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After a restful night's sleep, we got on the bikes and headed north. Today we had a purpose to our ride. Jack has never been on the Olympic Peninsula so I have been telling him about several places was familiar with. Even though I come to Port Angeles at least once a year to ferry across to Vancouver Island, I have only ridden the west side of the island with the infamous John Hermann and Don Picker after the BMW National Rally in Spokane a few years back.
We rode up to the Hurricane Gulch, stopped at the Hoh rain forest. We also stopped and at a resort right outside the National Park. Remembering all the good memories, I decided to show Jack those places.
Twenty miles after leaving Sea Side we crossed the Astoria bridge. It is one of my favorite bridges. It crosses the Columbia river between Oregon and Washington states. Today winds were calm so we did not have to worry about loosing our balance on top of the bridge. Last year when I crossed it, wind strength somewhat worried me. Sky was covered with clouds but we did not anticipate rain. Stopped in a little town called Sea View and had a fantastic breakfast at a little road side diner caller Sea Breeze. Both Jack's and my breakfasts were huge. We ate enough food to last us the whole day. Also met couple of local folks who told us all about the area and fishing. Great time with the local people. After saying good byes we left and kept on riding and enjoying the fantastic views we were offered by the Olympic Peninsula.
Only one thing bothers me. The clear cutting of the forests. What they leave behind is terrible scars. I realize they plant new trees but it will take forever for them to grow. In the mean time it looks terrible.
As we reached further north, we rode along the beaches till we turned east and headed towards the rain forest. the rain forest it twelve mile south of highway 101. After reaching the park we looked around and took some photos and proceeded to head back to the highway. We were getting low on fuel so we cut our speeds down and made it to Forks where we found plenty of gas. Next stop was Port Angeles, where we had a dinner date with some of Jack's cousins. Made it to the hotel with enough time to clean up and meet his relatives at a restaurant nearby. Lots of fun and good food made the day complete.
There is rain forecast for tomorrow. We are talking about going to Hurricane Gulch. Straight up 6000+ feet up the mountain where I anticipate wind, rain and snow. We will have to decide on that tomorrow.