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Day 109: To Shelton, WA

33.77 miles

For those who don’t know, let me explain a little about the Adventure Cycling Association maps we’re following.  Each map covers about 30-40 miles and highlights our intended route as well as any services (campgrounds, motels, grocery stores, bike shops, etc) along the way.  When you get to the end of one map section, you flip it over to the next section and follow that one for the next 30 or so miles.  This morning we were riding a highway next to the water and enjoying the scenery so much that I forgot to flip the map over.  That mistake took us about 2.5 miles past a turn we needed to take.  So that’s about 5 extra miles we had to bike today.  The ironic thing is that as we rode past our missed turn, both of us remembered noticing it and being thankful we didn’t have to ride up the steep winding road it entailed.

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Day 108: Multimodal: Car, Boat, Bike!

21.2 miles

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Views leaving Anacortes

Last night we pulled everything out of the rental car, re-organized all of our gear and made sure we were ready to ride again today. We had ~60 miles of driving from Anacortes to Seattle to return the car to the rental agency. And before returning the car, we had to make a stop at the post office in town to pick up two packages we had delivered there. Travelers take note! Make sure you have a good idea of where a post office is located when you use it for general delivery mail. Just because its centrally located doesn’t mean its easily accessible. Alan hopped out of the car on the street in front of the post-office, and then I circled around several times, unable to find parking in downtown Seattle. Not being familiar with Seattle streets and the lack of parking made this stop a little tough and it took longer than it probably had to take since I get easily frustrated with city driving. After getting Alan back in the car with our packages, we had lunch at a Thai restaurant and then we returned the minivan. We loaded up our bikes on the sidewalk outside of the Enterprise Rental center and set off for the ferry.

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Days 106 & 107: North Cascades Beauty

Boy, was it chilly this morning in our little cabin.  The cabin consisted of little more than a double bed and a small loft above the porch with a twin mattress.  They’ve also squeezed in a small fridge, microwave and an electric heater.  We turned the heater on this morning to warm things up while we made breakfast and packed up the van.  We were hoping to reach the Seattle area tonight, but I was mainly looking forward to the North Cascades.  I’ve seen photos online and it looks beautiful there.

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