In 2012 on Aust 25-26th I’ll be riding TRC’s on Tours the Lakes ride. But I’m ready to go back and do RAPsody next summer.
Cliff Mitchell and I did this route a couple of years ago and I said I wouldn’t returen. But that was when we had to take a Ferry from Tacoma to Gig harbor. We spent the best hour for cycling of the day, sitting watching the sunrise waiting for the next ferry. Oh, and Cliff and I were doing this 165 mile ride in one day.
But now the ride runs across the Tacoma Narrows bridge. I recommend doing the two day option and overnighting in Shelton.
If your spouse, as does mine, longs for mountain views across open water, then this is the ride for you. Do it in two junks, 85 and 80. Hmm, those guys have been drinking the cool-aide. That still comes out to 165 miles. Oh, well. You’ll love it.
Day 1: 85 miles
Day 2: 80 miles
Total Miles: 165 miles
Day 1 Elevation Gain: 5,800 ft
Day 2 Elevation Gain: 3,800 ft
Approx Total Elevation Gain: 9,600 ft.
The Ride Around Puget Sound starts and ends at Tacoma Community College, where free overnight parking is provided. The route passes through Tacoma, Gig Harbor, Southworth, Port Orchard, Shelton, Olympia, Lacey, Fort Lewis, Steilacoom, University Place and lots of little towns you have never heard of but might want to go back and visit again some day.