It was gonna be hot! Anyplace inland was O-U-T-! But what about the coast? For instance, while I’d ridden ‘the loop’, I hadn’t explored the various backroads on the Olympic Peninsula… never been to Neah Bay… never been up Hurrricane Ridge… so there was a plan.
Having made a decision – Thursday – I put out a few last-minute feelers, but – unsurprisingly – most people already had plans. However, Miles (milosovichy) thought he could get someone to cover work for him Sunday, so a 5 am start was agreed upon.
Turns out it takes less time in the early morning to get to the Fort Casey ferry than I reckoned, but that left time for a fine breakfast sandwich across the street at the local café before the 8:40 sailing.
Whidby Island morning
Back in the lineup, we fell into conversation with Brett, a retired fireman from San Francisco on an R1150RT who was on his way back from touring the interior of BC. Miles was gonna have to turn back at Port Angeles (work coverage fell thru), but Brett got coupled into ‘seeing’ Hwy 112 out thru Pysht before continuing south. And a fine ride it was…
After which Brett turned south, and I continued west towards Neah Bay. And to the short walk out to Cape Flattery. Great road; excellent scenery…
Hwy 112 east of Neah Bay
First sideroad: to Ozette Lake. Some nice scenery, but only a middling ride.
The on down south to Forks (89 F at 5pm), whence west again to the coast.
There was no place to stay in Forks (perhaps a blessing?), so I rode the hour back to Port Angeles. Nice along Crescent Lake, but a drone otherwise… and finding a room was big problem, altho I finally stumbled into a cancellation and after a nice planked salmon dinner I slept well. Just over 700kms...