Fishing Pier at Port Townsend WA.

U.S. 360 Tour V – Day 67 from Bremerton WA to Port Townsend WA (Persevering Puget Sound)

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.

The sign was correct as I passed over the blustery Hood Canal Bridge.
The sign was correct as I passed over the blustery Hood Canal Bridge.
Hood Canal Bridge was just drawing shut as a barge passed through.
Hood Canal Bridge was just drawing shut as a barge passed through.
Selfie with the Hood Canal floating bridge in the background.
Selfie with the Hood Canal floating bridge in the background.
Immersed in green near Port Ludlow WA.
Immersed in green near Port Ludlow WA.
Resting in Paradise (Bay) WA.
Resting in Paradise (Bay) WA.
A well-deserved rest between rainshowers near Port Hadlock WA.
A well-deserved rest between rainshowers near Port Hadlock WA.
Reflecting on today's difficult ride near Puget Sound at Port Townsend WA.
Reflecting on today’s difficult ride near Puget Sound at Port Townsend WA.
Fishing Pier at Port Townsend WA.
Fishing Pier at Port Townsend WA.
My “dot” in the midst of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.
My “dot” in the midst of the Strait of Juan de Fuca.

3 thoughts on “U.S. 360 Tour V – Day 67 from Bremerton WA to Port Townsend WA (Persevering Puget Sound)”

  1. Hi, you went bye my town today. Being picky the Hood Canal Bridge is the longest Floating bridge on a tidal basin. There are a few longer floating bridges on lakes around the world. The Shoulder on the Bridge new, (about 3 years now) people used to ride across it before with none.
    I was always afraid to.
    I road my Surly LHT over the bridge the first morning it opened with the shoulders, it was not windy.
    As a kid (feb. 1979) I got to see parts of the bridge floating away after
    a big wind storm broke it apart, it took 3 years to rebuild.
    I now live close to (about 1/4 mile) from the canal) about 4 miles south of the bridge.
    I road my LHT to work today in Bremerton, not too far from the campground you stayed at. I’m a nice weather commuter.
    If you are going over to Port Angeles and want a challenge and a great view (on a good day), Ride up Hurricane Ridge 18 miles from town, but 4000′ up. It is my favorite ride.
    I’ve been reading your fb. posts.
    Have fun in the Northwest, most of the time it is raining.
    Bye, Scott..

      1. You may also find interesting, I told my LBS about my crossing the Bridge the first day it opened with the new wider shoulders. They told me it actually opened early, the night before. The bike shop employees road across it with our local state rep. (At night)
        That Rep is now the Governor of the State. Think if every state had a Governor that is a avid bike rider!

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