RLFC Ride, May 15, 2007.
101 Loop Ride
Five riders met at the Little Park Restaurant near 176 St & Pacific Ave for a beautiful day of riding.
Dan Sheets, Mark Surber and his brother Steve, John Burgard and myself, Will Edwards.
We left the restaurant at 08:00 and rode toward HWY 16 and north to HWY 3 and crossed over to HWY 104. After crossing the floating bridge we took a short break to shed some clothes as it was starting to warm up. Then we continued to meet HWY 101 and ride west to Port Angeles where we made a fuel stop for our thirsty bikes.
We then continued west on HWY 101 to Lake Crescent where we stopped two or three times for picture taking. It is a beautiful lake.
Lake Crescent is 8.5 miles long and 660 feet deep. The lake was formed by landslides that divided a glacial lake into two smaller lakes, Lake Crescent and Lake Sutherland. The lake's water is brilliant blue and very clear. For fishing, it contains rainbow trout.
After leaving the beauty of Lake Crescent, we continued riding south to Forks where we had lunch. The next place we stopped was along the ocean beaches where the temperature had cooled down to 59 degrees.
We then continued south to Hoquiam, where the bikes needed fuel again. Before leaving Aberdeen we made a stop at Starbucks and then made for home.
At Elma Steve and John continued on HWY 8 toward Olympia & I-5, while Mark, Dan and I turned south on HWY 12 to travel through Tenino & Yelm for home. We did make a short stop in Tenino at the city park there.
Ride Stats:
Total Miles (from Little Park Restaurant to my house in Spanaway): 365 Miles
Average driving speed: 48.4 MPH
Overall driving average: 34.4 MPH
Driving Time: 7 hours 32 minutes
Stopped time: 3 hours 5 minutes
Total trip time: 10 hours 37 minutes
All mileage & time measured by GPS.
Temperatures started out about 45, increased to 65, then 59 on coast, and 75 east of Aberdeen. A beautiful sunny day for riding.
Thank you Lord.

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