Pacific Coast Sierra Cascades Bike Trip Day 57 – Bellingham

When I awoke at 5:15, I noticed that my rear tire held its pressure overnight. The patch worked. Riding began at 6 for a brief stretch along Hwy 20 followed by a brief north-bound ride on Collins Road to Cook Road. There I headed west for several pleasant miles on a smooth, wide shoulder past pastures with cattle. Just before I-5, I turned north on Old Highway 99 and gained elevation slowly to the hamlet of Alger. More gradual climbing to Lake Samish through big-leaf maple forest where I turned northwest on Old Samish Road. The climbing ended, and I coasted into the outskirts of Bellingham. A right turn on Chuckanut Drive and two miles of cycling took me to the Fairhaven section of town. I classy Victorian house suggested an upscale neighborhood (see photo). In downtown, I ate breakfast # 2 at the Horseshoe Cafe. Then off to the public library for newspaper reading followed by a visit to Henderson Books, said to be the largest used bookstore on the west coast. Back to the library for reading. My intention to ride the last 10 miles to Ferndale (where Betsy and I started our trip) this afternoon turned to sloth. At 3 pm, I rode to a Days Inn and rented a room. After a shower, I rode to a grocery store them confirmed the location of the airport shuttle pickup spot at the Four Points Sheraton Hotel. I ate a modest dinner of tortillas, cheese, broccoli, and guacamole dip in motel room. 27 miles today.

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