Folks come from all over the world to ride bikes through the San Juan Islands. We are fortunate to have them in our backyard, and can ride them on weekends for just a few dollars! John Sargent led eight Washington Alpine Club members on the Lopez Island Ramble Bike Ride. Dennis Pierce, John Sargent, Audrey Pitigliano, Doerte Mahanay, Mike Mahanay, Amy Sargent, Laura Sargent, and Les Sargent all participated!
After meeting at the Anacortes Ferry Terminal, we transferred our camping gear to Les Sargent in the van, then rode our bikes on to the ferry. As always, we watched very carefully for Orcas.
Upon arrival at Lopez Island, we rode to the campground and set up camp. We had a fantastic view of the water from the shelter of the trees.
The day was cool and cloudy, and all the ride was on pavement. There were very few cars on the road, and most of the locals would slow down and give us a friendly wave. Our route took us on a 34.5 mile loop from the North end of the island to the South end and back. We had snacks at Agate Beach, and rode through the village.
Lopez Island is also popular for kayaking.
Lopez was named after Lopez Gonzales de Haro, the Spanish captain who
"discovered" the San Juan Islands in 1791. The next Europeans to come to
Lopez were the Scandinavian fishermen in the early 19th century, having
discovered what the earlier cultures had known all along - that the shores
of the these islands teemed with fish.
John Sargent has real knack for putting
together fun bike rides. This was the second one of the spring. The first
was the Inland Empire Bicycle Tour which covered the Columbia Plateau
Trail from Sprague thru the Turnbull National Wildlife Refuge to Fish
Lake, and then the Trail of the Coeur d’Alenes, from Plummer to Enaville,
Idaho. He did a wonderful job of organizing two rides that was appropriate
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