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Tom/Barb

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Posted: 09/28/22 08:44pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

RicB wrote:

Tom/Barb wrote:

The hidden special places that we enjoyed are the northwest Cascade highway 20. continue
to the Baker Lake area north of Concrete a. see the giant trees of the Sentinels.
Continued on Highway 20 west, Thru Deception Pass, and the ferry ride to Port Townsend.
Then south on 101 and west again to the coast.. then south
This way you miss Seattle, Portland, and the I-5 mess.


Taking the ferry interests me. Can you tell me more...did you keep coach and toad hooked up, any special instructions for big vehicles, just show up and get in line, etc.? Thanks.


It's an easy do,, make reservations, for the KEYSTONE to PORT TOWNSEND run, know when you will depart, arrive, pay, board, enjoy [emoticon]
The Ferry is a 350 car ferry, so there is not need to unhook. bigger units will be loaded on the center deck, Large Tractor trailers will be loaded as directed. Our 40' motorhome with a 20' trailer is an easy do. ($110.00)
There is a great Camp ground at Fort Casey, Do your home work, it is pretty full (always)..there is a a large parking lot at the ferry (free)
The route is, Oak Harbor, to Coupeville, right at the light. direct Fort Casey. and the ferry dock.
It's 10 miles shorter that the highway 20


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Posted: 10/05/22 09:05am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

Looking at your rig, you’ll want to pretty much so stay on 101 & access the coast with your dinghy. Even at that time of year you will need reservations. Case in point. Bandon, in Oregon, is super packed with crabbers (if I remember correctly). We stayed at Seven Feathers, arguably the best on the west coast, then day tripped to the coast. As long as you are there, hit Crater Lake. The park in Prospect is outstanding. Many day trip it from 7 Feathers.

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Posted: 10/05/22 10:48am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

One important note if you take the ferry to Port Townsend.

Hwy 101 on the Olympic peninsula can be very confusing because it does almost a complete loop. Hwy 101 goes completely around the West side, the North side and the East side of the peninsula.

So, when someone tells you to go South on Hwy 101, you have to ask; Southbound on the West side (Pacific Ocean side) or Southbound on the East side (Puget Sound side).

If you want to go Southbound on the West side (Pacific Ocean side) from Port Townsend, you need to go Northbound first, then Westbound, and then you can go Southbound.

shelbyfv

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Posted: 10/06/22 05:18pm Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

We've always enjoyed Kalaloch campground, part of Olympic Nat'l Park. The Hoh Rainforest is worth a visit as well. Unless it's dried up in the past few years.

Veebyes

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Done all of 101 & 1 towing a 34' 5er with the exception of one short bit of 1 at the N end that has a size restriction as far as SFO.

Not saying it is all easy, but it is doable. My rule of thumb, if a semi can do it, so can I


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Veebyes wrote:

Done all of 101 & 1 towing a 34' 5er with the exception of one short bit of 1 at the N end that has a size restriction as far as SFO.

Not saying it is all easy, but it is doable. My rule of thumb, if a semi can do it, so can I


This, you wanted to have a big rig, get comfortable with it size and enjoy.


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Veebyes wrote:

Done all of 101 & 1 towing a 34' 5er with the exception of one short bit of 1 at the N end that has a size restriction as far as SFO.
All of 1 from Leggett to SF except Bodega Bay is prohibited for the OPs 42' MH.

See the CA Bus and MH maps.


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I can recommend the Oregon state parks. We stayed in three coastal parks on our visit in September 2021, Fort Stevens, Washburn and Bullard Beach. Would return.


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Nothing wrong with traversing Nevada on your way back to MI. Different scenery, little traffic, good road surfaces, adequate stopping places.
What's not to like?

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Posted: 12/05/22 11:54am Link  |  Quote  |  Print  |  Notify Moderator

obgraham wrote:

What's not to like?


Nevada.

I don't mind the beauty of bleak desert landscapes, but nature took it a little too far with Nevada.


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