Day 131: October 10: San Juan Island, Orcas Island

I was able to get up at 5:00 and get to the ferry dock well before I needed to for the 6:15 ferry, so I ended up drinking too much coffee. The ferry dropped me at the little town of Orcas early in the morning, when nothing but the market was open. I rode up into Eastsound, about 9 miles away, and had an excessively large breakfast, then rode down to the Doe Bay Resort, about another 9 miles down the east side of the island.

The roads here were significantly hillier than they were on San Juan Island, with some grades approaching 10% (though not too long). The forest along the road was lush, covered with ferns and blackberry bushes (which I kept stopping for).


Along the road
Doe Bay Resort has camping, cabins, and a small hostel, as well as hot tubs, a sauna, a cafe, and a store. I was looking forward to a nice soak in the hot tub and general relaxation (I'd only ridden about 18 miles today). Their cafe was closing for the season after tonight, so I treated myself to an excellent dinner of salad and a salmon fillet sandwich (for a pretty good price). The staff (well, the two women) had dressed up in costume for their last day.
Hostel at Doe Bay