Day 4 Bike Camping the Olympic Peninsula

  • Day 4 of the Anacortes to Port Angeles bike touring trip
  • Distance biked: 41.6 kilometres
  • Location: Olympic Peninsula, WA
  • Route: Sequim Bay State Park to Victoria, BC
  • Total trip distance biked: 180 kilometres

Sibylla & I set the alarm for 6:30 am so we could leave Sequim Bay State Park in plenty of time to make the 2 pm Port Angeles ferry. I got up a little early and took some photos of the campsite. We ate a lot of oats, packed up, and left by 8:10 am. Biked into Sequim proper on the Olympic Discovery Trail, which went right in front of our campsite! So cool.

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Morning sun in Sequim Bay State Park, WA 

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We came off the trail for a grocery store. I got coffee & a sandwich; we both dumped & refilled our water b/c the campground water was really gross. And on our way! It was so cool to have the two-bikes-wide, paved trail to go on for the entire day. Awesome. Since it’s an old railway grade partially, we went over some neat bridges & trestles, and also had quite a few very steep hills down only to climb again right away, where trestles previously were. It was fun going through the neighbourhoods in Sequim, seeing stuff we would never otherwise see. They brought irrigation to the area, and you can see it running right through town. Then the trail wound through country backroads and farmland. A park, a horticulture centre. On it went, all paved, all day.

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Once the trail came out right beside the ocean for the last section of our trip to Port Angeles, we saw an awesome beach. Long, and great view wide over the ocean. Soft sand near the trail to the beach. We stopped and hung out there for 45 minutes. Had lunch, listened to the ocean, had a nap. It was great.

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At the beach near Port Angeles

Then on our way again. I stopped to pee at the side of the trail and brushed my bare butt up against stinging nettles by mistake. Ouch. Then we saw some day-bikers whom we’d been leap frogging for part of the day. They had turned around and were coming back towards us. They said a guy who’s touring had told them the trail was closed, washed out, and that he tried to go around, but it was too difficult. We really didn’t want to turn around and go all the way back to the highway, and we didn’t have time, so we kept going, figuring we’d check it out when we got to it. It was closed, but you could get around the fence. The ground had caved in, but it was easy enough to lift the bikes over it and get around. We were happy we’d decided to try. Ten minutes later, there we were at the ferry terminal. Got our tickets, and had almost an hour to spare. We hung out in the shade eating apples. We were going to play Scrabble (Sibs brought the board & pieces on the trip!) but were tired and didn’t get around to it.

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California poppies

The Black Ball ferry was chaotic. Much different than the calm, spacious Washington State ferries. But we found a great spot outside on lockers on the port side. It wasn’t very cold or windy; different set up than BC Ferries, and we were able to sit out there for the whole beautiful trip. All day we had blue skies, sunshine, and lots of views of ocean and of snow on the mountains. A gorgeous day. We pulled into Victoria Harbour downtown, and going through customs was quick. From there we had a fast and frantic ride through downtown city traffic, along Wharf Street and over the Blue Bridge. Changing lanes, riding in the middle of it all, bringing me back to bike courier days. I love the rush. From there, just a climb and one final downhill, and there we were at Mum’s. Wheeled our bikes into the backyard garden, and she came out. We stayed for a little while and visited, drinking apple juice in the garden. Then Sibylla & I took our bags off our bikes, loaded them on my rack, and drove up through Friday rush hour traffic to Sidney, where her car was parked. Did the last gear exchange, hugs and high fives, and we were off. A really great trip. Can’t wait to do another one soon. I’m hooked.

 

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