Day 5: Orcas Island

21 September 2011

I ate breakfast at the hotel. I took my time (since the ferry didn't depart until 10:25 AM), then rolled down to the ferry terminal.

From Anacortes ferry terminal

Bicyclists are the first ones allowed on and off the ferry! It was the closest thing to VIP treatment I expect to receive for the foreseeable future.


After disembarking at Orcas Island, I rode to the top of Mt. Constitution under haze and occasional light rain. Traffic was light.

Road to Mt. Constitution

Despite the clouds, the view from the top of the neighboring islands was stunning. At 2,400 ft elevation, this would be the highest point of this tour.

View from Mt. Constitution

On the way back, while passing through Eastsound and looking for lunch, I encountered a couple of cycle tourists. We all stopped to eat at a BBQ place. I learned that they were just finishing up a tour of the Washington parks.

Brisket and jalapeƱo cornbread and fries! There is a god and he loves us.

Lunch at Fire Smokehouse in Eastsound

There were these crazy metal whirligigs by the side of the road.

A still photo is rather inadequate here

I bought dinner at a grocery store on the island and ate it back at the hotel.

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