With the new fit utilizing new muscles, my range was cut a bit. I also only had so many hours to ride this morning. Thus, I just did a short exploratory ride along the East Lake Sammamish Trail, much of which still features a gravel surface.
I also didn't have a phone on me at all during the ride, so all the tweets are from after I got home.
More after the break…
I started 20 or so minutes later than usual since the bike fit I had the afternoon before ran long. This started with the Burke-Gilman Trail.
I did go on a shorter ride this morning after a different style of bicycle fit. The used muscle groups are different enough to be painful.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 26, 2015
The pain always went away when not pedaling, though, so it's not bad.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 26, 2015
The construction on SR-522 in Lake Forest Park continued from last weekend.
From time to time, I saw bits of drizzle. It wasn't really noticeable, and my wool sweater did an amazing job of keeping me warm.
Starting east of Bothell along the Sammamish River Trail, I ran through cloud after cloud of black flying insects. It would've been fine, except they kept sticking to my face because of the rain.
There were flying bugs all over the place on the Sammamish River Trail, and they kept sticking to my face because of the rain.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 26, 2015
When I got to Marymoor, I took a short break under some trees.
And then I headed through the park to the Sammamish River Trail.
I took the East Lake Sammamish Trail for the first time, and while the new pavement was smooth, the gravel was somehow more fun.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 26, 2015
As the paving is still underway, the smooth surface gave way to gravel a couple miles down the trail.
It was actually kind of fun, though.
Those 35mm Marathon Supreme tires definitely work well on packed gravel!— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 26, 2015
However, once I got closer to Issaquah, the rain strengthened. My wool sweater still did a good enough job of keeping me warm, of course.
It was a bit drizzly all morning, though the rain became more substantial when I got to Issaquah.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 26, 2015
The pavement also picked up again, and I was disappointed for some reason.
Since I didn't want to deal with traffic, I just went to the Tully's near the trail for some coffee and to ask for directions to the transit center.
I stopped for coffee at the Tully's adjacent to the trail, and asked a barista how to get to the transit center.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 26, 2015
Unfortunately, the directions she gave me sent me right through a major freeway interchange!
The route to the transit center she gave me was pretty scary, as I didn't know about the trail along SR-900. http://t.co/lhnatL16c3— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 26, 2015
Major freeway interchanges aren't good places for bicycles, after all!— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 26, 2015
I did safely make it to the transit center, and found a payphone with which I alerted my parents of my return to Seattle in time for meeting up with them later.
One of the muscles around my knee did feel a bit bad, but that's just acclimating to the new fit.
I only had so much time to ride this morning, so I had to take a bus back to Seattle.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 26, 2015
I got the idea of trying to locate a saddle cover with bag loop holes, and checked a couple of shops without any luck.
Not having a smartphone isn't so bad. Not having a mobile phone at all makes it hard for people to call one when one is out, though.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) July 26, 2015