Monday, April 28, 2014

Day 1 of PCH 2014 with POPS Ride!

What an exciting day it was as we said goodbye to our new friends in Vancouver, and after a great breakfast we rode our bikes from their house a short distance to Flight Path Park near the Vancouver Airport where we met up with Tom and Phillip Casey. Tom is who I met this last summer when he was riding with the Friends of Phinney going cross country on their ride. Phillip is his nephew and the son of Michael Casey who was the SAG driver that was with them when I was riding with them on my 100 mile day and over Wolf Creek Pass. So happy to have Tom and Phillip with us. Tom is one of those guys who you feel safe with at all times and he has a heart of gold. Phillip has the same genuine kind heart and neat personality. We had a great ride!

We left Vancouver and it seemed forever to get to the border. We had to take many different turns and different roads. One of them took us to the path that let us up and over the Alex Frazier Bridge. It was very high and very cool. POP's aka Jerry Stutzman led the way. After we got over it I decided that we should rename it the Jerry Stutzman Bridge. He did great! Thanks POP'S!

Another highlight was we turned a corner that Jerry Hogg, who was one of the SAG drivers, directed us to take, and in front of us was a very steep hill and hardly any opportunity to prepare for it. But take it we did!

We made it to and across the border around one pm. After the border the first town was Blaine.  We stopped and at pizza there.  It was good.

We then headed south through a meandering array of winding  roads, farms, greenery, etc. It was beautiful. The sunshine felt great. We had a lot of fun and I rode well. It felt good. We finally made it to Bellingham, which was our destination, but we had to ride another 10 miles or so to get to Lake Samish where we would be staying with Bud and Joyce, who are relatives to Mary Stutzman. Lake Samish is a beautiful lake where they have lake front property. What a great place to be with great people.  They fed us well. We sat in the hot tub. It was great. We should sleep well tonight!

70 miles!  A great day!

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