Monday, March 24, 2014

Seattle Bike Ride

Saturday I met co-worker Dan at the ferry dock in Bremerton.  He brought his brand new, shiny Salsa Fargo.  Click on the pictures to make them larger.

The game plan was to take the ferry to Seattle for a ride.

We left the Seattle terminal heading mostly west and a bit south.  We took care not to get torched by fire breathing dragons.

Our route was a combination of bike lanes on roads but mostly bike trails.  One took us though a tunnel that had several murals in it.

Our route was going to take us to Issaquah for starters.

At the beginning there were a few hills to climb and some switch-backs to descend.

We did see some colorful characters along the way.

After stopping in Issaquah for some coffee and calories we took off counterclockwise around Lake Samamish.

There the trail changed from paved to very hard packed gravel.

This is exactly what it looks like.

We entered a park area where remote controlled planes were aplenty.

These looked very maneuverable.  For perspective, I'd estimate the wingspan at five feet.

What's a bike ride without a stop at the velodrome?

Though I'm not in either of the velodrome pictures, I did do one lap on my Surly Long Haul Trucker track bike touring bike.

There was a horse show of sorts about to get going at the pointy tent thing.

Along the Samamish River trail we encountered a kayak convention.

Not too long after merging onto the Burke Gillman trail we spotted the crocodile.

And seaplanes.  There were at least 20 just hanging out.

Our route took as to the edge of the University of Washington.

We made use of naturally occurring in nature picture frames.

Right by the picture frame thing is a whole row of house boats.

In the Fremont neighborhood we encountered interesting murals.....

.....and naked chicks.

We aimed for downtown and ended up at Seattle Center.

Weird things grow there.

We made our way back toward the ferry terminal but not before we found the Popsicle.

If you're interested, the whole picture set is HERE.  For those keeping score at home, we ended up with 67 miles for the day.  The weather was about perfect.  It was approximately 50 degrees and no wind.  It was a great day for a ride.

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