Today was my first real riding day. I took it a little easy to get into the swing of things and did about 35 miles in total, coming from Vancouver Island into Washington.
Lochside Regional Trail
Heading out this morning, the sun had a reddish glow to it. Apparently, there has been a rather large fire in Washington, and it’s caused the sky to become pretty hazy. I headed down the East Coast of Vancouver Island along the Lochside Regional Trail.
It was very well maintained and went through a variety of areas from farmland to parks to residential neighborhoods. It nearly went all the way down to the southern part of Victoria while staying off the highways. There were a fair amount of cyclists out today, and everyone was incredibly friendly. Nearly everyone who rode by had a smile on their face and waved.
Ferry from Victoria to Port Angeles
I hopped on the ferry to get back to the US. It’s very cyclist friendly and has bike racks up front. The boat itself is pretty huge as it’s carrying many vehicles as well as passengers over to Washington.
On board, there were many other cyclists. A lot of Canadians heading over to Washington to cycle for the weekend and then head back.
Olympic Discovery Trail
Once the ferry landed in Port Angeles, I headed East along the water on the Olympic Discovery Trail. Wow, the views and scenery were breathtaking!
I ended up in the middle of a cycling race somehow. I seemed to be the only one out there without a racing bib with a number on it. It was cool to have a company along the trail.
I talked to some of the cyclists out there, and apparently, it’s an annual race called the Tour de Lavender that goes along the Olympic Peninsula.
One of the unique things about this trail is that all along it, people have written fun messages with chalk. Everything from positive encouragement like “You can do this!”, “Almost there!”, etc… to tips like “Make sure to stay hydrated” and even poems and proverbs.
One of them even directed me to visit a goat along the trail, which I did :)
Once I got to Sequim, I checked into an old motel that reminded me of the Bates Motel :P Since I’m working on this trip, I’m not camping, but rather doing the Airbnb, cheap model/hostel, couch surfing approach. I ended up making a checklist for each day to make sure I don’t forget anything like wash clothes, check the weather, download offline map data to GPS, etc…
When I was settled, I headed down the street a bit and hit up the 101 Diner to grab a burger. It was a 50’s style, hometown type of place.
I sat up at the bar and ended up meeting a cool guy named Dave. We swapped some stories of cool trips and places we’ve been to, which was a great way to end the day. I’m not sure if it was because I skipped lunch today or what, but the food tasted amazing!