There are two ways to get to Whidbey Island. You can take a ferry from Mukilteo to get to the south side of the island. Or you can go north and cross the Deception Pass bridge. I really wanted to see the bridge, so Deception Pass it was!
They have sidewalks on either side of the bridge, and here I discovered that I am somewhat afraid of heights, particularly when big trucks are rumbling past so close to you. I grabbed a couple of shots and hightailed it off the bridge.
From there I drove to Coupeville where I am staying in a great bed and breakfast, the Anchorage Inn. Once I unloaded the car I turned my computer on, uploaded a bike route to my Garmin and took off. I wanted to do a bit of exploring on two wheels! I decided to ride a loop from Coupeville to Oak Harbour and back that would let me see both the east and west sides of the island. Just over 20 miles. There are a lot of rolling hills here. I just took the ride easy and the legs were feeling pretty good. Here’s a shot of the east side of the island, looking at Penn Cove:
And the west side of the island:
After the ride it was time to shower up and grab some dinner. I was on the hunt for some Penn Cove mussels! Toby’s Tavern seemed to fit the bill – a big bowl of mussels, some good beer, and a great casual atmosphere with some awesome 80s hair band music.
Time to do some more exploring I think…