NW Fatbikers Annual Ocean Shores Group Ride/Meet
This years annual Ocean Shores Fat Bike Weekend will be September 21st & 22nd. Anyone w/ a fat bike is welcome!
For the Main ride on Saturday we'll meet on the beach directly in front of the Shiloh Inn (Main beach access) at 10:00am.
Sunday's ride is TBD as per the group on Sat.
Wide range of motels & etc. at Ocean Shores and Ocean City State Park is only 1.5 miles to the North w/ beach access. Folks staying at the state park can meet us on the beach easily w/o driving.
Evening rides, beach fires and general fat bike comradery as per the weather and the group.
Last year we re-grouped at Bennett's Fish Shack for food and beer (it was a blast!).
Feel free to PM me if you want or just show up. Many of us have already made reservations and will be there rain or shine.
Video "bump"... here's last year's Sat. ride (music may not play on mobile devices)...
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Here's the video from this years meet. Thanks to everyone who showed up and made this happen! Good Fat Times! Can't wait 'till next year!!
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I don't have a fat bike but I love the videos, waiting for this years RR.
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Here you go nwbikur:
14 riders total at one point. A few had to leave early and a couple arrived late and found us on the beach. Forecast was for much worse weather... Mother Nature gave us a break at just the right time.
A few of us rode 5 miles to the meet spot and also an extra 5 mile "commute" to finish. So, some of us rode approx. 25 miles of beach and some rode approx. 15. We naturally spread out after a while and only about half rode all the way to the turn around point (the Copalis River). That's one of the cool things about a beach ride, everyone rides at they're own pace and doe's they're own thing.
Because there were so many new riders this time, we kept it simple and rode the same route as last year- North to the Copalis River and back to Ocean Shores. Everyone who stayed in town re-grouped at the Fish Shack for food and beverage after and then enjoyed a beach fire after that.
Sand, even the softer unpacked sand, was firmer and faster than last year. Last year we were at the end of a long dry spell and the sand was loose & soft real deep down. Had two run the tires at minimum pressures to keep 'em rolling. Rain & wind before the ride firmed things up this year. Allot like snow conditions... never know what your going to get.
We're talking about route options for next year. Maybe ride the beach North of Copalis to Moclips.
I might have to add my carcass to the horde this year. Only caveat is that mid/late Sept is prime salmon and searun cutthroat fishing, and also a great time to hike in Olympic Nat'l Park.
Cool PP! This years dates are Sep. 26th thru 28th w/ the main ride being Sat. 27th. I think we're meeting at 9:30am beside the Shiloh Inn at the main beach access. Might be some fishing close by on the Humptulips, Copalis??
Originally Posted by PlutonicPlague
Thanks, Ward. Decent hatchery Coho run in the Copalis. Hump has fishing. And a couple of creeks I know have some searun cutts that I can sucker with my flies.
If any fatbikers are headed out to the South beaches here, give me a hedzup, if you'd like some company on a ride.
If I hurry my arse out the door, i can take advantage of this break in the weather!
My brother in law & fam are big into fishing. When we're at O.S. they almost always catch enough surf perch for a fish fry. We'll be there (O.S.) in April for a few days. Planning to ride a bunch including hopefully the section between Westport and Tokeland (only bike legal stretch on the WA coast I haven't ridden on a fat bike). That will require a drive around Gray's Harbor. Give me a PM if you want to plan something.
Sounds good, Ward. I, too am a surf perch fisher. I don't go after them as often as I used to, but I like the easy, nearby access. Sometimes I surf for a bit, then come in and grab my perch rod and fish in my wetsuit.
I like the stretch from Twin Harbors St Park (I park on the S end of the park at the Bonge Ave access) heading North to the Jetty at Westhaven State Park for a short ride. You can take a spin around Half Moon Bay, tour the docks area of Westport (maybe grab some lunch) and head back to the Jetty on the paved bike/pedestrian trail, then back South on the beach. I skipped the last leg to the docks and cut back thru the parking area under the Coast Guard observation tower on my last ride, which made it a 9+ mile RT.
South of Bonge Ave all the way to Grayland Beach State Park is a wide, rather boring stretch best done when the tide is out a little bit, to avoid the really soft sand above the high tide line there.
I haven't ridden my Pugs South from Grayland Beach St Pk yet, but it gets a little more interesting as you get closer to North Cove. When you approach the southerly end of North Cove, there is a house surrounded by rip-rap protruding out onto the beach (defiant homeowner bravely battling the Pacific Ocean), and then a small jetty ("Jacobsen's Jetty") with a creek-like drainage canal that empties into the mouth of Willapa Bay across the beach. This is easily fordable at lower tide levels, mid-calf deep at worst.
You will have to carry your bike up over the rip-rap to the highway, and then cut back down to the beach, which puts you in the mouth of Willapa Bay on the outer side of the Tokeland Peninsula (just a large spit). This is best done when the tide is out. There are some drainages that will need fording along the outer spit, and I haven't tried to ride there yet. I've walked a good portion of it, though.
This affords nice views of the Bay and the Willapa Hills, although much of them are scarred with many fresh clear cuts from all the logging.
The shoulder along the highway (St Route 105 S) is wide as it enters the Shoalwater Bay Indian Reservation there.
Here (@ junction of SR 105 S and Kindred Ave), one can ride the road couple of miles out to the end of the spit, where there's a public fishing pier and small marina and boat launch. At the junction, there's a casino, some fireworks stands, and a new mini-mart gas station with the cheapest gas on the Beach.
If you ride the road all the way out to the end of the Tokeland Spit, you can stop in at Nelson Seafoods "Porch" and buy a crab or shrimp cocktail.
Is there a place in Ocean Shores that rents fat bikes?
Not yet. We've been brainstorming on how to possibly get a few "demo's" there for folks who would like to try it but don't want to shell out the $$ for a fatty yet. There's lots more "fat" to choose from out there now too and, for the most part, not a wide variety in anybody's town to test ride. Also, most test rides happen on the street outside of a shop... just about as bad as testing a ferrari on a jeep trail. IMO, that's one reason lots more cyclists don't pick up on "high floatation" riding... they just don't understand it for what it is and often they're 1st experience is NOT in the elements they were designed to "shine" in. Also, many shop folks don't have a very good understanding of what high floatation actually is either. Would be great to evolve our annual beach meet to include demo's, rentals, and a little seminar for cyclists new to fat biking. Keep in touch Summit Ridge Guy, if we get even just 4 or 5 that want to come that don't own fat bikes, maybe we can arrange for a shop that does have demo's/rental's to supply and transport them.
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