Hood Canal II

I started off riding with someone, but we eventually got separated and took different routes. Mine involved on-the-fly wayfinding through unfamiliar territory.

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  1. Since I've done most of this route before, you can find more photos on my previous ride.
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
  3. I left home at about 05:00 and arrived at the ferry terminal shortly before it opened.
  4. My riding partner for this trip was the woman I met on an earlier ride.
  5. We mainly stayed on the car deck, as her dog wasn't allowed in the passenger cabin.  Most of the time was spent chatting about bikes and other things.
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
  7. After arriving at on Bainbridge Island, we headed out along the normal route I've taken several times to get to the Kitsap Peninsula.  Rather than going via Suquamish or climbing up to the non-freeway section of State Route 3, we went along Big Valley Road, which I've taken before in the other direction.
  8. Along this entire ride (until Belfair), we were leapfrogging each other: she normally passed me as I stopped to eat, and I normally passed her as I overtook her at speed.
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
  11. Along the rural highways, I saw people just continue on their way as emergency vehicles blared their sirens and lights.
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
  13. She stopped at a food store more oriented towards natural foods, while I stopped at the same store as always.  We met up there and chatted for a while before heading toward the climb into the Olympic National Forest.
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
  16. After said climb, I barreled down the southern slope.
  17. I've been working toward becoming accustomed to the drops on my bike's drop bars.  I kept up with the work this time, and learned that they are much better for controlling a bike at high speed irrespective of the wind rushing against me.
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