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P8020554Bike trails and paths allow safer riding away from cars, and as a parent, I breathe easier when we get to use them. This tour allowed us time on a number of different trails, so here they are in photo form.

This first one is the Padilla Bay Shore Trail. Just a couple miles, but great meandering next to the water. And an interesting gateway to keep motorized vehicles out.

P8050598The Discovery Trail starts pre-Sequim and goes to Port Angeles, winding mostly through woods and farmlands. We appreciated learning about it from our Warmshowers stay in the area (thanks Heidi and Dick!). There are amazing bridges built by volunteers to span what was once railroad trestles, and some odd detours, such as around a superfund site outside Port Angeles.

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And the Gun Club.

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Then after camping at Fairholm on Lake Crescent in Olympic National Park, we decided not to brave Highway 101 back to Port Angeles. Instead we used the mountain bike path on the north side on the lake, marked as the Spruce Railroad Trail on our Bicycling the Olympic Peninsula map. Yes, we had to push our bikes a couple times, but it was awesome to circle the lake far away from the car traffic.

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On Vancouver Island, we got to ride from Victoria to Sydney on the 30km Lochside Trail. It also goes on to the ferries at Swartz Bay as well. This section was special because we got to ride partway with our cycling pals Mark and Jade.

Our final trail was from Anacortes to Bayview on our last day. It was raining, so I didn’t snap any photos, but the converted trestle across Fidalgo Bay was impressive. I’m definitely a fan of rail-trails now.

You can find them by googling a town or area with “bike trail” or check with the Rails-to-Trails Conservancy.

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