Chicago IL to Anacortes WA
| ||Yet another state line crossing |
- quite urban this time
- transitioning from Gary, Indiana
to South Chicago, Illinois
| ||Three cyclists arriving at the bikepath |
by Chicago's Lake Front Drive
Day 30: Tuesday, August 3.
To Hampton Inn - in vicinity of O'Hare International Airport; Another
long day through Gary IN and south of Chicago - urban riding to bikepath
along Lake Shore Drive in Chicago - then long trek through city to
airport - 6 hotels all sold out until receiving lodging at Hampton Inn
at 7:15 PM. 70 miles.
| ||In theory, cars share streets with bikes |
- but try biking trough Chicago
from the Lake Front to O'Hare International
for a bit of reality testing
| ||Chicago optometrist/cyclist Mirian |
taking pup Mimi for a ride
in "Doggone" carrier
Day 31: Wednesday, August 4.
Non-bike day - Catharine & Bob went into Chicago and up Sears Tower - I
went to laundrymat; we got bike boxes from United - and with Rob's
genius, got pedals off bikes and into boxes.
| ||Bike boxes & gear |
awaiting loading onto airport shuttle
| ||Inside shuttle, bike boxes |
occupy van's center aisle
- tolerated by cheerful van riders.
Day 32: Thursday, August 5.
Bike boxes, all our gear and ourselves transported to terminal by
motel shuttle - flew to Seattle; reassembled bikes in baggage claim area
and rode into downtown, using route directions I had downloaded from
web. Stayed in downtown motel - went to jazz club for dinner & live
music - wonderful change of pace all day. 14 miles.
| ||Bob assembling bikes by Oddsize Baggage |
in Sea-Tac Airport in Seattle
| ||Catharine on airport floor |
figuring out bike route
from airport to downtown Seattle
| ||The trio all assembled |
- photograph by friendly baggage handler
Day 33: Friday, August 6.
To REI in AM to refit, then biked to ferry (Princess Margueritte)
from Seattle to Victoria, Vancouver Island. Dense fog en route for
stretches, then open up to the beautiful Pacific Northwest for 5 hour
trip. Biked to Thetis Lake campground. 12 miles.
| ||Bob & Catharine securing bikes |
on Seattle-Victoria ferry
| ||The Seattle skyline from the ferry |
| ||Liz & Catharine windblown & happy on ferry |
| ||Terry and Gabor (aged 68 & 67) |
just finishing a bike tour on Vancouver Island.
A year & a half ago, she had a hip replacement
Day 34: Saturday, August 7.
Biked to Sidney, BC to catch noon ferry to Anacortes, WA - clear
weather so could follow our route with maps - saw two pods of Orca
whales, much to our delight. Took another ferry from Anacortes to Lopez
Island and spent wonderful evening with Eric, Elf, Robin & Molly Hall
Fay (Tom's son, daughter-in-law, grandchildren).
| ||Eric (Tom's son), his wife Elf, and daughter Molly, |
welcome us to their Lopez Island home
Day 35: Sunday, August 8.
Ferry back to Anacortes to pick up the Adventure Cycling's route
again - this time going from west to east (sent Sunday AM - so can't
report on day's activities yet).
| ||Getting ready to board Lopez Island ferry |
for Anacortes and the ride eastbound