Monday, June 12, 2006

Betting It All On Two Bikes and a Ferry

ANACORTES, WASHINGTON--Two weeks ago I had never heard of Anacortes, and two years ago I had never heard of the San Juan Islands. Yet here we are, after more than 3 days of driving, waiting in Anacortes for tomorrow's ferry ride to the those small islands north of Seattle, the San Juans.

Our plan is this: we are leaving our vehicle in the Anacortes parking lot and taking only our bikes. We plan to bike our way through Lopez, San Juan, Orca, and Shaw islands. We figure to spend about a week doing this...camping out, drinking coffee, staying in b&b's, staring at the ocean and sunsets. Our rides each day will only be about 10 to 20 miles. MaryAnn is carrying all her own stuff in a pair of panniers and a sack bungied to the top of them. I'm pulling my trusty little Yakima trailer.

Meanwhile, we spend the night in Anacortes. Our bags are packed...but I'm sure we will have to repack them in the morning. We'll get to the ferry early because I'm going to have to assemble the trailer and prepare the bikes before we go. We have eaten everything in the cooler, including a giant portion of improvised chicken florentine with vermicelli.

Did I mention that it is cool here? The bank thermometer says 64 degrees at about 9:00. We took a walk down to the marina. It is only a block away from our motel. I have always dreamed of ships ever since I was a little boy. I would search the dictionary for types of sailing vessels. The dictionary would always have a picture of each type: schooners, sloops, catboats, yawls, ketches, brigs. I loved them. My tendency towards motion sickness tempers my enthusiasm at this point in my life.

On the way here we went through the Tolt valley...in honor of The Artist Ken Saville, who talks of this place often. He comes up here almost every summer to do art workshops with school kids. I called him on the phone as we did it. He urged me to get a hamburger from the stand in Fall City. We did. And it was pretty darn good.

5 comments:

the window guyz said...

hey johnny ,,its us the window guyz,,,,,,,,,i guess we will look for you in washington . we are delivering a pool table from carom club that we sold on ebay..to a lady i aberdeen washington. we leave in a week or so. wanna meet somewhere...we will look for you...

Garth said...

Sounds great! My sister lives just north of Seattle and visiting her I have been able to see quite a bit of that area and ridden some of the ferries... Sadly I never made it to the San Juans...

Hermes 505 said...

It is pure heaven up there- got married in Roche Harbor on San Juan Island last summer. Wife's fam is from Bellingham area- absolutely adore the area. If you spend anytime on San Juan, check out this link if you can for the best B&B on the island: http://www.highlandinn.com/

Amazing views over the Straits of Juan de Fuca and of Victoria, BC.

It will be very hard to not have a good time there! Oh, and you have to have some dungeness crab, too. Peace-

Bryan said...

Eat at Bilbo's in Eastsound on Orcas and thank me later.

Matt Brix said...

The Gulf Islands on the Canadian side are also wonderful. My wife and I honeymooned on Galiano Island in August of 2004.