Island Fun on Tour de Lopez
A misty morning did not dampen enthusiasm for an island ride, as nearly 1,000 people took to two wheels for Tour de Lopez last Saturday, April 25. A 31-mile ride that explored the island top to bottom, and shorter rides that looped back to the village, offered pedals on the quiet roads for people of all ages and abilities.
Here are scenes from the day.
An open road, albeit a pretty good climb, greeted cyclists landing at Lopez.
At the top of the hill from the ferry, Odlin Park was one starting point for the ride.
The well-stocked Village Cycles has gear and bikes for everyone, even a very young cyclist in pink mud boots. Their quick repairs kept people on the road.
Colorful recycled bicycles with directional signs pointed the way around the route.
A rest stop staffed by the Lopez Island Land Trust gave out information as well as snacks.
Plenty of rolling hills but few big climbs were tackled on the Tour de Lopez route.
Skirts, colorful socks and other interesting garb was on display at the Grange Hall rest stop.
This tandem duo were on a livestock tour, here viewing sheep and goats along Davis Bay Road.
Once the day dried out a bit, you saw a lot of smiles on the faces of country cyclists.
Blue sky made an appearance by mid-morning, making those cross-valley climbs more pleasant.
Spotting birds along the wet fields on Davis Bay Road made this father and son all smiles.
Cyclists had time to stop and smell the lilacs along the route.
Cyclists can be seen through the window from historic Center Church, one of the island’s top points of interest.
On the home stretch, cyclists headed north along Fisherman’s Bay.
Master recyclers at work: wooden shipping pallets serve as excellent bike racks.
This father and sons relaxed into a family heap after the ride.
The finish line festival included an excellent grilled lunch, live music and a lively beer garden.
The ferry approaches Lopez to whisk cyclists back to the mainland.
Cyclists and dogs headed off island after the weekend ride.