What a lovely day for an 18 mile bike ride. Seven MBC riders hopped on the Anacortes ferry and rode off at Friday Harbor, headed to American Camp. Although it was windier than expected we braved that wind, riding into it as we left Friday Harbor. With just two ebikes in the group we seven did a loop through downtown to be introduced to San Juan Brewing for future reference…just in case. The day was sunny and slightly cool so after a quick coffee break for some Fidalgo brew we rode to American Camp Visitor Center. Built just two months ago after having to use a small “temporary” building for 60 years, the new visitors center is quite nice. The park rangers are very proud. From there we hit gravel and rode the trail down to South Beach. It was beautiful but the 12 mph winds kept the group from riding the hills up to the Vista point or the lighthouse. After lunch we headed back to the main road and went left down to 4th of July Beach, one of Janet Boyhan’s favorites. It is now a favorite of the Island Girls as well. The beach stretches quite a ways and the view is completely different on that side; easterly versus the ocean view at South Beach. The water was clear and gorgeous; what a delightful spot. Next trip we will have lunch at 4th of July Beach without the hard wind we experienced at S. beach. We got a bit of a push from the wind as we rode back to Friday Harbor taking a detour onto Argyle Way which led us back down to the ferry. Of course some of us managed an ice cream stop, enjoying Lopez Islands treat, while two others had beer and wine to finish the trip. What a joy it is to get together again, riding, chatting, getting to know a couple of newer members. A grand time was had by all.
Photos posted to MBC Flickr Album.