Page 1 Page 2 Page 3 Page 4 Page 5 Page 6 Page 7 Page 8 Page 9 Page 10 Page 11 Page 12 Page 13 Page 14 Page 15 Page 16 Page 17 Page 18 Page 19 Page 20 Page 21 Page 22 Page 23 Page 24 Page 25 Page 26 Page 27 Page 28 Page 29 Page 30 Page 31 Page 32 Page 33 Page 34 Page 35 Page 36to check if you’ve forgotten anything and need to stop at a grocery store in Winslow. Upon docking, it’s seven miles from the Bainbridge Ferry Terminal to Fay Bainbridge. There are two main routes to the campground: the scenic route and the highway route. The scenic route is beautiful, especially rounding the bend on Manitou Beach Drive and catching a view of downtown Seattle. But the scenic route is hilly. Once I realized the highway is fine for big, slow bikes, I haven’t been back for the scenery. Granted, cars travel at faster speeds on the highway, but the shoulder is wide and people on Bainbridge Island are used to driving around cyclists. After conquering the ride to Fay, you reach paradise! There’s a driftwood-strewn beach, a play structure, amazing views and the feeling of being far from the city. It’s a joy to un- load and unwind. The kids rush straight for the beach. Low tide is the best thing ever, but at any tide level the driftwood proves playground enough -- enormous sun-bleached logs are pirate ships, and big sticks are quickly built into struc- tures satisfying kids’ imaginations. GEAR Cargo bikes (versus road bikes) work best as they can carry both kids and camping gear. Also try bike trailers, trailer bikes (attached half-bikes where kids sit and pedal), and adult/ kid tandem bikes. The Familybike Seattle Rental Fleet (see resources above right) is an invaluable resource for bike camping. FOOD Eating lunch straight off the ferry is a good way to take care of one meal while kick-start- ing the “island vacation” vibe. Also good -- Westside Pizza delivers to Fay Bainbridge Park! Mixing camping with the comforts of the city is slightly silly and extremely tasty. HOW TO PAY FOR THE FERRY Leaving Seattle: Ride past the waiting cars in the bike lane on the right. If you have an ORCA card, swipe it. Otherwise, join the right-hand car lane near the tollbooth. If you’re using ORCA and traveling with children aged six or older, you’ll need to pay for them separately at the closest tollbooth. Sometimes the cashier will want to add an excess fee for a large bike, but this rarely seems to be the case. Leaving Bainbridge: This is the free direction! Take the bike lane on the right to the staging area until instructed to load. HOW TO PAY FOR CAMPSITES Spaces are not reserved ahead of time so use the pay station by the south bathrooms upon arrival. The fee is $7 per person, but some- times the camp host asks us to pay $7 per bike, making the kids free. This is at the camp host’s discretion so check first. WHEN TO GO ➤ Saturday nights in August feature a won- derful owl show. ➤ Squeaky Wheel’s Bike for Pie (August 7) is fun to coincide with. ➤ If you use the Elliott Bay Trail, avoid Hemp- fest weekend (August 19-21) because you’ll have to detour around Myrtle Edwards Park. ➤ There is no tree cover at the hiker/biker sites so it can be hot. TIP: If it’s low tide, downshift before you stop pedaling on-board so you don’t have a difficult climb off the ferry on the other side TIP: From the ferry, ride halfway up Olympic Drive and pull over at Bike Barn Rentals to let the car traffic pass ᵜ ሤ R E S O U R C E S Fay Bainbridge Park bainbridge.htm Bicycles on Washington State Ferries Highway (flatter) route Scenic (hilly) route Familybike Seattle Rental Fleet Squeaky Wheels’ Bike for Pie pie.html Westside Pizza bainbridge-island Family Camping SEATTLE S2016 SWFIN.indd 3 7/28/16 2:24 PM