Everywhere we go there are big trees.
And big foot
In summer 2014 we hosted Eric, an American guy who stayed with us for a few days and entertained Leo quite successfully. When we knew we were flying to Seattle we realised that Eric might know stuff about getting to the ferry from the airport so we got in touch. Amazingly he offered to pick us up from the airport and host us for a couple of nights so that we could get over our jetlag.
When we arrived, his wife Loretta and his daughters Sophie, Lucy and Maria made us feel very welcome despite us throwing the girls out of their she-shed in the basement. We recovered, had a trip to REI and then rather wonderfully Eric rode us into Settle down the amazing network of trails that linked Bellevue with the city centre. We had a great day especially because most of the journey was downhill although I suspect Eric had a harder time getting home.
We're cycling anticlockwise around the Olympic Peninsula starting in Seattle then heading south to Portland. From there we are going to make our way back North to Vancouver BC somehow. With Leo in the trailer and his constant interest in everything around us the going is slow but great fun.
The land is empty and there are many state park campgrounds so far conveniently placed about 50km apart.
Poulsbo is a small town on a peninsula on a peninsula. It was on our way and had a nice park in the forest and easy access to a good beach for Leo to forage for crabs, so we spent the afternoon there. It was settled by Norwegian fisherman and the people of the town are still really proud of their Norwegian heritage. Leo was quite excited at all the flags and we nearly got him to sing his Barnehage song: 'Sundelia Barnehage hey, hey, hey!!!' but he got all shy when we got the camera out.
Just before Freire we saw a sign for a cabaña and went down a little track. It led to the house of Elizabeth and Irving, whose cabanas were full but who happily invited us to camp in their garden. Amazingly Irving had a small museum of mainly British motorbikes in various stages of restoration, and was the only Chilean member of various British motorbike clubs. He had Enfield, Triumph, Ariel and Panther bikes and was really pleased to see our Brook's saddles as one of his oldest bikes had one too.