Heading south from Anacortes, Washington.
The Olympic Discovery Trail is a multi-use trail from Port Townsend to La Push. It using trails like this and some roads. 90 miles like the one above and the over 45 miles uses roads.
The area that I have been traveling is all connected to the Pacific Ocean. In 1791 this area was explored by the Spanish and they set up trading with the indigenous people. That contact helps to understand some of the names of towns and islands.
This is the last section of this virtual cycling tour.of about half of the Northern Tier. I began in Osceola, Minnesota after completing a loop around Lake Michigan. I cover 2021 miles riding on my two inside trainers during the winter months. I find that the cold Michigan winter air is too hard to breathe during exercise.
Since the pandemic began I have used my mileage riding inside and outside rides to progress my trip. I have used the journals from crazyguyonabike.com to provide details and map guidance. The maps used in these blogs I get from Google maps.
This is a 127 mile stretch between Winthrop and Sedro-Wooley. It is best used in the warmer months since the high elevation will not be open in the winter. The first designated scenic highway in the US.
The town is now called Concrete. Over a century ago the two communities across the river from each other decided to merge. Baker across the river had the Portland Cement Company and it was referred to as "Cement City." They towns decided on the new name of Concrete and is it okay to say that the name "stuck"?
Newhalen started as a company town for the power plant for Seattle. Now anyone can live there..
This area has apple and cherry orchards and this reminds me of the similar areas in Michigan. The apple orchards are in my area of SE Michigan and the cherries are famous in the Traverse City in the NW part of the Lower Peninsula (Mitten) of Michigan. I feel somewhat at home.
Most town in this area are located on a river. There is smokejumper station between Twisp and Winthrop.
Tonasket is named after a chief of the Okanogan people. The population is around 1000 and served as a hub for the region. Agriculture and forestry are big industries. I see some fruit strorage areas. The elevation is round 1000'. The Colville National Forest office is in this town.
The town of Riverside was a stop along the river during steamboat days in the 1800s. That makes sense on how transportation moved in these areas before the development of road and the creation of dams. The area is at 866' and the town has a couple hundred residents.
Riverside is one of the few places in the world where thulite is found. This pretty gem is used as a carving material in making jewelry.
I love my riding days and look to find interesting and informative items to share.