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    In Banff, AB Dwagenheim's Avatar
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    10.12.02 Port Townsend to Seattle and a Woman called Tex

    After another night of good sleep, it was early to rise as the noises of coffee grinding and conversation could be heard from the kitchen. I had some toast and jam and then chatted with Reed when he woke up. The day was beautiful and sunny and there was a great view of Mt. Baker from the property beyond the garden through some trees. Speaking of trees, I climbed up a nice big coastal redwood tree in the yard to try to get an unobstructed view of the mountain but also to test my guts. There were many thick branches protruding from the soft bark covered tree, most were capable of holding my weight as I climbed up about ¾ of the way up. Local raccoons use this tree as a napping spot and I could see why. Besides the whole height thing, it looked pretty comfy out here. After getting down, I persuaded Reed to join me in some hacky sack. We played for a while and even got Peggy in on it. By the end we were a bit sweaty. Peggy and I cruised over to the farmers market in town and checked out the local scene. There were produce and crafts stands and even a couple of food vendors. One vendor was grilling up some Alaskan Salmon. It was a nice atmosphere and it was cool to check out the Port Townsend market scene. We were back home in less than a half hour. On the way home, Peggy pointed out some landmarks and a place where they build wooden kayaks. We saw on e person paddling out of the harbor in on of them. She seemed to glide along very well in the beautiful craft. Shortly after returning home, I fixed myself a sandwich from last night’s leftovers. Janet returned from her test and her and Reed also joined in on the afternoon snack time. After lunch, Reed, Michael and I enjoyed the Mate ritual. Mate is a drink commonly used in Argentina like tea is used here in the States. But drinking Mate is a bit different. The three of us shared the container for our drinking, a gourd that was decorated with ornate metal leaves. The herbs sit inside and after hot water is poured on them, the Mate is sipped out of a metal straw with a strainer at the end. We enjoyed a few rounds of Mate and then I packed up my rig for my departure from Port Townsend. We posed for a couple of photos by my bike before I said my thankyou’s and goodbye’s and took off out of town. There were quite a few ups and downs leaving Port Townsend but the sunny day and beautiful scenery made up for any hardships the hills brought on. After about 25 miles, I realized I had forgot both my tarps at the house in Port Townsend. Oh well. It sucks, but such is life. Maybe I’ll get them back, but probably not. I crossed paths with a cyclist during the day, Mike, who just seemed to be taking a leisurely ride on the nice day. He stopped and ask me where I was going, so I stopped and began to explain my trop. He mentioned he just finished a tour around the US. I gave him my website and email info and we parted ways. Throughout the ride, I passed through small towns like Irondale, Port Hadlock, Port Ludlow, Paradise Bay, and Port Gamble. Crossing the Hood Canal Bridge was fun and scenic. It laid low to the water and was about ¾ of a mile long. Eventually, I made it to Kingston and was lucky enough to catch the ferry without much of a wait. There was no fee from Kingston to Edmonds so I splurged and bought some ferry food for the short ride over. I got some Ivar’s Clam Chowder and Halibut and Chips. I sat by the window with my meal and enjoyed a spectacular view of Mt. Baker as we crossed the Puget Sound. I would have liked to snap some photos but was too busy eating my nice greasy food. When I disembarked the ferry, I felt like I was going to be in for some cooler weather as the sun was quickly setting. I rode down busy SR 104 for a while and then turned south on Aurora. Now it was dark. After some gradual ups and downs, I finally made it to Seattle. On my last stretch, a woman waiting at a bus stop said “you’re doing good” as I passed her pedaling uphill. “Thanks”, I replied. I cruised into the University District of Seattle around 8pm and found the house of my friend Kim and her housemate Kristen. They were well into the drinking and socializing pre-dinner stages of the party. I quickly showered up and got settled and joined them for some more cheese and bread before dinner. I enjoyed everyone’s company, especially of a woman named Tex. She was talkative and slightly tipsy and kept everyone entertained with her intelligent views on everything from working on boats with shady male characters to her travels and experiences abroad with the military. We dined on a wonderful penne pesto with grilled chicken and tasty green beans. After some more intense and captivating conversations on war and many other topics, we enjoyed Kim’s homemade chocolate cheesecake with strawberries. It was SO delicious. We were joined by Kim’s tenant from downstairs, and his friend Trudy for some intellectual conversation. But as it got later, we all started to wind down a bit. Around 1am, Kim’s guests left and I had a few more words with Trudy about traveling through Belize and Guatemala, and Buddy about cycling before they left. I was pretty tired but after saying goodnight to Kim and Kristen, I messed around on the internet but mostly catching up on my journal writing. (57 miles)

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    Pic: The nice garden of my host family in Port Townsend. In the background is Mt. Baker but it is too hard to see in the low quality photo.
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    Pic: Climbing up a Coastal Redwood tree in Port Townsend, WA.
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    Pic: Disco Salmon at the Port Townsend Farmer's Market.
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