Four COGS riders shrugged off the morning drizzle and departed from the Coleman Dock in time to catch the 9:10 ferry at Fauntleroy - 13 miles away via Alki. We were on time, however the ferry was not. That gave us some time to chat with an intrepid gentleman cyclist from Topeka, who had arrived at Seatac at 4:30 that morning and was on his way to San Diego. Some of us were a bit jealous, and we provided tips on routes to the Oregon coast. From Southworth we pedaled the 13.4 miles to enjoy lunch in Port Orchard with John's niece, a retired Navy captain who owns the Deep Draft Brewery in Gorst (https://deepdraftbrew.com). We should plan a ride to sample some product, maybe on an overnighter ;-)
Gus, Arnie, Linda, John and Mike (aka Godzilla) lunching at "The Dock" in Port Orchard
The weather had changed from cloudy to partly sunny as we left Port Orchard aboard an electric passenger ferry across Sinclair Inlet.
Aboard the Kitsap Transit ferry across Sinclair Inlet- yes, there is a bike rack!
In Bremerton we stopped for a moment to pay our respects to the USNS Turner Joy - famed for involvement in the "Tonkin Gulf Incident." We crossed over the bridge to Manette and enjoyed rolling terrain along the water through Illahee and Brownsville.
The little port of Brownsville on Port Orchard Inlet
Near Keyport, this reporter's beloved 1997 Rodriguez "Kermit" slipped a disk (cassette lock ring). So that was the mysterious rattle I’d been hearing! I had no tools with me to deal with it, but there was a bike shop six miles away in Paulsbo (Infinity Cyclery) where a young and very capable bicycle chiropractor was able to get Kermit up and running with minimal delay.
We stopped for some caffeinated rocket fuel at Hot Shots Java in Paulsbo, where two riders decided to take a shortcut (that turned out to be not-so-short) to the Bainbridge ferry and two riders were still feeling frisky enough to take on Baker Hill.
Gus and Mike opting to walk across the Agate Pass bridge on the narrow sidewalk
All four rejoined aboard the ferry back to Seattle. It was a somewhat challenging 60 mile ride with some hilly, lovely riding between Bremerton and Bainbridge (the three ferry rides add another 15.6 miles). Look for this ride to be reposted later this summer, as it is one of my very favorite local routes.