Pacific Coast Bicycle Route – Day 6/7 – Cue the Thunder

A leisurely day 6 was spent at the bookstore and taking in another movie while the rains came down in Silverdale, Washington. After reading a book review in the Seattle Times, we picked up a copy of “Before the Wind” by a local author, Jim Lynch. This is a story of a family with an outlaw brother, a magical sister, and a legacy of wind, water and sail. Yes, it’s about sailing the local bays and working on sailboats – one of Bill’s other passions. Within the first few pages, Bill was hooked with the mention of a Pearson 36 (like Bill’s) and a Catalina 27 (our second sailboat).

Natural, artistic mailbox decor leaving Silverdale
Natural, artistic mailbox decor leaving Silverdale
Bill's new book, Before the Wind by Jim Lynch
Bill’s new book, Before the Wind by Jim Lynch

With dry weather predicted for the next 8 days and our panniers repacked , we headed for Shelton, WA with Karen in many layers and Bill just one additional layer. After a long hill climb about 5.5 miles from our starting point, I was ready for a break and a “de-layer” (taking of one of my layers); however, this break turned into a delayer – trip delayed as Bill realized when he went to store my jacket that he had left his two yellow pannier bags back at the hotel. While he pedaled back to the hotel I stayed at the top of the hill, pulled out my book, sat on a rock and “used my time wisely”.

Sign Bill saw on his trip to pick up his pannier bags that were left behind.
Sign Bill saw on his trip to pick up his pannier bags that were left behind.

Our new theme is “No Bags Left Behind”. I keep telling Bill we need a checklist/flight plan. I thought it was a funny situation and Bill handled the situation very nicely.  An older fellow (70’ish) on a Harley stopped to check on me and told me there was a diner a little ways down the road.  When Bill rejoined me we stopped at the diner for a second breakfast of carrot cake and coffee. We were fueled for the rest of the ride, at least the next 20 miles as we stopped at a DQ for fries and a salad in Belfair.

DQ for lunch
DQ for lunch

As we cycled through parts of Bremerton, we passed by the Bremerton Naval Shipyard, referred to as the Puget Sound Naval Shipyard and Intermediate Maintenance Facility. Pictured below are the Independence and the Kitty Hawk, two deactivated carriers waiting to be scrapped.

Independence and Kitty Hawk, we think - our naval friends can correct us
Independence and Kitty Hawk, we think – our naval friends can correct us

Most of the day was in rural, forested and deforested land

Forested on one side, de-forested on the other
Forested on one side, de-forested on the other

with a few miles of checking out the canal-side second homes along the Hood Canal. Our day ended in Shelton, Washington on the Library Hill Trail – only about 100 yards but we had to walk our bikes down the trail.

It doesn't look that steep in the photo,but it was!
It doesn’t look that steep in the photo,but it was!
Walking the bike down Library Hill Trail
Walking the bike down Library Hill Trail