March 25, 2016
Ride past 40 “vertical storytellers” near Sequim July 15–17
By OutdoorsNW Staff
Photo at right: The Totem Tour will take cyclists past more than 40 totem poles near Sequim on the Olympic Peninsula July 15-17. Photos by Sam Chandler
The northern end of the Olympic Peninsula is dotted with modern and ancient Salish Indian totem poles. What better way to see these vertical storytellers than to join the S’Klallam Totem Tour Annual Recumbent Ride on July 15 – 17, 2016?
Starting in Sequim, Washington, the tour will guide bicyclists along the Olympic Discovery Trail and local bike paths to the village of Blyn and past 7 Cedars Resort to view over 40 Jamestown S’Klallam totem poles.
“This is the first year of the ride,” said Sam Chandler, owner of Ben’s Bikes in Sequim and organizer of the Totem Tour. “Totem poles are one of the best assets in our area and you can access most of them within a few blocks of the Olympic Discovery Trail.”
The town of Sequim has eight totem poles and there are about 40 others near the 7 Cedars Resort. Most of the totem poles were created by carver Dale Faulstich in partnership with the Jamestown Klallam Tribe.
Chandler said he developed a 30-mile out-and-back ride on the OTD and will provide a map showing all totem pole locations.
Refreshments and prizes will be provided to all participants, and special Totem Tour bike jerseys will be sold. While riding a recumbent bike is encouraged, this free event is open to all cyclists and types of bikes.
For more details and to register for the Totem Tour visit bensbikessequim.com