A short ride from Skagit Cycle Center, through Anacortes, takes you to Anacortes Ferry Terminal.
This easy ride from Skagit Cycle Center in downtown Anacortes will take you to ferry terminal or what the local residents call their "highway". The ferry system in the San Juan Islands is reliable and quite enjoyable. With lounge areas both inside and outside, you can spend your time on the deck or relax in one of the many booths or on the comfortable benches. On a clear day, you can catch a glimpse of Mt. Baker in the distance, which has yearlong snow cap and hosts a great local ski resort.
The most important task of the morning will be to pick up your bike and get fitted just right. The ride to the ferry terminal is a short one so take your time in the morning to get any last minute supplies or take a walk around the Marina in Anacortes. It's a great opportunity to test out your bike and get a taste for Island life!
You'll be traveling on one of the busier roads in Anacortes so please be sure to take note of the traffic lights, crosswalks, and traffic around you, as you make your way. Luckily, it's still an island so the traffic moves slowly and gives bikers lots of room.
There are a few uphill and downhill sections, and we recommend you control your speed on those descents.
Before starting your ride it’s always worth inspecting your bike for any damage. Check for any damage to the frame, components or wheels. Ensure there are no loose cables and that the tires are inflated and the brakes are working. Always wear a helmet when biking. If you are doubtful of the condition of your rental bike please call the office or the local bike shop on the number provided in your information pack.
You will have been outfitted with your bike, emergency repair kit, and helmet at the bike shop. The bikes will have a waterproof saddle bag for any valuables or electronics and we definitely recommend packing a variety of layers for the day. It might be nice and warm in town but as soon as you get closer to the coast or on the ferry, it can get chilly fast!
Always be prepared to cycle through a change of weather conditions and do check for any local weather warnings before cycling. Good shoes, a windbreaker-type layer, sunscreen, and sunglasses are ideal items for a sunny day. If you happen to have rainy weather, waterproof pants and a jacket are a must.
Most cyclists wear [fingerless] cycle gloves for some padding on the handlebars. Don't forget a spare battery pack for an emergency charge of any navigation unit you may decide to use.
Points of Interest
If you have time to kill before picking up your bike, have a stroll on the Tommy Thompson trail which runs along the water, just one street over from Anacortes' downtown.
Head over to the Marina to grab a bite to eat and check out the numerous sailboats and yachts moored in the harbor. There is even a seasonal fish market providing fresh catches to the locals.
Anacortes boasts a number of restaurants, art galleries, shops and more. Make sure to have a stroll through town before you depart for the islands.
Food & Drink
There are plenty of food and drink options in Anacortes if you want to stock up on snacks and drinks. Make sure to bring a water bottle or hydration system because as soon as you get out of town, options are very limited until you reach the towns and villages on the Islands. The ride to the ferry terminal is very straightforward and the ferry terminal also has a cafe in case you work up an appetite on the way over.