22 September 2011
I left Anacortes under very light rain (it would not be bothersome for the entire day, fortunately). About 20 minutes into the ride, I doubled back when I realized I had forgotten to return my room key.
Highway 20 is the major road in the direction I was headed, but the recommended routes try to avoid it as much as possible. I crossed the Deception Pass bridge to enter Whidbey Island, rode past the Whidbey Island Naval Air Station, and followed W Beach Rd, which (unsurprisingly) runs along the western edge of the island.
I hurried to Coupeville because I didn't know what the ferry schedule was. I caught a ferry, then ate lunch at a Subway in Port Townsend. I followed a trail along the water for a bit until it returned to the highway. The trail runs past a large paper mill, which filled the air which this very sweet smell.
After a stretch of riding with an annoyingly large number of cars, I crossed the Hood Canal and headed towards Poulsbo.
Poulsbo was more of a city than I would have liked to stay in, but it was the right place to stop for the day. I ate dinner at a Mexican restaurant across the street. A plate of pork fat, I mean, carnitas, always hits the spot after a day of riding.
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