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Port Townsend (WA) or Bust!

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Ride Stats:

  • Distance: 211.95 miles / 341.1 km
  • Ride Time: 1 day
  • Approximate Fuel Costs: $16.11
  • State: Washington
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SimplyLisa

Port Townsend or Bust!

“Port Townsend, is surrounded in 360 by gorgeous natural scenery as it is located on the northeast tip of the Olympic Peninsula. The city is also known for the many Victorian buildings remaining from its late 19th-century heyday, numerous annual cultural events, and as a maritime center for independent boat builders and related industries and crafts.” http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Port_Townsend,_Washington

Pictures were borrowed from the internet open sourcing. My pictures from this trip are sadly on an external hard drive in storage about 3000 miles from me at the moment. :)

This is another one of my favorite day trips. From Olympia I prefer making this a loop trip rather than having to back track the entire trip. Early rise and breakfast at the The Martin Way Diner is a great way to start the trip. The little diner is located in the triangle area between Martin Rd and Pacific Hwy. @ 2423 4th Ave E, Olympia, WA 98506 in east Olympia. It is one of those old time diners where they actually serve biscuits and decent gravy and phenomenal thick sliced bacon. There are no high booth seats to separate you from your neighbors so snuggle up. Don’t worry about smelling like the grill b/c you are about to air out on the open road!

From my home in E Olympia I usually cross through town and hop on Hwy 101 at Mud Bay, but since we are starting at the diner I think it would be easiest to start and stop the trip at the diner. From the diner take the side street Steele Rd. SE to Pacific Hwy and turn left. Enter Interstate 5 S at .7 miles. Ride 2.8 miles and follow Hwy 101 to Aberdeen/Shelton. It’s a sharp right curve so gear down a notch and be prepared for the I-5 N traffic as it enters Hwy 101; many will want to exit the first ramp and will move into the right lane quickly.

Continue on Hwy 101 as it bears to the right toward Shelton. We won’t be riding ‘into’ Shelton, but bypassing on this trip. Hwy 101 N ventures alongside the Hood Canal and all its marvelous little coves. Many of my friends enjoy spending a Saturday afternoon exploring a few more hidden nooks avenues; you never know what you will find. Cool coffee shops and cafes, art/craft shops that deal in local art as well as regional, recreational mecca of the eastern peninsula region with hiking, mountain biking, sea kayaking and diving to name a few. A few of my friends ride their bikes up to Union, WA to Alderbrook Spa & Resort that has been in operations for 100 years.

Onward to Port Townsend! Destination is practically a straight shot from Shelton. Drive 64 miles then turn North on WA 20 to Port Townsend. There seems to be something happening in Port Townsend throughout the summer, from car shows to parades and even small convention type gatherings as well. I usually park on the south side of town and walk in, but a quick loop drive through town and you will know where to park – where you can! Shops galore and they cover interest for everyone. I personally love the metaphysical shop on the north side of town, and there is a nice leather shop in the mall toward the center of town. A quick Google search will help you decide where to plan on eating, and please do, there are some very nice places from pubs and diners to finer restaurants.

After your visit you will want to drive back south on WA 20 to Hwy 101 S. Stay this course for 2.5 miles then drive East on WA 104 to Bremerton. At 13.2 miles you will cross the Hood Canal floating bridge. Careful.. it’s incredibly slick if the surface is moist. After crossing Hood Canal turn South on WA 3 and keep rolling for another 24 miles and prepare for an interchange. This is the naval port of Bremerton area and it’s always fun to see the big ships in port. Take WA 15 East to Tacoma and ride 25 miles (crossing the toll bridge across Tacoma Narrows) to Interstate 5 South. Drive south on I-5 S for 24.4 miles then exit on Pacific Avenue. Drive west on Pacific Avenue for .6 miles and turn right onto Steele St SE. The Martin’s Diner will be there on your left.

Things you won't want to miss in Port Townsend:
- The lighthouse and marina on the northern shore!
-Fort Worden (now a state park) Fort Worden was an active US Army base from 1902 to 1953. It was purchased by the State of Washington in 1957 to house a juvenile detention facility. In 1971, use was transferred to the Washington State Parks and Recreation Commission and Fort Worden State Park was opened in 1973.
-Phoenix Rising Bookstore (for the book nerd and/or metaphysical guru.)
- Elevated Ice Cream & Candy Shop: If they have Lemon Custard ice cream on the menu it is to die for... mmmm
- Port Townsend Brewing Co.: for those of you who aren't opposed to a little nip. They have a wonderful beer garden with live music during the summer and a fantastic tasting room.
- The shops: All of them! Take your time and browse b/c there is literally something for everyone! :)
- Eats: I've eaten almost all of the places and it just depends on what you're in the mood to eat. Sweet Laurette is fabulous for breakfast or brunch (try the Lemon Ricotta Pancakes mmmm.) 1-2-3 Thai is a favorite b/c I <3 my Thai! Owl Spirit Cafe for soups/sandwiches and lighter fair.

DON'T FORGET TO PACK YOUR RAIN GEAR B/C THE WEATHER CHANGES SUPER FAST ON THE PENINSULA!

This is a motorcycle ride in the state of Washington. This motorcycle route has 11 scenery characteristics and other road conditions to help you plan your road trip. This motorcycle map was created by SimplyLisa in February. Click here to see other Motorcycle Roads by SimplyLisa

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