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Old 08-05-2015, 02:10 PM   #21
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Would that route be OK in January?
No guarantees there. If we got snow, and that's a big IF, it's usually only around for a day or two. Last year, we had virtually no winter at all around here. Highway 9 is in the lowlands and does not go through what we PNWers call the foothills (of the Cascades) so it almost never has snow. Unless it snows, of course.

If there is snow, it is just as likely that I-5 would have it, too.
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Old 08-05-2015, 02:18 PM   #22
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Here's the Highway 9 suggested route...
Karen,
While we're discussing routes up there, how about:

546 west to 539 south, then 11 (Chuckanut Hwy) along the coast south to 20.
traffic, weather impediments?

(We did Hwy 9 when we left ETI last Nov.: very peaceful, pleasant drive through the country. Added plus was the railroad close by.)


Edit: PS: aren't new Escapees supposed to check in with you when passing through Bellingham?
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Old 08-05-2015, 02:19 PM   #23
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As always, in Winter, weather is the uncontrolled variable that determines if it's an easy pleasant trip or white knuckles.

Karen's suggested route is a scenic route on secondary roads. It would fine if the weather was good.

Personally, I'd take 546 West to 539, also known as Guide Meridian, and shoot down it to I-5. Quicker, and if conditions aren't great, more likely to be plowed.

But either routes fine and if the pick-up process at ETI takes longer than expected the I-5 route is quicker.

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Old 08-05-2015, 03:06 PM   #24
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546 West is good but 539 South (the Guide) can be jammed with traffic by the time one hits B'ham. I avoid it even when just driving. The OP was "totally freaking out" and that's why I suggested Hwy 9, a scenic, peaceful, light-traffic route. It may not be a quick (who's in a hurry?) but it won't give you white knuckles. As to Chuckanut? I wouldn't take a trailer down that for all the tea in China--even little Egbert. It has some extremely tight corners and is very narrow. It is one of the most scenic routes around but stay at Bayview State Park and just drive north a few miles to take it in...along with the Bread Farm in Edison.

The chance of snow in January? Who knows...
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Old 08-05-2015, 03:07 PM   #25
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Lots of great comments posted here. It's great to hear everyone's experiences. Karen thanks for the local insight. I'm still looking for a local campground for the night. I expect to be stateside by mid afternoon. I will have a 12yr with me who loves pools. We are East bound after pickup, might visit the coast before. Personal recommdations with pull throughs?
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Edit: PS: aren't new Escapees supposed to check in with you when passing through Bellingham?
Yes! And I just remembered to check on Jon V's whereabouts (much too late) and learned he stayed in B'ham and even went to Whatcom Falls Park which is a stone's throw from my house. Nuts...
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546 West is good but 539 South (the Guide) can be jammed with traffic by the time one hits B'ham. I avoid it even when just driving. The OP was "totally freaking out" and that's why I suggested Hwy 9, a scenic, peaceful, light-traffic route. It may not be a quick (who's in a hurry?) but it won't give you white knuckles. As to Chuckanut? I wouldn't take a trailer down that for all the tea in China--even little Egbert. It has some extremely tight corners and is very narrow. It is one of the most scenic routes around but stay at Bayview State Park and just drive north a few miles to take it in...along with the Bread Farm in Edison.

The chance of snow in January? Who knows...
Thanks much, Karen. We'll do 539/546/9 northbound to ETI, so we can get gas at Costco. Then southbound we'll use 9/542/I5 and then make our way to Bay View SP. Looks like a Skype call might be in order by my navigator. (on Sept. 21.)
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Old 08-05-2015, 03:38 PM   #28
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Sorry, Karen. I didn't know about that requirement. Had I known, I would have contacted you. When my wife and I picked ours up in May, we went back to the motel in Ferndale to load all our stuff in it. We were only a few miles up the road.
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Old 08-05-2015, 03:45 PM   #29
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Thanks much, Karen. We'll do 539/546/9 northbound to ETI, so we can get gas at Costco. Then southbound we'll use 9/542/I5 and then make our way to Bay View SP. Looks like a Skype call might be in order by my navigator. (on Sept. 21.)
Okay, there's a detour from the 542 just west of the Hwy 9 intersection to repair a culvert/bridge over Anderson Creek. It's not a big deal but just be aware that you'll be taking the Smith Road cut-off from 542 to the Everson Goshen Road and then the E-G Road south back onto 542. I think the detour will be there for many weeks. Again, it's not big deal and the detour routes are very good roads.

Regarding Bayview, I just might make it down there. I'm heading out on a road trip that day (Sept 21) but may just "swing by."
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Okay, there's a detour from the 542 just west of the Hwy 9 intersection to repair a culvert/bridge over Anderson Creek. It's not a big deal but just be aware that you'll be taking the Smith Road cut-off from 542 to the Everson Goshen Road and then the E-G Road south back onto 542. I think the detour will be there for many weeks. Again, it's not big deal and the detour routes are very good roads.
Whew! Thanks for the head's up.

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Regarding Bayview, I just might make it down there. I'm heading out on a road trip that day (Sept 21) but may just "swing by."
Great.
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