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.
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.
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
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