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Monday, September 12
For the last day of cycling I started in White Pass and would continue homeward to Ellensburg. There was some construction occurring on White Pass and as a result I luckily was able to cycle most of the White Pass area without traffic. The route follows the Tieton River which looked like it sported some great river rafting opportunities. From Naches I took a back-route that went through the orchard country of the area and continued to climb over the Selah Ridge and onto the Yakima Canyon. The canyon itself was hot though apparently not as hot as it has been the past couple of days! In Ellensburg I had a warm reception from a number of close friends.
|In the morning at the Mt. Rainier scenic viewpoint|
|Zoom, zoom, zoom!|
|Near Naches on SR 12|
|A view of the Yakima Canyon facing toward Selah|
|Near the end of the ride in the Yakima Canyon|
|Another biking photo!|
|Day eight was the kind of day that started out tough but ended up being rewarding. I started out in the coastal town of Raymond and started along an eastward highway toward the Chehalis area. As a whole the highway was characteristic of south-central Germany, like other parts of Washington as I've mentioned, with its rolling green hills with intermittent farmland. I then cut across the small towns of Napavine and Winlock to get to SR 12. From there the road followed the long valley toward the ascent to White Pass - I passed through the towns of Morton, Randle, and Packwood. There must have been a cycling event in the area as I saw larger number of cars with road bikes than in other areas. Unfortunately as I was climbing up White Pass I began to run out of sunlight and had to stop at the Mt. Rainier scenic outlook. As a whole this particular day turned out to be the longest day of the tour and also the longest ride I've ever done at 143 miles.|
|Cruising east toward Chehalis|
|I didn't get too excited about this - NOT|
|Climbing up to White Pass - in the dark!|
Saturday, September 10
Having finished in Neah Bay yesterday, I began in Forks this morning. I also picked the perfect weekend to be in Forks: apparently the author of the popular series based in Forks has a town holiday composed of scavenger hunts and other activities that happened to be the weekend I was there. Of course, I rubbed myself down with garlic shortly before arriving. The morning portion of the ride was absolutely amazing with the morning sun piercing through the morning mist of the Olympic National Forest. I was also rewarded with many views of coastal beaches and like yesterday, there was hardly a cloud in the sky! I made it down to Aberdeen earlier than expected and so I continued on the route to the old logging town of Raymond. Only two more days!
|Near Ruby Beach at the Olympic National Forest|
|SR 101 in the morning|
|I made some friends in Raymond who agreed to give me a lift|
Day Six covered the entire northern border of the Olympic Peninsula following mostly SR 112 and 101 from Port Townsend to Neah Bay. Although I initially planned to head south to Forks on SR 113, I was having such a good time cycling on SR 112 that I decided to go out to Neah Bay at the most northwestern point of the continental United States. At first the route to Port Angeles had a ton of traffic (even for a Thursday!) but I was relatively secluded on SR 112. In terms of scenery, the Strait of Juan de Fuca Scenic Byway is one of the best with rolling hills that periodically descend next to coastal tidal zones. I couldn't have lucked out more in terms of weather - I only saw about three (small) clouds the entire day! To end the day, my dad and I hiked the Cape Flattery Trail that ends in amazing views of Tatoosh Island, sea caves, and the Pacific Ocean. Unfortunately when I pulled out my camera it was out of juice!
|Near the docks in Port Angeles|
|Zipping through on SR 112|
|The Strait of Juan de Fuca!|