On Saturday we headed to far northwestern Washington for the fabulous Tour de Whatcom, which we’d heard about when we met the Mount Baker Bike Club folks after the Ann Ride in Walla Walla.
This was yet another spectacular ride on yet another picture-perfect day, with views of Mount Baker, Birch Bay, Bellingham Bay and … Canada, during the stop in Blaine, which is one of the border crossings. Here’s the route. We rode for awhile with several very nice Canadian groups, including the Vancouver Velo Vets and Ride 2 Survive. (Now we want to check out some rides up there). We also did some stellar pacelining with two guys who came from Kentucky and who very much appreciated the low humidity and soaring scenery.
Besides the scenery, we love the name of the place, and its overall vibe. What’s a Whatcom?
Early morning rays as we head out of Bellingham
Some of the strong groups we tagged along with
Morning in northwestern Washington
Merlin, one of many highlights of the first rest stop
Boy Scout troop members dispensing treats
Young man giving free tattoos
And the result
“Welcome to the Kingdom!”
Leaving the Kingdom, back on the winding road
Pretty good shot, for being on the bike
Lots of farmland
Another rest stop
Blaine, on the Canadian border
Child playing in mud as gulls observe
More mud play and gulls
We liked this scene, obviously
Walking the dog, Birch Bay
Music at one of the rest stops!
And free Cokes! That perfect late-ride refreshment
Mount Baker in the distance
Taking a pause to enjoy the scenery
One of the Ride 2 Survive leaders
Random person on the road
And also adorable.
No, we didn’t do this. Though we WOULD have …
Bellingham Bay, after dinner