Our journey starts early morning at the Anacortes Ferry dock. Here riders will load thier camping gear onto the shuttle truck headed for camp. We will gather our biking gear & trip supplies and prepare to board the ferry. Cars can be park the local pay lots. Riders will walk onto the ferry with their bikes. Muffins and juice are served on the 45 minute crossing to Orcas Island. Spend your ferry ride resting, visiting, sightseeing or exploring.
At picturesque Deer Harbor we disembark the ferry and wait for the ferry traffic to pass. Riders may choose their route, following the main roads or take the more rural and challenging path.
The main bike route is along the road’s shoulder and follows the contours of Orcas’ hilly landscape. It winds through mountain forests and pretty pastures with peek-a-boo views of the shoreline and a unique sense only an island can provide. Completion times for the 13 mi ride vary from 50 minutes to 2-3 hours. Most riders, however find they can make it to the near halfway point at the villiage of East Sound in about an hour. Here you can rest and explore at the oceanfront park, pick-up some goodies at the Bite of Orcas, tour the local shops or stop in at the grocery store. The second leg is a little shorter but takes about the same hour since it includes a 2 mile hill up to Moran State park.
The ride out is a little faster since, you have the pleasure of zooming down (safely, of course) the big 2 mile hill you once came up. All the sites and sounds are reversed. Riders leaving on the 3rd day will be met at the ferry dock with their camping gear which they will need to carry on. Riders leaving the 4th day leave with the truck, so they do not need to carry their stuff on the ferry.