We barely made the noon checkout. Between trying to sleep in and lazing around, we were moving at a snail pace. We had intended to go out for breakfast but it turned into lunch instead.
We like the rules at the café
After lunch we headed north on US-101 towards Port Townsend 97 miles north. The weather was warmer than most of my trip, but cooler than the past couple days. I was a bit cold in my mesh riding gear, but again the heated coat came to my rescue.
While I enjoyed the twists and turns of the road, my wife was enjoying the view of the Hood Canal and all the flowers. We saw brief glimpses of the mountains far in the distance, and they remained that way throughout the day.
Random statue on the side of the road:
Lots of flowers blooming:
My wife couldn’t get enough of them. Taking photos with class – both pinky’s out! hehe.
They were very beautiful and we both enjoyed looking at the. This stuff is called Scottish Broom. It is an invasive species and is doing a good job taking over the countryside. The roads are covered with them.
Port Townsend is a small town of 7,000 people in the northeast corner of the Olympic Peninsula. It was out destination. Our new friend Max told me that in 1896 it had more residents than Seattle, but never took off. Many of the downtown’s old buildings didn’t have the top floors finished until recently. It is a charming little town with a very strong art community. There are lots of activities happening from music, art, and movie festivals. If you were retired, you MIGHT have enough time to do it all. We enjoyed our time in Port Townsend visiting family, and we hope to come back soon.
We saw a movie in their historic Rose Theater. It was called The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel. A British comedy about retiring in India. The director chose to film most of it with hidden cameras and cameras on vehicles to capture the chaos of colors and sound that is India. He did a great job. The acting was well done as well. We both enjoyed it.
We had a cute room with a great view of the harbor. We fell asleep listening to the waves.
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Video: Day 30 – To Port Townsend