Cycling Advocates Ride to Pro Walk Pro Bike 2006

Daily Trip Log

from Vancouver B.C. to Madison, Wisconsin and then on to Chicago.

Now, on the way home with stops for cycling in Santa Fe, Sacramento and the wine country, and then Seattle. From there by bicycle back home.

Picture of Vancouver, BCGrouse Mountain Vancouver B.C.
from Seattle to Port Angeles, WA
Date: 2006-10-10
Distance: 121 Kilometres
Cycling Time: 6.22 Hours
Average Speed: 19.52 kph
  Trip Distance since Leaving Vancouver - 5,518 Kilometres  

Thoughts for the Day



Back on to the bike fully loaded minus some weight that was taken back to Vancouver. If has been almost a month since I cycled with a fully loaded bike. It felt a bit different and the muscles did so notice it. At the end of the ride I was tired.

Down to the ferry docks as the first sign of light breaking. As the Bainbridge ferry was unloading about 90 cyclists came cycling out of the bowels of the large ship. About 3 years ago I was standing here, as well, watching a morning commuting ferry from Bainbridge unloading and then 50 cyclists emerged. Has the commuting by bike grown that much in 3 years or was that just a matter of the day?

    On the other side of the route at the ferry docks there was a large bike station overloaded with bikes parked. Buses making their way to the dock had bikes on the racks on front. Cyclists were cycling towards the ferry.

    On the off-peak direction that I was on, there were about 6 bicycles aboard. Some of the people were returning home from their night work. One of the cyclists that I talked to lives about 25 kilometres from the docks.

  The ride was into the wind all days. A bit tiring it was.

My recollection was that this ride would be rolling. I had forgotten the long, straight climbs of a kilometre or two each at some steep grades. It took time to get to the top as forward speed kept dropping. As one was finished the next one appeared as ridges were crossed in the foothills to the Olympic Mountain range.

The scenery was very pleasant with tall trees, mountains, and the Juan de Fuca Strait providing visual relief. The day was cold but sunny. In the morning, the tall trees were blocking out the sun and the heat for my cold body.

The view from the motel as the sun set over the Juan de Fuca Strait was quite spectacular. Set above the harbour with ships at anchor, the soft pink and rose pastel colours spread across the waters and on the mountains on the Vancouver Island in the distance.


Cycling Facilities



Olympic Peninsula

  Except for a very short section, the ride today was either on bike lanes in Seattle or on wide paved shoulders on the peninsula side of the waters. Crossing the Hood Canal there was were signs indicating that bikes would be on the road and that there would not be any shoulders. The crossing was about a kilometre long. There were three spans and causeways between. Two of the spans were with metal grating road surface. Fortunately the state had installed a metre and a half wide smooth surface on the grating which acted as a paved shoulder. Cycling across was easy on a non-slip surface. The surface acted as a shoulder keeping traffic to the left. On the causeway there were good shoulders. So much for the signs.