled it 10 years ago. It was 100 times worse. The amount you smelled on your ride was what you sensed near the I-205 bridge. It was eye-watering by the time you got to Camas.

Jeff


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