I was touring and camped at Washington Park, Fidalgo Island, west of the ferry terminal for Anacortes. Riding south in the morning I followed the route in the book "Bicycling the Pacific Coast." It sends you south on Anaco Beach Road. DO NOT NOT NOT NOT NOT TAKE THIS ROUTE !!! It was ridiculous stupid difficult. Take the longer route following Highway 20 through Anacortes. I almost never walk my bike. I walked 6 times on the leg to Deception Pass. After that I was on Hwy 20, no problem.
See the entry for Sept 12: