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Bridge, Nirvana, rainforest, National Park, ferry, Seattle.

This was a big day in the saddle – in fact, at 435 miles, it would turn out to be the 2nd longest distance ride of the trip.

Astoria to Aberdeen

Hoh Rain Forest, Olympic National Park.  Forks, WA.
Given the day’s packed agenda, I departed Cannery Pier Hotel at 6:30 AM, and made my way around the pier to traverse the Astoria-Megler Bridge, a steel girder continuous truss bridge – the longest in North America – that spans the Columbia River between Astoria, Oregon and Point Ellice near Megler, Washington. Construction began in 1962, and the bridge opened in 1966. It’s massive, it’s 4 miles long, it’s a heck of a lot of fun to cross. Make sure you check out the HD video of me doing so below.

I made my way in the driving rain to Aberdeen, Washington, the birthplace and childhood home of Kurt Cobain. There is an unofficial memorial to Cobain on the east end of the city. I stopped to take a few pictures, stepping into a muddy bog up to my right knee when I did so.

Hoh Rain Forest

The next destination was the Hoh Rain Forest, part of Olympic National Park and on the west side of the Olympic Peninsula. The Hoh is a temperate rainforest, and receives over 12 feet of rain each year. In addition, condensed mist/fog contributes 30 more inches of precipitation.

Hurricane Ridge

Hurricane Ridge, Olympic National Park.  Port Angeles, WA.
I made my way from the Hoh back to Highway 101. Passing through Lake Crescent and Port Angeles, I rode up Hurricane Ridge Road to the Hurricane Ridge Visitor Center. Weather permitting, the Road is open year-round. It twists and turns from sea level up to 5,242 feet. Spectacular views of Olympic National Park can be seen from the Visitor Center.

Ferry to Seattle

Downtown Seattle from the Bainbridge Island ferry.  Puget Sound, WA.
The next destination was the ferry terminal on Bainbridge Island. After parking the bike in the queue, I walked up to the road from Eagle Harbor and found a small pizza-by-the-slice joint.

Because I was on a motorcycle, I was first onto the ferry and moved to the very front. It was a great spot to absorb the view as we crossed Puget Sound. It was really cool to land in the downtown terminal, then hop onto the Interstate in downtown.

By this point, it was getting close to full darkness. I made my way across Lake Washington, into Kirkland, then to the Smiths’ house. Megan, Zach, Jamie and Rowan were outside waiting for me. It was so great to see the boys in particular, as I hadn’t seen them since they moved back to Seattle from the Twin Cities.

The boys had prepared a special surprise for me in my bedroom. For one of Row’s birthdays, I got him a big Batman pillow. Jamie had placed it on the bed and was very excited to see if I recognized it.

We stayed up for a while, talking over beers. I was pretty exhausted and retired for a very sound night’s sleep.

The Day : Weather

RainRainRainRain Location State High (F) Low (F) Precipitation (in) Max Wind (mph)
Astoria OR 60° 55° 0.24 26
Aberdeen WA 59° 53° 0.13 17
Forks WA 57° 49° 0.70 16
Port Angeles WA 60° 51° 0.08 24
Bainbridge Island WA 69° 55° 0.10 22
Kirkland WA 69° 55° 0.12 22

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The Day : GPS

Total Time 16:58:16
Moving Time 10:01:29
Distance 434.6 mi
Avg Speed 25.6 mph
Moving Speed 43.4 mph
Elevation Max 5,276 ft
Elevation Min 0 ft
Elevation Gain 33,318 ft
Elevation Loss 32,816 ft


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Safe travels to Bryan and Ed. The trip is about to kick into high gear in the next few days. #ANW2012
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Steady rain, 54F, great ride – love it. I am totally in my element. #ANW2012
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State no. 10? Washington. Today will be full of rain. Excited to see you, the Smith family! #ANW2012
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