02 August 2018 urban adventure league

• Monday July 23: The trip started off well, with a mid-day Amtrak train ride to Seattle King Street Station. That’s the “normal” part of this day. In my haste of getting off the train and hustling to the ferry dock, I managed to get on THE WRONG FERRY. You see, I had the hope of cruising to Bainbridge Island and then camping at Fay Bainbridge, a shortish (7 mile) ride. But NO, I boarded the Bremerton ferry instead!* I decided to roll with it, and found a place to get food and beer (Der Bruckken Brewery) and then a campground (Illahee State Park) a short distance away. So I lingered with the food/beer, and then got surprised when the campground was CLOSED! Daylight fading fast, I made the decision to ride about 18 miles to another campground, Kitsap Memorial.

I rode past sunset into this open park (whew!) The ride itself was mostly good, and I’m thankful for strong dynamo lighting.

• Tuesday July 24: After Monday’s fiasco, I was hoping for a better day. It started off good enough, with a detour into Port Gamble for “second breakfast” and a chance encounter with two other cyclotourists. I opted for a back way into Port Townsend, which consisted of a good hill with low traffic and a payoff in the form of a lake. It was pretty nice rambling along the water north of Port Ludlow. Then on the way into Chimacum, about 10 miles outside of Port Townsend, I flatted. I switched tubes and put a dollar bill in as a boot. There was a nice gash in my so-supple Compass Rat Trap Pass tires from a previous flat and the area around it wore down. That boot lasted less than a mile, then blowout. Thankfully, I was right next to a bus stop and there was still a bus coming, so I took that the rest of the way into town. Thankfully my host for the night was a bike mechanic, and managed to make a “super boot” consisting of a patch of cotton cloth and liberal amounts of Gorilla Tape.

• Wednesday July 25: Thankfully the boot held, though it did bulge and make a noticeable thump-thump-thump. I took a ferry to Whidbey Island and headed south, mostly sticking to the main road, as it was shorter and less hilly than the alternatives. At this point in the trip it was just about making it to the end. Thankfully SR 525 had moderate traffic and a generous shoulder. In Freeland I met up with Robert aka Spiral Cage and we have coffee and ride for a little bit. I make it into oh-so-cute Langley where I enjoy some beer and food. I arrive to my Warmshowers home as light was fading, and got a great view of the Sound.

• Thursday July 26: I only needed to ride three miles to get to the Clinton ferry terminal. The 20 minute cruise brought me back to the mainland, to the town of Mukilteo. I had only been through here once so I decided to hang out. I got some beer and pizza (the theme of this tour!) at Diamond Knot Brewery, then checked out the cute little beach and lighthouse. Then it was several hours of buses to Seattle King Street Station. And I should have got going earlier, as I got to the train station just in time!

• Bike Touring Workshop 26 August, 2018 at 13:00 – 16:00 Golden Pliers Bicycle Repair & Supply, 3254, 1451 N Skidmore St, Portland, OR 97217, USA Description:Learn more about bike touring and camping. Discussing equipment, planning, and cost as well as day-to-day life on the road. Limit 6 participants, registration required. https://bike-tour-wkshp-aug-2018.eventbrite.com

• Ride To Swifts 10 September, 2018 at 16:30 – 20:00 Vera Katz Eastbank Esplanade, SE Water Ave & Hawthrone Blvd, Portland, OR 97239, USA Ride 5mi to get to Chapman School in NW to see the Vaux Swifts do their nightly descent into the chimney. Pit stop for picnic supplies. Bring a blanket, and lights and layers are a good idea for the ride home.

• Willamette Valley Three Speed Bike Tour 31 August, 2018 – 4 September, 2018 Champoeg State Park, 8239 Champoeg Rd NE, St Paul, OR 97137, USA A three day, one way camping tour mostly along the Willamette Valley Scenic Bikeway. Start in Champoeg, end in Eugene. Self supported, 3-5 spd hubs only. Register: https://wvsb_3speedtour2018.eventbrite.com