PAC Tour Day 1: Bike Everett WA to Sedro Woolley WA

Route: Everett, WA to Sedro Woolley, WA
Temp at start: 55
Temp at finish: 90
Interesting animals seen: Woolly long-haired sheep
Interesting birds seen/heard: Goldfinch and Cedar-waxwings
Strava file: PAC Tour Day 1

Today (Sunday July 17) was the official first day of our ride across the United States. I have had my fingers crossed for weeks that my first ride day would be today as the route was similar to climbing 100 miles in the Vicksburg Military Park. As there were no sustained climbs (like tomorrow’s climb over the Cascade Mountains), I felt as if I was better prepared for a ride with lots of hills as compared to one with one ginormous hill.

Lucky me! I got to ride today and will be riding all of the odd days and will crew the even days.

Todays’ ride took us from Everett to Whidbey Island. To reach the island we had to take a ferry to cross the Puget Sound.

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Cyclists boarding the Whidbey Island Ferry

After the ferry ride we had a fairly hilly ride heading north on the island. As I was trying to stay in a paceline, I did not take many pictures, but here are a few:

First barn of the Transcon

First barn of the Transcon

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View from the bridge of Deception Pass

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Jack from CO and me at Deception Pass

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Bridge over Deception Pass

Jack (CO) and Bob (NC) and I at our inn for the night after the ride. I was the navigator and they were the engines that pulled me through the day!

Jack (CO) and Bob (NC) and I at our inn for the night after the ride. I was the navigator and they were the engines that pulled me through the day!

It was an awesome day with awesome new friends! I finished strong and am pleased that my training paid off!

Tomorrow will be my first day of crewing a full breakfast and lunch. I am in charge of the hot water for tea and toasting bread and bagels at breakfast. My lunch duties will be too numerous to count, but I know we are having PAC Tour’s ultimate lunch: grilled cheese sandwiches!

The riders will have a long hard day in the saddle as they are heading 128 miles to Winthrop, WA. To get there, they will climb approximately 100 miles across the Cascade Mountains.

  • Just Me

    Michelle, how many riders are on this tour?

  • Jim Lee

    Never got to bike in the N. Cascades but did stay at Sun Mtn. Lodge near Winthrop…beautiful area. Enjoy!!

  • dismithj

    Thanks for the update! Looks like it is going to be very interesting, exciting and physically demanding!