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
Darby's look like a good food place to visit. I like the rules, too. How do you like the slower pace of your trip?ReplyDelete
feels almost the same as the rest. we get going much later in the morning than I would solo, but the rest feels the same.Delete
YES! When in doubt, pinky out! :lol:ReplyDelete
Pinky out, I like that!ReplyDelete
Now see, you should have taken the Ural...plenty of storage space!
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the ural has less than my bags on the sv if I have a passenger I'd have add some mounts or something.Delete
I'm not regretting my bike choice at all :) you take your fave bike on a long trip like this.
If you have a chance you should go to Cape Flattery, the northwestern most point of the contiguous United States.
There is a neat house to photograph
there are statues holding up the barn. You could also relax at the SolDuc Hot Springs. Voted one of the most romantic places in the Pacific North West.
One of my most favourite places is Rialto Beach. It is pristine virgin beach area, the last of its kind in North America where you can see the power of the Ocean. Near Forks, take Hwy110 towards LaPush. You won't regret it
I like the Pinkys too. I'll have to try it
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thanks for the suggestion Bob, but we'd already passed that spot by the time this post was written. maybe next trip.Delete
You've got the life.ReplyDelete
I dunno about that, but this has been a great trip so far.Delete
Heather's new hobby is photographing wildflowers she's not seen before and then identifying them. She can't get enough of the flowers either. I'll have to pay closer attention to see what she does with her pinkys.ReplyDelete
I enjoy the flowers too. So what does she do with her pinkies?Delete
Great pics there Chris.ReplyDelete
The picture of your wife taking the pic is so cute. She is taking pictures of California Poppies. They grow wild and spread like crazy. And they don't make you sneeze like Scotch Broom.
I agree with Sonja, that breakfast looks tasty and I too like the rules at Darby's. I think more restaurants need signs like that.
I thought it was cute as well.Delete
We asked the server at Darby's if the mean people actually leave. She said the mean people usually don't realize they are mean.
You really do seem to have a knack at finding very tasty looking dishes. And the unusual restaurants. Did you know about Darby's ahead of time or did you just run into it?ReplyDelete
"When in doubt, pinky out!"
I like that...
nope, we found Darby's after we found our place to sleep. We found our place to sleep while sitting in the park of the city using the GPS and our phones.Delete
Not much planning ahead of time if any other than a general route/direction
I spent a day and night in Port Townsend in 1993 when exposed rebar tore up my rear tire just off of the ferry. I tried repairing the tire, but couldn't get the patch and plug to stick to the Michelin radial. Ended up buying a new tire at a shop there the next morning. I think I blew about $400 in Port Townsend. I avoided the whole experience the next time I was in Washington. Pretty place, though.ReplyDelete
wow, sucks! We enjoyed our time there, and luckily didn't spend anywhere near that much money. The family connection there probably helped bring up the enjoyment factor too.Delete
I never made it that way in 2010 on my cross country tip, only went to Mt St. Helen, looks very nice, cool roads.ReplyDelete
hehe, we skipped Mt St. Helen. funny how we end up seeing different things.Delete