Geoff Riding West IV/V the PNW Coast October 16 2014
I got up the next morning and took the short ferry ride over to Port Townsend and biked around town. It was a cloudy day but a very cool town. I biked toward Sequim on a great bike path called the Olympic Discovery Trail. I Stopped for a while to eat from a blackberry bush and stayed at a state park right along the bike path at a biker/hiker only campsite all to myself! The full moon came out over the bay and there was marine life making noises and some type of whale swimming.
Day 17 I woke up and took the bike trail to Port Angeles, another cool town on the coast and passed a hostel to stay in for the night. On the way I passed the Libtech snowboard factory. Getting excited for winter!
The next day I left Port Angeles and set out to Forks and planned on camping outside of town. I rode highway 101 through the Olympic National Park at Lake Crescent and the Elwha River valley It was getting late and a guy named Tom from the Indian Reservation flagged me down and said I look tired and should take a ride to Forks 12 miles away where I stayed the night.
Day 19 I left Forks and set out for the Pacific Ocean. I had my first day of rain on the trip but it was light and on and off. I hit Ruby Beach in the Olympic NP and it was an incredible feeling to see the pacific. I made a stop at a place called big cedar and then found a great hammock spot for the night and saw a sea otter run across the beach.
Day 20 I rode by more beaches and then through the Ho Rainforest to Lake Quinault where I saw a rainbow over the lake before I camped for the night.
The next morning I got up and did a long day to the town of Raymond where I found an old abandoned picnic area to camp for the night. Day 22 I rode down the coast out to Seaview in the rain and found a cheap place to camp in an RV park by the beach. They let me stay in a hunters tent with a woodstove and dry off.
Day 23 I set out to cross a 4 mile bridge over the Columbia River where it meets the Pacific. A good friend Jon Pooler was there to meet me and we went for a beer at the Rogue Ale house in Astoria and check out the sea lions! Afterwards found a hammock spot off the bike path on the water. Oregon Coast here we go!