Day 44 - Home to Deception Pass State Park - April 2, 2017

Starting the Final Leg
This year, as spring break approached, I knew that I wanted to finish the last segment of my Pacific Coast bicycle tour. I sent out a group email message to some of my close friends to see if anyone was interested in joining me. Craig Stelling voiced interest.

The two of us biked from our homes and met at the WiFire Cafe in Freeland. Before leaving town, we each picked up a sandwich from the Payless deli. This would be one of many stops that we took on our way north up the island. We consumed the sandwiches (still warm) at South Whidbey State Park.

Deli Sandwich - South Whidbey State Park
Our next stop would be Coupeville. The shoulder on highway 525 is approximately six inches in diameter in some spots. This fact kept us on our saddles and pedaling until we took a right turn off the highway at the pheasant farm. On Coupeville's Front Street, we locked up our bikes and entered the bakery Knead and Feed. The marionberry bear claw hit the spot. The only oddity about the experience was the Mentholatum posters framed and hung in the restroom (a reminder that the establishment used to be a drug store). We left town on Madrona Drive and headed toward Oak Harbor.

Lock Up - Coupeville Waterfront
Cycling down West Beach Road was beautiful. As the wind moved us around the shoulder, glimpses of white caps on Puget Sound confirmed the beauty of my island home. It seems that everything is slightly more spectacular when viewed from the seat of a bicycle.

After a small Frosty at Wendy's and a food stop at Safeway, we left Oak Harbor on highway twenty. The safest route was the sidewalk. I didn't feel the need to contend with a minuscule shoulder and heavy traffic.

Craig and I arrived at Deception Pass State Park just after six o'clock. We paid for the hiker / biker site 231, but after failing to find it, slipped into site 221. We will be leaving early tomorrow morning.

Restroom Stall Reminder
The showers were HOT this evening. It's a real pleasure washing the road away. My only regret is the noise filtering over from tent site 220. The young people have selected a country music station that is heavy on advertising. A slurred laugh by one man confirmed my fear that bottles of booze were being opened. I sincerely wish we had found the hiker / biker site...

Bite - Site 221, Deception Pass State Park

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