A second triplog of our ride to Bainbridge / Poulsbo; see Lauren and Greg’s original here: http://pastrypowered.com/?p=27.
As the final training ride before STP, Lauren, Greg, Paul, and I decided to do a quick ride around Bainbridge Island. In truth, and in large part due to laziness on my part, I just put forth the Chilly Hilly route of 33 miles with travel to / from the ferry from UZ and called it good.
We got off a bit late (my fault; forgot the cue sheets and had turned around to get them before Lauren called and said she has a map), and then booked it down to the ferry. We made it with seconds (literally) to spare. Chances are if we were a week later, we’d have missed the ferry as they’re planning on stopping boarding 2 minutes before posted sailing time to ensure on-time departures (boo!). The day was gorgeous though; here’s a quick picture of Mt. Baker from the ferry (yes, it’s there, I’m just not a master with the camera phone camera!)
and here’s where they keep those other ferries!
We put on some sunscreen and stretched out…
and it was off we go!
After a few miles, Lauren’s back rack came off and slammed into her tire. At this point, we thought there’d be a bike shop in Poulsbo, so we decided to head up there. We also ran into Brent from Wisconsin who had sold his business and was in the process of biking from Seattle back to Wisconsin. He tagged along with us to Poulsbo, where it turns out there wasn’t a bike shop. But there was a nice bakery — Liberty Bay Bakery & Cafe:
We headed back to Bainbridge, and Lauren then headed to town while Greg, Paul, and I did the rest of the route. We tried to meet up at the cider stop (although we were about 5 months late for cider), but Lauren got a flat so she just headed to the ferry. Greg, Paul, and I then did the southern part of the route, and about mid-way through Greg picked up some glass through his big knobby 26″ tires… d’oh! Paul, wanting to get back, took off for the ferry. Greg and I headed out without too much of a delay… and were zipping down to the ferry past the gates when we heard HOOOOOOOOOONNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNNKKKKKKKKK! D’oh! The ferry was leaving. And suddenly, there was Paul, who had apparently missed a turn somewhere and was behind us. Oh well!
We turned around, and I picked up some Grapefruit Juice and a yummy tea biscuit at Blackbird Cafe in Bainbridge… yum yum good. We then took the 2:55 ferry and headed home. The day was still gorgeous… here’s a final pic of a sailboat we passed on the way home: