I left for Seattle via a ferry from Anacortes at 6 am. By the time I was off the ferry and on the bike in earnest it was maybe about 8 am. This leg of the trip was going to be long so I wanted to get as early a start as possible. The ride started out on a bike route through some industrial areas and then disappeared at a rather long and high bridge with freeway traffic speeding along. Confused I biked to a nearby casino and asked for directions and bought a map. Turns out there is a protected bike lane on the freeway bridge. No big deal. From the bridge you could see a turnstile railway bridge over the river. Pretty cool. After the bridge the bike path ended again, and picked up on the other side of the highway. Thanks Washington DOT. So after playing a game of Frogger across 6 lanes of +55 mph traffic I was on my way. The scenery turned into a much more pleasant country road with a decent shoulder and nice views.
Once I got to Seattle I was put up by the lovely Jessie and Nick and ALL their pets.
Queue the mass amounts of pictures of me with children. The two girls are Tieler and Ainsley and they are the daughters of my good friends Scott and Emily. Emily is one of my closest friends I love the to of them and their girls very dearly. When they moved to Portland I actually contemplated moving as well to be able to stay in touch easier. This is also where my gluttony began. Portland has by far the best food options for conscientious eaters out of the major cities I've visited. Granted I wasn't looking too hard in Vancouver because I wasn't eating out as much, but still... A small list of food items consumed in Portland include cheesecake, chicken fried steak and gravy, apple pie, Mexican food, Thai food, pastries, and Chinese. And yet, I still felt ravenously hungry most of the time.
Today I head South to Pacific City to stay with an old friend from college Mary and her husband. I haven't seen them for quite some time so it will be nice to catch up. The weather isn't looking too friendly, but I suppose that is what I get for taking my time and hanging out with friends. I will have to say though that it was worth it. Its been really nice meeting folks and catching up with old friends. I really love Portland and can definitely see myself moving back here in the future.
I'll close with a picture of my newly rediscovered and awesome extended family. That is Mark, me, Anne, and Zach in the living room of their house on Lopez. Mark and Zach actually did the remodel for the house themselves.