Day 1: Seattle to Centralia, WA (cont.)

What started off as an overcast day, finally became sunny, around 4pm. And as the clouds cleared, we had a clear view of Mt. Rainier. Stunning. Also at this time, we had a slight tailwind (yes!) to help us get through the next 20 miles to our destination.

During the day, we met out first bike touring buddies (the first of many I hope!). Unfortunately, we didn’t catch their names, but they are from Holland and are two days away from finishing their trip, which started on May 20 in Virginia. They followed the Trans-Am route and were heading north for Seattle. They raved about the beauty of rural America and the Tetons, but wished that Yellowstone limited the number of cars in the park. And they highly recommended that we use http://www.warmshowers.org during our travels. For those who do not know about this site, it’s a place where people open their homes to traveling hikers and bikers. I’ve never used it, but it may be handy one day!

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All-in-all a very successful day that ended with a hot shower at camp, clear weather and a good night’s sleep…or so we thought…

Day 1: Seattle to Shelton, pre-lunch

Wake up call this morning was at 4:30am (!!!), since we were taking the Seattle-Brementon ferry at 6am. We truly hit the road at 7:10am in Brementon, heading south.

Currently, we’re in Shelton, WA, about 40 miles southwest-ish of Seattle. It could have been 56 miles if it weren’t for Mr. Rick Allen, who saved us from a map reading error (I take full responsibility), re-routed us and got us back on track with minimal damage (only one mile more than our intended route).

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It’s been a chilly morning with an average temperature around 60 degrees and overcast. We’ve only had one hill in Union, WA that left us slightly panting but it is the first day, so we’re not quite in ‘touring’ shape. Now en route to Centralia–65 miles away!

P.s. We’ve added a photo gallery (linked to our Flickr account) to the right sidebar (for mobile users, this feature is found at the bottom of the page). We’ll be adding pictures there throughout the trip, so be sure to check them out!

Our Route

ACA Pacific Coast MapACA Pacific Coast Route Overview

Adventure Cycling Association (ACA) is an amazing non-profit organization that has mapped out bike-friendly routes across our great nation. We used their maps for our 2001 and 2006 trek across America (Anacortes, WA to Madison, CT), so it was a no-brainer that we would use their product again for this Pacific Coast Tour. They also have an active twitter handle (https://twitter.com/acaroutes) and you can follow other people who are traveling the same route via #acapacoast