Push to LaPush

It was hard to leave the Nolans for two reasons. First, their hospitality was amazing and kept going – they packed us sandwiches for the road. Second, because leaving their house meant cycling down 1400 feet on steep gravel. I procrastinated as long as I could, but the moment of truth came. I’m sure I used half of my brake pads in those terrifying few yards.

We cycled westward, a beautiful stretch along Lake Crescent, with a tiny hike to the Devil’s Punchbowl.

Kurt hammed it up for his birthday.

We discovered the Olympic Peninsula on the aptly named and marvelous Olympic Discovery Trail. Jeff Selby told me it was the dream of two guys who started the Church of the Rear Derailleur. I’m glad they did it and I’m grateful to people like Jeff Selby who are paying attention to the details to constantly improve it. Just north of Lake Crescent, there were 3-4 miles on a gravel logging road. At least it was not steep but we did have to negotiate with a logger. See the video clip in the Relive video.

Our cycling destination was Forks, about 15 miles from the Pacific coast and the town of LaPush. We were prepared to dash over there without showers to see sunset but Mary had the brilliant idea to find a place to eat in LaPush. That way we got showers AND saw sunset in LaPush.

Ride statistics

Start: Cloud 9 above Port Angeles

End: Forks WA (home of the conflict between the vampires and werewolves and the triangle of Bella, Jacob, and Edward in the Twilight series)

Distance: 71.9 miles

Elevation gain: 2484 feet

Cumulative distance: 401.8 miles

Relive video

© 2021 Lynnea C Salvo

2 thoughts on “Push to LaPush

  1. Some pretty remarkable light, Lynn.

    I’ll be busting on you at the book reading in Baltimore today and meeting your friend Becky Redett. You may be in the Olympics, but you and I will be in Moose Jaw.


  2. Envy. After riding to Ancortes from Mt Vernon VA in 2018, I rode the Pacific Coast Route to Astoria. I didn’t have time to do the Olympic Peninsula route that you are taking. It is FAR better. Best of luck the rest of the way.


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