This past Sunday a co-worker and I made our way North to ride on the Olympic Discovery Trail. The Olympic Discovery Trail looks like a rails-to-trails trail, though, I'm not sure if it is or isn't. I took some pictures along the way (click on them to make them bigger). They are in no particular order and I'm going to continue this rambling post in between pictures.
We got on the trail about ten miles East of Sequim. Let me digress - municipality names around here can be tricky for the uninitiated. Example, Sequim. So, how do you think you pronounce it? Sec-quee-em? Wrong. It's pronounced Squim.
As much as it rains around here, Sequim is the exception to the rule. It lies in the rain shadow. It receives only 16 inches of rain per year on average. That's the same as Los Angeles, CA. Crazy.
Anyway, the ride.... We started our ride on the trail near Sequim Bay (and an Indian Casino) and then heads into the woods, sort of. We also rode through some farmland. And the last few miles before we reached Port Angeles, WA was along the Straight of Juan de Fuca.
The picture above is an old railroad bridge (I think).
Cool old barn type building.
At the corner of Kitchen-Dick and Woodcock. Yes, we laughed. And yes, we are easily amused.
The above picture was taken at Port Angeles. If you look past the boat to the hills on the other side of the water, that's Canada. There's a ferry that runs from Port Angeles to Victoria, B.C. (approximately in the vicinity of the picture). Once my passport is renewed, I'll be taking that ferry. I hear Victoria is a great place to visit and ride.
Cool mural right outside where we ate lunch.
Port Angeles from the observation tower near the water.
Port Angeles local.
I ended up with approximately 58 miles for the day. It was obviously raining about five to ten miles South of where we were in the direction of Olympic National Park. It was also raining just over in Canada. However, we were mostly in sunshine all day in the rain shadow. We didn't get rained on at all.
We only rode a small portion of the Olympic Discovery Trail. The game plan is to go back sometime this summer and ride more of it. Maybe even take some camping gear. It is very scenic and what hills there are, are quite slight.
Next up - tulips! Evidently there's a tulip festival next weekend in and around Mt. Vernon, WA. There are massive fields where the tulips are grown. I'm told there's a bike ride next Saturday amongst the tulips. I'm also told there's several good brew pubs up there. Tour de Tulip Beers! Weather permitting, it looks like that's next weekend's deal.