Pacific Coast Bicycle Route – Day 4 -a Typical Irish Day

Overcast, cloudy, gray skies, and a few drops of rain misted through the air as we left Oak Harbor this morning. The misty rain did not soak through as we cycled around Penn Cove towards Coupeville. Traveling along Madrona Way we commented on how much the area reminded us of our cycle trip along the southern peninsulas in Ireland. The cool breezes, the fresh air, the green fields, and the views of the water were vivid reminders of our Irish cycle trip.

We arrived at the ferry terminal near Fort Casey State Park in time to catch the 11:45 ferry to Port Townsend. While we waited, a couple came up to us and said they had seen us the day before as we traveled across the Deception Pass bridge and commented that we were making “good time” – even though we took time to “stop and smell the…” lilacs!

Taking time to stop and smell the... lilacs
Taking time to stop and smell the… lilacs
Reminding us of the southern peninsulas of Ireland
Reminding us of the southern peninsulas of Ireland

Continuing on through Port Townsend, we took to the Larry Scott Bike Trail which bypassed a steep climb and gave us views of  Port Townsend Bay and the Port Townsend Paper plant.

The Larry Scott Bike Trail along Port Townsend Bay, beautiful orange poppies
The Larry Scott Bike Trail along Port Townsend Bay, beautiful orange poppies

As we left Port Townsend, we  passed a unique bicycle shop/art gallery.

Williams Bicycle Shop/Art Gallery
Williams Bicycle Shop/Art Gallery

We continued towards Port Hadlock and as it started to rain, checked out the Hadlock Motel, right next to the Joy Luck restaurant. Since it was only slightly raining (think Irish rain) and the motel was not my “cup of tea”, we continued on another few miles(17), crossing another bridge over the Hood Canal (yes, another bridge)

Hood Canal bridge
Hood Canal bridge

to Poulsbo, an interesting town of Norwegian background. With 55 miles total today, we are thinking of taking a break tomorrow, especially with a weather forecast of heavier rain. Might check out the Sluys Poulsbo bakery, the original bakers of Ezekiel bread!