Wednesday, May 5, 2010

To Anacortes

This ferry is the smallest in the fleet of Washington State Ferries. After we bought our tickets and parked in the designated area, a young woman with a small child came up to us. "Hi, you must be Arlete, and you're Dick." I answered, "And you must be Shelly and Soren." Dick didn't know what was going on. Before leaving Port Townsend, I had called Bill, tonight's Warmshowers host in Anacortes. He told me his daughter would be on the same ferry. Bill then called his daughter and told her we'd also be on the ferry.

Goodbye, Port Townsend.

During the ferry crossing, we met Shelly and Soren upstairs and visited for a while.

Outside Coupeville, we saw the rather large Penn Cove Mussel farm.

Once again, it's been a cold and rainy ride. It felt so good to sit in a Starbuck's in Oak Harbor and have a hot drink (free thanks to a gift card from Thais) and eat lunch.

Deception Pass: beautiful! The vehicles must be used to bicycles, they were very patient and polite as we made our way across the 2-lane, shoulderless bridge. The view to the west:

The view to the east:
2/3 of the way across:

Entering Anacortes.

L-R: Our Warmshowers hosts, Bill and Ann; their neighbors and fellow bicycle tourists, Fran and Frank. They rode together from Skagway to Whitehorse. Bill and Ann have also completed the Pacific Coast Route and will begin the Southern Tier Route this fall.

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