4/22 Official Start – Pacific Coast Bike Route: Vancouver, BC to Ferndale, WA 54 miles/1,851 ft climbing

So we drove to Bellingham, rode 63 miles to Vancouver, enjoyed touring Vancouver for 2 days, and now we officially begin the Pacific Coast bike route! We reversed the route we took to get to Vancouver and though I bemoaned that the route was “junk miles” (unnecessary waste of energy due to boring or ugly scenery), it was not as bad as I remembered. We ride in on Wednesday afternoon and the street were crowed with cars. The morning we left was early Saturday morning and there were few cars of the road. Also we were able to enjoy the views of the mountains in the distance.

Views of the distant mountains
Logs floating down river
We discovered another route through an animal preserve
Tugs work the water ways pulling ships and quiding logs down the river

Friday was a beautiful day in Vancouver and many people came out to enjoy the weather. Seats in outdoor restaurants were full and many people wandered around I. Short sleeved shirts. It was a one day event as Saturday brought more rain. We got off to an 8:00 am start and nearly made it to the border crossing 30 miles away before the rain began. We quickly switched to our rain gear which makes us look like geeks. At least we are dry!

Helmet cover, dish washing gloves, and rain pants
I look as equally fashionable as Erika
We made it as far as Ferndale, WA due to the rain. Tonight we are staying at our first Warm Showers. WS is an organization of hosts who welcome in cyclists on tour. They may offer a bed, a yard to set up a tent, food, shower, or a lift if someone runs into mechanical problems. Our hosts Roy and Samantha welcomed us to set up our tent I their yard. Due to the rain we moved into their living room. We enjoyed a hot shower and were offered food and use of their washing machine. Hosts offer this for free! I feel privileged to stay here and look forward to return the favor to host other cyclists.

Roy and Tammy’s Warm house with three kitties

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