Whidbey with Bob, John and some new friends

We can’t seem to get enough of Whidbey Island, so we headed back on Labor Day for a little 68-mile jaunt (5,600 feet of elevation gain, give or take). This time we joined our friends Bob and John, and along the way picked up new friends Paul and Ken and, for awhile, the amazing Scott.

Several stretches made for some terrifically fun pacelining, and the climbs and wide-open descents were a blast too. And of course, the Whidbey scenery.

We were delighted when Bob happened upon the Timbuktu Java Bar & Gallery in Freeland — featuring a nicely attired stuffed giraffe, terrific proprietors, the ultimate in smoothie lusciousness, and a just-right chicken-and-rice concoction.

And serving as a true inspiration was Scott, a relatively new rider who dropped from 260 pounds to 170 since January by eating well and exercising.

Of course, any time you get to go home via ferry, it’s a very good day indeed.

Fidalgo and Whidbey Islands

Clearly we’re fond of Whidbey Island: We’ve visited three times in less than a month. Twice by bike — including our fourth century of June — and once by foot. Each time, we’ve wanted to stay for much longer. The landscape, the lush and winding roads, the farm stands and U-pick berries, the quaint shops, the sparkling water … so much to love. This trip covered Day 1 of the Washington MS 150 route, crossing over from La Conner onto Fidalgo Island and doing a quick tour there.

Future posts will detail our future visits. For now, a brief photographic recap.