Kudos to those Island County government folks for that new bike trail. As countless cities across the country struggle with the long-term challenges to earn a bike friendly ribbon, we just went ahead and did it.
Our 20-mile loop starts at the Cliinton ferry — Where else? — loops into Langley, winds into Bayview, past our only bike store, flattens out for the gorgeous Maxwelton Valley along Ewing Road, past the Salmon Adventure, up that killer French Road hill before descending on Deer Lake Road to a return taste of Clinton.
I have little doubt that a little publication of this well-sited route will bring sizable numbers of two-wheeled tourists to the South End, along with a healthy biker’s appetite known to accompany our hilly terrain.
An off-road route would have been nice, but I’ve been biking for longer than I like to admit and will settle for a striped road, a modest $100,000 price tag and that 2016 completion date in a heartbeat.
Drivers in these parts are willing to share the road, and we’ll get tourists without adding to ferry lines — what a deal.
Way to go, Island County.