Vancouver - Deception
Pass State Park
Wednesday, September 7, 2005
72.33 @ 16.0 = 4:30'49, max: 33.4, trip total: 72.3
Sunny, 49° - 78°
banana, chocolate mini donuts, king size snickers, potato skins,
red dog 18oz, peanut butter and jelly sandwich, lasagna
Deception Pass State Park, $2.25 p/p
Wake up at 6am. Get packed up, and ready to ride. I was up early,
beat the alarm by about 10 minutes even though I had little sleep.
The excitement was ON and there were plenty of first day things
to iron out. So I got ready and was out the door at 6:30 to pack
up the van. Camping equipment in the "car top carriers" -
two bike boxes, food on the passenger side (for easy access during
side stops), tools on the left side, duffel bags (not used during
the day) in the back, and backpacks in the center seat (to use
throughout the day). First aid kit, power converter, cooler, spare
tire, and a few other odds and ends. Now the wait.
Well, the wait was quick- everyone was on the ball and we were off
by 7:30 or so. It was cool and sunny- perfect riding weather. And
even though it was 49° when I woke up it must have been at least
55° when we started riding.
So we head out for the US border only a short distance away. Wheels
rolling smoothly- easing into the adventure. No rush.
get to the border and get the required questioning- and if you were
wondering - yes, you should always have at least a birth certificate
with you - a passport is best and a drivers license means nothing
because anyone can get one of those even if they're an illegal.
Luckily Ian and Jason both got through without too much of a hassle
though all they had was a license.
The terrain was mostly flat to slightly rolling. Nice easy warm
up with a good deal of cross winds. But it was amazing- looking out
and seeing huge snow capped mountains across lush green meadows with
a crisp sky- and being able to suck in that fresh air. I think I
kept repeating myself out loud, "this is awesome" - and
it really was.
Because of the driving schedule Tim and I headed off to the end
of the route so we could get picked up and drive the last section
again. Hard to explain but a few of us were able to ride the whole
route by shuttling back and forth the last 25 miles or so. In any
we were off making good time. The day only got better. The terrain
had some good size hills along the coast, all of which made it more
entertaining. The views were hard to capture since many of them were
splinters through the trees and vistas as we were on long descents
(and who wants to stop then!).
Chuckanut Road was the best section of the day- a tree lined coastal
road winding in and out and up and down. It was smooth riding with
gentle slopes and crisp views. You would look out over the sound
and see mountains in the distance on islands as you rode through
tunnels of trees to the next clearing.
I tried to keep watch of what I ate and what I drank. Not much on
either account and I knew it would be easy to forget on such a nice
day without any heat to worry about. So I made sure I got some donuts
to balance out my diet. Ah, the "on-the-road" diet was
in full effect. Besides dinner it was all just one big mess. That
included a nice tall beer with about 15 miles to ride. This was vacation
after all. Plus I needed to fill up one of my water bottles anyway.
We get into camp to scout out the best site- drive the whole darn
camp but decide on a large site near the showers (50¢ per 3 minutes-
sold by tokens). It's a nice spot.
Then we headed out to dinner - I was starving and a huge lasagna
plate was all I could think of. It was probably just as good as the
riding although I'm not sure.
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