Sasquatch 2017 Dual Sport GPS Adventure Tour The Ultimate Pacific Northwest Adventure Ride! Click here to register now Olympic Peninsula: September 18-21 As I write, the wind is whipping outside at 40 mph as a rough storm funnels its way up the Washington coast. And it’s April. What a heck of a winter it’s been and considering all the rugged weather we’ve been experiencing, you can imagine it’s going to be a little rough on the trail when the snow finally melts away in June at the higher elevations. Over the last few years we’ve enjoyed good weather and less fires by holding the Sasquatch Dual Sport GPS Adventure tour in mid-June. But that can’t happen this year for a number of reasons. For starters, our pre-riders can’t even hit the trail until more likely July. Add to that that the forest service can’t give us updated road information until they can hit the trail themselves. So, for good reason, we’re moving the dates of this years’ Sasquatch tour to September. And we’re going to hold it where we believe the least amount of road damage exists – on the Olympic Peninsula. Here’s a look at how this years’ tour will roll Monday 9/18 – We’ll depart out of the lower reach of the Hood Canal and head across a high steel bridge to not one, but two awesome mountain peak overlooks, before taking lunch at a serene alpine lake. Then it’s out to the coast for a relaxed evening of good food and camaraderie. Tuesday 9/19 – Our first leg of the day takes us along the Washington coastline for a visit to a rain forest and then to the wettest city in the Pacific Northwest or maybe on the planet where we’ll break for lunch. The afternoon finds us working our way east to a domesticated hot springs resort where we’ll spend the night. Wednesday 9/20 – It’s time to head north and explore the roads less travelled as we also discover some unique buildings that go back to wartime, before we ride out along a major spit and break for lunch. The afternoon finds us in the heart of the Olympics where there are no obstructions, just views of the highest peak in the area. Evening finds us relaxing in a seaside town. Thursday 9/21 – Our final day finds us working our way out to the north end of the Hood Canal and south through the national forest. Along the way we cross a river, by bridge, popular with the local crab populations. Then it’s up to a majestic mountain and lunch. The afternoon finds us working our way to our final destination and our last evening meal together. So, it’s September – what if it rains along the route. We’ll have pavement options available each day to keep you out of the snot and perpendicular. For the complete itinerary, accommodation suggestions, click here to register for the tour now. About the Sasquatch Dual Sport Adventure Tour In 2006 Sound RIDER! created the Sasquatch Dual Sport Tour. What began as a 1 day fun run down the Olympic Peninsula has blossomed into a five day dual sport and adventure tour through the Northwest. Each year the tour covers terrain through the Pacific Northwest. Past tours have traversed the Cascade Mountains of Washington and Oregon, explored the Oregon Coastal ranges, journeyed across the solace of the Columbia River Basin and dug into the best Idaho has to offer. The tour route changes each year. Wherever the tour goes, riders are certain to see places they've never seen and ride roads they've never been on before. The tour is held in the summer to ensure all roadways are open and not blocked by snow. This is the Pacific Northwest after all, where snow has been known to block scenic passes all the way into early July. Each year the route is pre-ridden to insure all roads are passable. The routes are crafted with a mix of paved and gravel roads. There are no single track or two track sections per se and are designed to provide riders an enjoyable experience without harsh terrains, making these tours a great ride for both intermediate as well as seasoned dual sport and adventure riders alike. Dual sport and Adventure bikes of all sizes from 250 to 1,300 cc's or higher can join in. All bikes must be street legal. Riders should have more than 1,000 off-pavement riding miles under their belt. Having taken some off-pavement training such as the MSF Dirt bike curriculum, or adventure rider training is helpful as well. Riders are encouraged to ride in small groups of six or less, with at least 30-60 seconds of space between one another to reduce dust inhalation and allow for the ride to be much more enjoyable for all. Morning legs last about 3-4 hours each. Lunch stops always include gas nearby and are typically in places with several eatery choices. Afternoon legs are typically 3-5 hours ending in the evenings suggested lodging location which always includes fuel and dining options. Camping and motels are be available along the route each night and are noted in the itinerary you receive after you sign up. Space is limited, so the sooner you sign up, the sooner you will get the kind of accommodations you desire. Once registered, riders are sent an itinerary of each day's locations and suggested accommodations that includes hotels, motels, bed & breakfast and camping facilities along the route. Each rider can then determine their preferred accommodations and proceed to book directly from there, which keeps an individual's costs low, or allows them to go wild by staying at more upscale locations along the way. Or perhaps a mix? Included in the price of registration, riders will receive a full tour book upon arrival at the start point which includes ride notes and maps for each segment of the tour. GPX routes will be downloaded to your GPS unit during initial check-in. While the tour is in progress, the guides keep a close eye on road conditions ahead and will re-route an upcoming section in the event such is needed due to fire or other closures. When possible, riders are provided with the updated GPS route during such a point during the tour. In addition, riders are allowed to store up to 40 liters of gear (about one medium sized tail pack or pannier) in our tour truck. Pickup and drop off locations are noted in the tour book. Also noted in the tour book are restaurants and grocery options throughout each day. We also include a central evening locale for each night where riders can converge to tell large stories and small lies about their day's adventures. The routes are designed with fuel stops available at least every 125 miles if not more often, so you will not need to be concerned about this issue. The price to ride on this tour is a mere $175 when paid in advance (meals & accommodations are paid separately by you). Those who wish to register on-site the night before or day of will pay a walk-up rate of $199. Cartage is limited to the first 50 riders who register. The event goes on Rain or Shine. There are no refunds. Click here to register now Interested in previous year's Sasquatch Routes. Click here to check out our self-guided tour Book & GPS selections.