• Brian Rawson

Whidbey Island and the Sound of Freedom - U.S. 360 Day 68 from Port Townsend WA to Anacortes WA

My cycling journey around the American perimeter

47 miles – Total so far: 3560 miles

Without question, today was one of top five days spent cycling on the entire Pacific Coast. And to make it even better, it was somewhat unexpected. The morning started out with a 6:30am sharp ferry ride across the Strait of Juan De Fuca from Port Townsend to Whidbey Island. Upon arrival to Whidbey Island, I was uncharacteristically treated with sunshine and very little wind. The route took me across beautiful green pastures and foothills, populated primarily with cows and sheep.

Passed through the quaint, cute town of Coupeville WA, and then down to the coastline along the coastal waters of the Strait of Juan De Fuca. The scenes along the coastline were absolutely breathtaking. Across the beautiful waters you could see the San Juan Isles, and in the distance the towering peaks of the Olympic Mountain range. Wildlife was a slice of Alice in Wonderland. Herds of deer literally strolled down the quiet roads right in front of me, without a care in the world. Cottontail rabbits, geese, and cranes were everywhere. There was even an improbable “Otter Crossing” road sign, but no otters were brave enough to pose for a picture as I cycled by.

Passing through the North side of the island near Oak Harbor, I was serenaded by a number of U.S. Navy F-18 Growlers taking off for training runs out of Whidbey Island Naval Air Station. One of the F-18 pilots at Whidbey NAS, and a fine American, is the son of a dear friend back in Austin, so this scene carried special significance for me. As my retired USAF father-in-law is accustomed to saying, the roar of the engines “sounds like freedom”. The entire scene made me proud to be an American, and yes, it sounded like freedom.

As I left the island, I passed over the incredible Deception Pass Bridge, considered a scenic wonder of the Pacific Northwest, linking Whidbey Island to Anacortes WA, leaving me with one lasting glorious impression of this special place. I finished off today’s ride at Bay View State Park north of Anacortes, a beautiful pine tree-laden park overlooking Padilla Bay and Anacortes.

Today I learned that heaven exists in many places, and one of those places is right here on Whidbey Island. God Bless America.

It’s All Good.

Photo of the Day: Whidbey Island looking over the Strait of Juan de Fuca with snow-capped Olympic Mountain range in the distance.

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