The ride from the KOA near Port Angeles was just beautiful. It passed through a lovely trail that ran along the sea and converged with Highway 101 in Port Angeles. After enjoying breakfast with some great coffee at the New Day Eatery I climbed the short hill back to the main road and cycled past lovely farmland on one side and the enchanting Olympic National park on the other. The park is one of the largest in the US and is a dense rainforest filled with oak, cedar and Douglas Fir trees. I stopped for lunch at Grannys Cafe and made friends with a grumpy puss.
After riding for about 50 kms I reached the northern tip of Crescent Lake which is a glacier fed lake and is really pristine. My heart was swept away by the colors of Autumn. Pale yellows, bright rust red, lime green and lovely shades of brown adorned the trees. The roads were not easy but undulating and I gained over 1837 feet in elevation that day.
I camped on the shores of the lake next to the campground as it had been closed for winter. Though the landscape was stunning the night was a bit eerie with the sounds of the large trees swaying in the wind keeping me awake for some time.