Day 5, Deception Pass to Port Townsend

After 10:00pm things settled down from the Navy jet station at a naval base right next to us . . .

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and they were flying low , as you can see from this photo from our campsite!!!!

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A good nights sleep and my new usual breakfast . . . oatmeal and fresh fruit. Good way to start the day!!

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Oliver covers up his Brompton bike every night in it’s own wrapper . . .

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The bikes are made for commuting. Many sailors use them to explore local towns when they sail into a harbor. I have never seen one  used on a  long road trip!!!

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One thing we learned to look for when entering one of the Washington State Parks is how they run the pay shower system. Some showers use quarters, some use tokens . . . and it’s best to get the correct currency BEFORE you enter the park. Sometimes it’s a along way back to the entrance!!!

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Exiting the park and heading south, we passed this house with a sod roof!!! As you can see it hadn’t been watered for a while . . . the rain must just run off it, carrying along the soil!!

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Lots of veggies produced in the area we biked through today. This proud mother has LOTS of prodigy to take care of!!!!

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We also saw our first oyster farming operation . . .

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We were on a popular riding route, as you can see from the four color route markings from previous rides . . .

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Soon we biked by the Navy base, the source of all the aerial commotion last night . . .

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. . . BIG fence surround the base. No patrol dogs at this one.

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Today we needed to ferry from  Coupeville to Port Townsend, crossing Puget Sound. We all got the Senior rate!!!

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Bikers are the first ones on the ferry!!!!

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We met a mountain biker from Dallas, who was also crossing over while vacationing in the Washington state area.

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First on . . . and first off, AND it was still raining!!!!

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Soon we were in Coupeville, a cutesy little seaside town . . .

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. . . where if the population changes by a single digit, you can see they change the sign!!!

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Local art in Coupeville, in both human . . .

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. . . and animal form!!!

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Hey there’s Gina’s friend, Debbie having a chat with Pam!!!

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Downtown Coupeville . . . cutesy,

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But they had a great bakery and with the rain pouring down, it was a no brainer . . . in we all went!!

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Oh yeah . . . with a strong cup of hot coffee, we were all VERY HAPPY!!!!

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. . . and with the rain still falling, nobody was in a hurry to leave.

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. . . but Connie was outside waiting to run, so away we went.

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Gina said goodbye to Debbie, who had traveled with us for four days and was now heading back to Seattle. Gina has yet to camp!!!

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Denise was having back problems and our local physician/pharmacist, Liz, dispensed some appropriate drugs!!!

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Before we arrived at our home for the night, Ft Worton State Park, Jenny had a flat on her Surly Orge, which has a horizontal dropout. It is a VERY difficult operation to repair a flat out on the road, and in the rain!! We hauled her bike the final mile into Ft Worton.

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Rain has been an issue in this area for years. Here is shot of a tourist waiting for a farmer to come with his team to pull him out!!!

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As we biked along the coast there was some interesting architecture, including this house that was tsunami proof. Storm urge just flows right through the middle of the basement!!!

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Lots of hills on the route, up and down along the coast. Here was a big climb. Climbs are always hard to show in a photo . . .

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. . . but the Garmin shows a pretty good representation of the climb!! The dot on the slope was our current location.

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At Fort Worton,  although the rain was supposed to stop at 4:00pm, most folks decided to seek indoor housing that was available to rent. Some of us decided to take a chance on the rain stopping at 4:00pm and camped out.  Seeking shelter from the storm . . .

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. . . and the temp, which had been dropping during the day, was now 52 degrees. Time to start up the stove for some hot chocolate . . .

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. . . and to keep our hands warm!!!

Mike and I were cooking tonight and decided to make vegetarian and chicken versions of curry over rice . . .

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. . . Ryan was so excited about the whole thing, he pitched in to help make the sauce . . .

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Mike had bought a bottle of wine and  here is Gina ‘measuring it out’ so everyone got a sample. Several didn’t want vino so there was plenty for those who wanted more.

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. . . after a hard night in the kitchen, both Mike and I did imbibe!!!

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Pam and Oliver ready to eat!!!

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The final presentation . . .

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Chocolate cream cake for dessert!!!

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And of course, the evening was closed with a map meeting. By the time those of us who were camping got back to camp, the rain had been stopped for several hours, there was a gentle breeze blowing and everything had dried. We all fell asleep in our tents to sound of ocean waves crashing on shore!!!

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