Headed out to Sequim again.
Excluding ferries, my ride last Saturday was about 146 miles.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) October 7, 2014
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More after the break…
Part 1: To Ferry
I started at the usual time of 05:00 and headed to take the ferry to Bainbridge Island, which I haven't done in quite some time.
The new light timing on 2nd Avenue lets me barrel down the rightmost lane without stopping. Sweet. #cycling— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) October 4, 2014
Yep, heading out this was today. (@ Seattle Ferry Terminal in Seattle, WA) https://t.co/DaaR3Fa0Pp— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) October 4, 2014
No other cyclists in this ferry, but a bunch were headed for Bremerton.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) October 4, 2014
Part 2: Kitsap & Olympic
I took Big Valley Road to cut across the Kitsap Peninsula.
Based on my experience thus far, it seems like 36/48×11-32T would work well for light touring. #cycling— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) October 4, 2014
That comment was spurred by how I wasn't going on my little chainring as much with an 11-32T cassette.
I'm at Beaver Valley Store in WA https://t.co/cU0e9f5vS8— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) October 4, 2014
I stopped to eat at a trailhead I hadn't noticed before.
While there, I noticed these odd devices in bags on a fence.
Once across the Hood Canal Bridge, I took SR-104 and SR-19, but left the latter to use Larson Lake Road and Eaglemount Road.
That took me to SR-20, which I barreled down to get to US 101. I followed US 101 north to Discovery Bay where I saw that restaurant made of cabooses. The owner (who was a young 17) pulled up right after me and opened the place up, so I had some ice cream there.
That restaurant made of cabooses has a tenant and was one, so I stopped by. The owner wanted photos of the place, so I had to oblige.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) October 4, 2014
I asked the owner about the strip of land that Google Maps marked as a bicycle trail ROW back when I used it to plan my routes, but he had no idea.
From there, I took the normal route towards Sequim, making use of Old Gardiner Road and part of the trail to Blyn.
Notably, the part of the trail that was incomplete last time was now finished, including fresh pavement on the nearby road.
I knew to avoid the trail through the state park due to gravel switchbacks, so I took the highway for a bit like last time. I then took the main road to downtown, where the farmers' market was underway..
I'm at City of Sequim in Sequim, WA https://t.co/WgJialRWta— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) October 4, 2014
I also got a blueberry muffin at a small bakery next door. It was nice because it was neither greasy nor overly sweet.
I left downtown Sequim and went on a small loop for some extra miles.
One consistent theme today: spiderwebs.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) October 5, 2014
Once back there, I came across some people building a large sand sculpture.
Some folks here are learning advanced sand sculpturing.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) October 4, 2014
Taking US 101 the whole way, I made my way back to J n K and stopped for a whopping three 12-ounce cups of coffee and a slice of the pizza the owner bakes there.
This place has pizza, too!— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) October 4, 2014
I chatted with some other customers while there. Someone mentioned how they like to give cyclists a good amount of room and it warmed my heart.
I soon left there via US 101.
Then climbed up SR-104. There are four or five long hills on that thing!
After crossing the hood canal bridge, I turned south on SR-3 and followed it all the way to Bremerton.
Now that my pedal stroke is even, everything hurts more. #cycling— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) October 4, 2014
Touring is hard. Eternal training is also hard.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) October 5, 2014
There were a few places along it where the shoulders were blocked off with alert signs and a place right at my exit ramp where the right lane was closed. Also, that annoying narrow bridge.
The right lane on SR-3 was closed around my exit ramp. The right lane of the ramp was also closed.
Some female passenger in an SUV shouted something that was likely unkind at me in Bremerton. I couldn't hear it and said as much. #cycling— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) October 5, 2014
And then I got to the ferry terminal, where I waited for about 50 minutes for the ferry itself.
Got here faster than I thought I would. (@ Bremerton Ferry Terminal in Bremerton, WA) https://t.co/4FS9lPqqlY— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) October 5, 2014
@HyperboreanWolf I waded through my fare share of webs today.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) October 5, 2014
I chatted with a couple guys who were heading to work by bike and ferry while waiting.
Part 3: Return Home
Rather than taking my typical route up 4th Avenue, I used the new 2nd Avenue bike lane to head up the hill. The grade was easy, but I wasn't able to go very fast:
Terrible light timing when going north on 2nd Avenue. #SEABikes— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) October 5, 2014
@zachshan Yeah, that's my experience too.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) October 5, 2014
I'd noticed that my rear derailleur wasn't working so well a while back, but it was pretty darn terrible now.
Rear derailleur is shifting terribly. Probably should've gotten a new chain with that cassette. #cycling— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) October 5, 2014
As it turns out, the problem was a fraying shifter cable. That one only seems to last six months for me. Can't wait to learn how to use bar-end shifters, as they're much less abusive on the cables.
While I crossed the Fremont Bridge along the sidewalk (the sanctioned way of doing so), some lady was wandering left and right while walking across and staring down at her phone. There was a minor argument, but receiving verbal abuse is better than injuring someone or getting injured.
When someone is giving all their attention to their mobile phone and wandering around aimlessly, they shouldn't get angry when alerted.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) October 5, 2014
People seem to forget that the outdoors is a very dynamic place.
At this hour, I should probably ride across the grated deck of the Fremont Bridge.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) October 5, 2014
I got home at about 23:00, then went to bed.