cycle hiking San Juan island

Cycle hiking the Islands – trip report by site editor Rick McCharles

Due to ferry schedules I arrived Friday Harbor late in the day. The town’s name originates from Joseph Poalie Friday, a native Hawaiian.

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I purchased food for dinner and headed out to find a place to camp.

Next morning early I was back at the Bean Cafe. These free wifi spots are my longest breaks during each day.

Tourist information told me the south was more scenic than the north, so I headed towards American Camp.

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There are a number of trails. I opted to start towards Grandma’s Cove and made my own loop back.

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It’s very popular.

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American Camp is a legacy of the Pig War, a confrontation in 1859 between the United States and Great Britain over the Canada-U.S. border. Over a pig. Not kidding.

This was my first really hot, sunny day on the bike.

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At times I wished I’d rented one of Susie’s Scootcars instead. 🙂

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Nearby is Cattle Point Lighthouse.

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Jakle’s Lagoon is the trailhead for several interesting looking hikes. Hot and nearly out of water, I gave them a miss. This time.

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After lunch I headed north to Roche Harbor with it’s weird sculpture garden.

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The resort is cluttered. Too near the airport for my liking. But I did like the colour scheme.

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Next stop – English Camp.

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Much quieter than American Camp.

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It was late in the day when I finally reached Lime Kiln Park State Park.

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A highlight of the day was spotting Orcas.

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