I know….I know! It has been almost three years since I posted anything new on this blog. What can I say? Life has been busy with work and in general.
I have been traveling less, but, finally decided to get away. Years ago I played with the idea of cycling the Olympic Peninsula. Almost two decades passed and this was the year to finally do it.
The Olympic Peninsula is the large arm of land in western Washington that lies across Puget Sound from Seattle, and contains Olympic National Park. It is bounded on the west by the Pacific Ocean, the north by the Strait of Juan de Fuca and the east by Hood Canal.
I will drive to Vancouver Island and stay with friends for 2 nights. I will explore a bit around North Saanich and then pick up a few last minute supplies before catching a ferry to Anacortes WA. I will then tour three of the San Juan Islands before heading back to Anacortes and then riding around the Olympic Peninsula. I will eventually end up back in Anacortes and will then ride up and back into the North Cascades. Yes, I will go back to Anacortes (I can’t stay away) to catch a ferry back to Sidney B.C. and will overnight with the same friends before I join up with another friend to spend several days on Pender Island before driving back home. Whew……that sounds exhausting!
The majority of time I will cycle-tour self-supported and solo. Just the way I like it! Besides, I cannot seem to convince any of my “mature” friends that this is a good idea.
Packing is always interesting. You need to bring enough but not too much to avoid cursing up those steep hills one always encounters on islands. I thought I was ahead of the game by almost finishing packing one week prior to departing. That work week prior to departure was, of course, crazy. I had to finish packing the morning of leaving. Why not, I was up at 3 AM Friday June 1 2018 after going to sleep 11 PM the night prior. Yikes! That 12 hour drive to Vancouver Island was going to require “latte power”.
Join me to see what transpires. It’s always interesting.