Last weekend, my partner Kelli and I took advantage of a temporary change in ferry schedules to bike to Whidbey Island for a getaway. Usually, the ferry to Clinton on Whidbey Island leaves from Mukilteo for a 15-minute jaunt. But due to dock work in Mukilteo, the ferry to Clinton is temporarily leaving from Edmonds, which is about 15 miles closer to Seattle (depending on your route).
Most of the ride to Edmonds follows the Interurban North route, which makes for a quick and easy ride. For $5 you get a 45-minute ferry ride that lets you off into some truly wonderful island roads with loud frog croaking at night and very little wi-fi access. An excellent vacation for a blogger.
Our first night, we rode to gorge ourselves at La Casita Mexican Restaurant. We were seated next to a couple who said they met on a cross-country bike ride. They were happy to see we rode to the restaurant in the chilly rain, so they gave us their coupon for a free desert. Totally awesome! They said they were going spend the next day (which was forecasted to be much nicer) riding around the island on the tandem bike they built. In fact, for their wedding registry, they asked for tandem bike parts. Too cute.
Some other thoughts:
- Whidbey island drivers sure drive fast (but they give a lot of room and are courteous to bikers)
- Why is there a bike surcharge on ferries (even if it’s only $1)?
- Shoreline’s still-in-process extension of the Interurban Trail is interesting. It should be very nice one they finish construction of the crossings and curbs. However, the pavement design of one section had me a little baffled:
There are ten times as many small “bumps” when riding in the center portion of the trail than on the edges. Riding in the center is not bad or anything, but it provides an incentive to ride on the very edge of the wide path. I found myself doing it, then I noticed that many other riders we encountered were doing the same thing. One even rode himself off the path on accident. He didn’t fall or anything, but you can see how someone could. It just struck me as an odd pavement choice. However, the trail seems like it will be very nice. Any regular Interurban riders have thoughts on it?
Anyone know other good (mostly) bike-powered getaways in the area? Share them below.