Latest update on my purpose-driven cycling journey around the American perimeter.
52 miles – Total so far: 3,513 miles
Today was tough and beautiful, and tough.
First, the beautiful. As I left Bremerton WA, I was greeted to the West by a glorious view of the snow-capped peaks of the Olympic Mountain range, home of the famous Mount Olympus. Throughout the day, the landscape transformed from alpine regions to forests to captivating Puget Sound coastline. Landscape diversity was the order of the day, and it was superb.
Now the tough part. Don’t be fooled by the lack of mountains directly on today’s route. The reality is that the entire ride from Bremerton to Port Townsend WA seemed like one contiguous hill. The non-stop hills, together with the non-stop rain and non-stop wind made the ride a non-stop challenge. The going was slow, and there were points during the journey where the suffering almost outweighed the beauty. Almost. Fortunately, when those feelings began to take root, they were short-lived. While undoubtedly a great ride, more than any ride on this tour I felt like I overcame a lot of stuff.
Of special note today was the tense crossing of the Hood Canal Bridge. At 7869 feet long, this ominous structure is the longest floating draw-bridge in the world. Ironically, I arrived just as the bridge was being split apart to allow a large barge to navigate passage. I was privileged to be able to ride past hundreds of cars and trucks waiting on the bridge to reassemble itself, pulling right up to the large crevasse created by this engineering marvel. I felt very small on this very massive structure. After a difficult day, I’m fortunate to be going to sleep tonight in a warm room with a 180 degree view of Puget Sound, wondering if I’ll be able to enter dreamland, as a group of sea lions has decided conduct a debate just outside of my balcony.
Today I learned the meaning of the word perseverance, and I didn’t even need a dictionary.
It’s All Good.