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Hurricane Ridge and the Olympic Peninsula

Tacoma Narrow bridge 260 miles later, much more windy this time across.Tacoma Narrow bridge 260 miles later, much more windy this time across.

Olympic Discovery Trail on my way to Port Angeles and the bottom of the Hurricane Ridge climb.Olympic Discovery Trail on my way to Port Angeles and the Hurricane Ridge climb.

We are up in Tacoma, Washington visiting family for Thanksgiving, so yesterday I rode from Tacoma up through the Kitsap Peninsula onto the Olympic Peninsula, attempted to climb Hurricane Ridge but only made it halfway before running into snow and ice on the roads, and then rode all the way back to Tacoma – a 260 mile adventure that started in the dry upper 20s degF at 1am and ended 20 hours later at 9pm with the last 8 hours riding in rainy mid 30s degF. I crossed the Tacoma Narrows bridge twice, but both times at night so I still haven’t seen it in the daytime. At 1am on my way out, everything was perfectly calm and very cold. On the way back in, it was quite windy pushing my bike sideways on the bridge and very wet.

In between the beginning and the end, I made all kinds of discoveries that matched and even exceeded my expectations for riding in the Pacific Northwest. It was quite dark riding across the Tacoma Narrows bridge, north through the Kitsap Peninsula, and crossing the Canal Bridge onto the Olympic Peninsula. The roads were almost entirely deserted until I made it to WA-3, WA-104, and US-101 where I started to pick up quite a bit of truck traffic presumably heading towards Port Townsend and Port Angeles.
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Back with an adventure

Frozen Niagra

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Frozen Niagra, Mammoth Cave, Kentucky

Now that I’ve wrapped up just about everything for Race Across America this year – except for the poster-sized topocreator maps I’m sending out to supporters – I’m going to switch back to this blog for updates on my cycling adventures. Yesterday’s 326.3 mile, three-state ride in Alabama, through Tennessee, and into Kentucky definitely qualifies as an adventure. The reason for this adventure was to meet Kristine and the kids on their way back from Northern Indiana, where they had been visiting family.

Topocreator.com county map showing the 5 counties in Alabama, 9 counties in Tennessee, and 2 counties in Kentucky for this ride.Topocreator.com county map showing the 5 counties in Alabama, 9 counties in Tennessee, and 2 counties in Kentucky for this ride. Click to enlarge and then click again or pinch zoom to see the details of the map.

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