Day 5 - Port Townsend to Olympic National Park

Trip Start Jun 26, 2010
Trip End Aug 15, 2010

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Wednesday, June 30, 2010

After leaving the supermarket in Port Townsend we headed for our campsite and within minutes the heavens opened full throttle! If you've never cycled in the rain then let me tell you, it's definately an experience to avoid! Your bike and it's cargo get heavier, as do your clothes which start to rub (especially horrible on the inner thighs!), it's harder to see and your brakes are softer, plus it's just plain miserable! We found the state park which would be our home for the night and had a mini panic as there was no sign for camping, ony horse riding and dog walking. We'd rung ahead to confirm we could stay but realised there was a 'fort Townsend state park' and an 'old fort Townsend state park', but which one we rang we weren't sure. In the true spirit of the trip we decided to wing it into the park in the hope we'd rung the right one, instead of heading back into town. Luckily our gamble paid off and we found our campsite! After a hurried pitch of our tents in the rain and a shower to warm up, we bedded down for the night. The next morning we woke to sunshine so spent the majority of the morning drying out. After a quick breakfast which I had to fight off a crow for (this was incredibly brave if I do say so myself seeing as not only am I terrified of birds, I swear the crow was the size of a bear). Onwards we cycled through the hills until we stopped at Quilcene, the town that homed the 1988 women's softball championship winning team and my are they proud of it! We had a nice lunch before cycling the 12 miles to camp. The start of which was a constant 5 mile hill, grrreaaaat. The view was spectacular though as we cycled through the Olympic National Park so miles and miles of trees at every view! My knee started to hurt as we got closer to camp so we opted for an earlier campsite called 'Seal Rock campsite'. As the name suggests there are rumoured to be seals living nearby as the camp is right on the beach. Off we went in search of the seals but alas the intrepid explorers returned disappointed. Antek however did have a dip in the ocean but as the water comes down from Alaska I opted out! This takes us up to now where I'm standing in the bathroom charging my iPod on the socket typing this out. We are going to stop in the next town for breakfast tomorrow so hopefully wifi will be found and you can read the next installment, bye for now!
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Granny on

I've worked out how to look at the map, so can see the HUGE mountains, well done doing 12 miles of that!! and more! Hope the knee does not prove a problem. Lots of love xxx

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