Day 1

Beginning the Adventure

Posted by Conner McCormick on 2016-05-24
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Ride Date: 2016-05-21
Starting Location: Anacortes, WA
Ending Location: Marblemount, WA
Miles: 69
Lowest Elevation: 7
Highest Elevation: 489

I took off from Anacortes, WA for my first day of the trip. My route started at the ferry right by the water. Of course, although it was beautiful the day before I left for the trip, I spent my entire day riding in the rain (which wasn't as bad as I would have thought).

At the ferry in Anacortes just before beginning the trip.

After a couple of hours of riding, I stopped in at my grandparents' house in Burlington for lunch since their place was only a couple of blocks off of my route. I had a nice lunch and they sent me on my way with a few extra sandwiches for the road - thanks guys!

The rest of the day was fairly uneventful. I spent just about the entire day riding on highway 20 with the exception of about 7 miles that I spend riding on the cascade trail which is an alternate route to the 20. I realized that riding on the unpaved road was a whole lot more work on my legs, and that's when I decided to continue riding on highway 20 again. The Cascade Trail offered some pretty nice views though!

Cascade Trail

The rain made it a little bit easier to just keep on going. For some reason I had it in my mind that if I kept pedaling I might eventually get away from it - This was not the case. I didn't take many photos throughout the day because of the rain.

I ended up making it a little bit past Marblemount, where I set up camp near the river. Getting to this spot required me to take my bike through some thick woods which was a bit interesting. Setting up camp in the rain was no fun at all, but I was lucky enough to at least have a little bit of tree coverage above where I set up my tent.

My camp for the night

There are no words to describe how amazing it felt to jump into my sleeping bag at the end of the day. I had originally planned on cooking myself some food for the night, but found that I was pretty much glued to my sleeping bag once I was inside it. I ate some snacks and passed out not too long after.

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