September 24, 2022 all-day America/Los Angeles Timezone
Southwest Washington Back roads
Southwest Washington
Safeway on Whitesell 8:00 AM Orting Wa
We have worked on this route for some time now and feel it is ready to share with you all. We sorted out a number of back roads, side roads and side loops to make a fun and scenic route. See the “discussion” tab for the maps
We will meet in Orting at the Safeway Parking lot, the address is 215 Whitesell St NW Orting.
We would like to arrive around 8:00 and have a drivers meeting then try and head out by 8:30.
This is a long route and will take most of the day. We have planned stops for bathroom breaks and leg stretches. More details about that below.
We will be updating info as the start time gets closer about the weather and stops. Basically it is the same gear suggestions snacks and drinks, chairs, jackets etc. I highly recommend the two way radios. It is a good way to call out stops or if issues arise we can all know what is going on. I think Don has a few extra I have two and I think some other might as well.
The first part of this run kind of follows Ken’s run to Mt. Saint Helens a few days ago. but we will continue East from Elbe and make our way down to Packwood. There is a good coffee place there where we can bathroom break and get some go juice if desired. There is gas in Packwood if needed, they should be having a farmers market this day too.
We follow 12 West but cut off on to some side loops. There is one side cut to Riffe Lake that has a good photo op, but it will need some set up I will discuss this more in Packwood.
Back to more side roads West to Cinebar, then SW to Lunch at Mrs. Beesley’s Burgers by I5.
(We will be test eating here soon and will call it good or bad, so there might be a change.
This leg is 4 hr drive not including all the stops.
After lunch there is gas on the West side of I5. From here out, it is all back country roads. Adna has Ethanol Free gas if desired. At Ingalls Rd we head East to Galvin for another cool photo op.
There is a tavern near here if you all would like to stop for a cold delicious adult beverage.
Back Westward past near our house on all back roads to Oakville. A short run on 12W and we enter the Capital Forest on D-Line. Slower here but super scenic. Perhaps some photo ops in here too.
We exit the forest in Boudeaux near The Mima Mounds I spoke of at the last drive. There is a park there but Discover Passes are required. We can discuss more about stopping here.
We then head North to Olympia where we would like to stop and eat at the Sushi House for Susan’s birthday. This second leg is about 3 hrs not including any stoppage time.
Over all this is 6 hours and 45 minutes driving not including all the stops per the maps. Around 265 miles for the run plus your drive to get there and back. We have plotted additional rest stops at roughly every hour if anyone needs a potty break. Another reason for the radios.
After Sushi we split up and head to respective homes. 101 to I5 is the easiest for most.
We head south back home on backroads again, cuz that’s how we roll.
Please feel free to ask questions or make suggestions. This is my first planned drive and I may have miss a detail or two.

Looking forward to Z’ing you all for a fun day of driving Z’s