Whidbey Island looking over the Strait of Juan de Fuca with snow-capped Olympic Mountain range in the distance.

U.S. 360 Tour V – Day 68 from Port Townsend WA to Anacortes WA (Whidbey Island and the Sound of Freedom)

Latest update on my purpose-driven cycling journey around the American perimeter.

47 miles – Total so far: 3,560 miles

Without question, today was one of top five days spent cycling on the entire Pacific Coast. And to make it even better, it was somewhat unexpected. The morning started out with a 6:30am sharp ferry ride across the Strait of Juan De Fuca from Port Townsend to Whidbey Island. Upon arrival to Whidbey Island, I was uncharacteristically treated with sunshine and very little wind. The route took me across beautiful green pastures and foothills, populated primarily with cows and sheep.

Passed through the quaint, cute town of Coupeville WA, and then down to the coastline along the coastal waters of the Strait of Juan De Fuca. The scenes along the coastline were absolutely breathtaking. Across the beautiful waters you could see the San Juan Isles, and in the distance the towering peaks of the Olympic Mountain range. Wildlife was a slice of Alice in Wonderland. Herds of deer literally strolled down the quiet roads right in front of me, without a care in the world. Cottontail rabbits, geese, and cranes were everywhere. There was even an improbable “Otter Crossing” road sign, but no otters were brave enough to pose for a picture as I cycled by.

Passing through the North side of the island near Oak Harbor, I was serenaded by a number of U.S. Navy F-18 Growlers taking off for training runs out of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. One of the F-18 pilots at Whidbey NAS, and a fine American, is the son of a dear friend back in Austin, so this scene carried special significance for me. As my retired USAF father-in-law is accustomed to saying, the roar of the engines “sounds like freedom”. The entire scene made me proud to be an American, and yes, it sounded like freedom.

As I left the island, I passed over the incredible Deception Pass Bridge, considered a scenic wonder of the Pacific Northwest, linking Whidbey Island to Anacortes WA, leaving me with one lasting glorious impression of this special place. I finished off today’s ride at Bay View State Park north of Anacortes, a beautiful pine tree-laden park overlooking Padilla Bay and Anacortes.

Today I learned that heaven exists in many places, and one of those places is right here on Whidbey Island. God Bless America.

It’s All Good.

Surly Pearl getting anxious about her ferry ride from Port Townsend WA to Whidbey Island.
Surly Pearl getting anxious about her ferry ride from Port Townsend WA to Whidbey Island.
Surly Pearl on the bow of the ferry from Port Townsend WA to Whidbey Island.
Surly Pearl on the bow of the ferry from Port Townsend WA to Whidbey Island.
Port Townsend WA in my rear view mirror.
Port Townsend WA in my rear view mirror.
Kennewick Ferry out of Port Townsend WA.
Kennewick Ferry out of Port Townsend WA.
Ferry ride from Port Townsend WA to Whidbey Island.
Ferry ride from Port Townsend WA to Whidbey Island.
Whidbey Island vista.
Whidbey Island vista.
Whidbey Island vista.
Whidbey Island vista.
Fields of green on Whidbey Island.
Fields of green on Whidbey Island.
Whidbey Island silhouette.
Whidbey Island silhouette.
Whidbey Island looking over the Strait of Juan de Fuca with snow-capped Olympic Mountain range in the distance.
Whidbey Island looking over the Strait of Juan de Fuca with snow-capped Olympic Mountain range in the distance.
Improbable Otter Crossing on Whidbey Island.
Improbable Otter Crossing on Whidbey Island.
Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.
Whidbey Island Naval Air Station.
Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Strait of Juan de Fuca.
Brian overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca
Brian overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca
Brian overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca
Brian overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca
Surly Pearl and the Deception Pass Bridge linking Whidbey Island.
Surly Pearl and the Deception Pass Bridge linking Whidbey Island.
Brian and the Deception Pass Bridge linking Whidbey Island.
Brian and the Deception Pass Bridge linking Whidbey Island.
Camp for the night at Bay View State Park near Anacortes WA
Camp for the night at Bay View State Park near Anacortes WA
Camp for the night at Bay View State Park near Anacortes WA
Camp for the night at Bay View State Park near Anacortes WA

9 thoughts on “U.S. 360 Tour V – Day 68 from Port Townsend WA to Anacortes WA (Whidbey Island and the Sound of Freedom)”

    1. You are absolutely right, Debbie. It is an amazing area, and a ride that would be routine for me if I resided in that area! Thanks for reading!
      Brian

  1. brought back memories of last years ride from Bellingham down and around the Olympic Peninsula. If you go through Edison tomorrow be sure to stop at the Bread Farm, but I am sure you might have that info tagged already

  2. Thanks for the shout out Brian! Although my scheduling guys had me flying that day it was great to connect with you over the phone. Your way with words do the Pacific North-West great justice…this beautiful part of the country, I’m sure, is greatly enhanced while cycling with the bare essentials! Stay safe through the rest of your adventure and I look forward to reading your next blog entry.

    Ben

    1. Ben – It was such a pleasure chatting with you during my run through your region. Stay in touch, and many thanks for your service to our country.

  3. Hey Brian. Your great descriptions continue to enhance your equally great photos of our incredible country. Am enjoying your trip along with you. I have now uttered “really gotta go there” for the 100th time since you left. Stay safe! Ben F. in NC, your 2nd Ben in two days!

    1. Ben F. – so nice to hear from you, my friend! Thanks for riding along with me, and prepare for my arrival to the South Atlantic states in hopefully the not-too-distant future!

      1. Yeah well I didn’t want to “hustle” you but since you brought it up, heck yeah, am really looking forward to that part of your trip. You will be most welcome in Tar Heel country my friend! Meanwhile, stay safe and keep providing my my vicarious travel pleasures! 🙂

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