Proposed Route

Here is what I have planned. I will head west from Coeur d’Alene to Spokane, then make my way towards the Grand Coulee Dam. I’ll then head north through the Colville Reservation to Okanogan where I can meet up with the 20 and began heading West on this highway. I’ll follow the 20 until Marblemount where I will begin heading southwest towards Edmonds. Here I will catch a ferry to Kingston and be on the Olympic Peninsula which I’m quite familiar with. The last couple days I will head north towards home in Port Angeles.

The colors represent each day of the ride

Why I chose this route

When first planning this ride  we knew we wanted to go across the state from East to West so that we could finish at home. We knew we had to start somewhere in Idaho and I’ve heard such good things about Coeur d’Alene that it was the logical starting spot. Also, there are some good breweries there! The next difficult decision was what pass would be the best for crossing the Cascades in a power wheelchair. Snoqualmie Pass is the lowest elevation, however there is a ton of construction there at the moment and I would be forced on to the John Wayne Pioneer Trail. I really considered this for a while, however doing tens of miles on a bumpy, dirt trail sounded miserable. Also, there would’ve been limited access to me for the support vehicle. So I then started looking at Stevens Pass. This seemed like a great route, the second highest elevation pass of my three options and there were plenty of breweries  along the route. However, as I started to investigate more I found that the section of highway between Everett and Stevens Pass is affectionately known as “Highway of Death”. Now I’m not one to be averse to risk, but the ominous name of that section made me start looking for an alternative. I started to really look at SR 20. This was by far the most elevation gain of any route and also probably the most isolated. But it goes through so much beautiful national forest land and is supposed to have spectacular vistas. I’ll have to cross Washington Pass which is 5477 feet and do a total of over 25,000 feet of elevation gain throughout the entire ride. Another big perk of taking the 20 is that it is part of US Bike Route 10. This really aligned with my desire for more connected bike routes throughout our nation and Washington state in particular. This seemed like a great adventure for my power wheelchair.

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How you can help

I have never been to Eastern Washington or anywhere along SR 20. I threw this route together with some tips from friends and some bike maps I found online. I’m sure there are sections where there are better alternatives. I divided the route up  into 13 segments and I’m hoping to get some feedback from people who have ridden any section that I’ve listed. I would love suggestions on any portion of the ride, however I would really love input on the best way to get from Getchell to Edmonds. I basically let the map suggest the best way for cyclists to get between those two points. Maybe it’s a good route, but I am betting there’s a better option.

Without further ado: The Route

Overall RouteCoeur d’Alene to Port Angeles

Note: to see the whole route on one map, click the link above, scroll down on the left side of the screen, and click “show all on map”.

Day One, August 12Coeur d’Alene to Spokane

Day Two, August 13: Spokane to Davenport

Day Three, August 14Davenport to Hesseltine

Day Four, August 15Hesseltine to Whitmore Lookout

Day Five, August 16: Whitmore Lookout to Okanogan

Day Six, August 17Okanogan to Winthrop

Note: day six may be overambitious. 40 miles with a 4000 foot climb is really pushing the limits of my chair.  I may try to extend day five a bit to lighten the load for day six.

Day Seven, August 18Winthrop to Bridge Creek

Day Eight, August 19Bridge Creek to Newhalem

Day Nine, August 20: Newhalem to Darrington

Day Ten, August 21: Darrington to Getchell

Day Eleven, August 22: Getchell to Edmonds

Day Twelve, August 23: Edmonds to Discovery Bay

Day Thirteen, August 24: Discovery Bay to Home

Home Sweet Home

7 thoughts on “Proposed Route”

  1. Hey Ian, thrilled to hear that you are cooking up yet another fabulous wheelchair adventure. If you don’t mind, I would love to join you somewhere along the Centennial Trail and even potentially most of the way to Edmonds.

    I do have one major suggestion for the route to Edmonds. You can take the Interurban Trail, beginning in Everett, all the way into Edmonds and then take a right turn, west, towards the Edmonds ferry. The Interurban is a decent trail but there are sections that are directly next to Interstate 5 so it’s noisy and urban. But it’s still pretty well routed to get you where you want to go. I’ve done the whole thing before so I know it’s doable.

    Good luck!

    1. Quick additional note, it’s only 3 miles from where you would break off from the Interurban Trail to the Edmonds Ferry.

    2. Would love to have you with us Joe!

      I figured there was a better way to get to Edmonds from Arlington. I really appreciate the tip. Do you have any suggestions on where the best place to get off of the Centennial Trail to head over to Everett would be?

      1. Hey Ian – super cool route! wondering if I can add anything of use- Norm’s Market on the N. end of Lake Steven’s is apparently THE tap room for lake (and beer) enthusiasts. Coming off the Centennial Trail at 60th St NE, and taking S. Lake Cassidy to the lake/beer/stop. Routing back along the north end of Lake Stevens ->Centennial Trail, into town of Snohomish. A pleasant route back into Everett is along the Snohomish River on Lowell-Snohomish River Rd. (lots of birding ops). A pitchy 1/2mi of road climbs would link you with the Interurban pretty easily.

        I’d love if we could join you for a section. Will stay tuned!!

        Cheers

        1. Thanks for the suggestion Ben! I’m not sure we will be able to stop for beer near Lake Cassidy, that will still be pretty early in the day. But I’ll keep it on my radar. As for your second suggestion, I’m all for it! I just redrew up a map. Let me know if this is kind of what you’re thinking: https://ridewithgps.com/routes/28086396

  2. Ian! I get back from Cleveland on the 22nd, hoping to join you either the 23rd or 24th. Let me know how I can support (besides beer of course!) 😀

    Route looks awesome – you’re braver than me!

    1. We would love to have you Brandon! One of the best ways you can support is to just come join us for a few miles on some section that works for you. We always love ride a longs!

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