Day Nine: Sequim to Seattle
This is the final story in our 9-episode, 360-mile bicycle trip around Washington State's Olympic Peninsula.
Cold, wind-lashed rain greeted us on the morning of the 9th day. The ordeal of the day before left us both with a case of general fatigue. We got a late start, around 8, and instead of our usual oatmeal, had big breakfast at a nearby diner.
We started out into the weather reluctantly. Today would be about 50 miles and neither of us were in top form. Though we’d been exercising every day for more than a week, the combination of the previous day’s workout and the bad weather left us with a case of highway lassitude.
The ride from Sequim to Kingston, where we would catch the ferry to the mainland is fairly flat. There’s one long hill of about 2 miles where Highway 104 takes off from 101. There’s lots of traffic, but the shoulders are wide, and it’s not a bad ride.
The Hood Canal Bridge can be exciting on a windy day, but after our adventure at Lake Crescent, even this obstacle seemed like child’s play.
As we traveled east, the rain eased and by the time we reached Port Gamble, 7 miles from the ferry dock, it had stopped completely and we had dried out.
As we pedaled along near the top the last hill, we were greeted one last time by the now-familiar air horns of John and family’s brown RV. As they lumbered past, giving us their usual wide berth, we could see John’s son waving to us from the back window.
P.S. Our next trip is this weekend. We'll be riding over the Loop Loop Pass and into eastern Washington. There will be lots of stories to tell, so stay tuned!