My first ride along the Kitsap Peninsula in quite some time.
More after the break…
Part 1: To Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal
As usual, I started at 05:00. I started heading south through Downtown, then crossed the Spokane Street Bridge to get to the trail that rounds West Seattle.
When I got to Duwamish Head, I was delighted to find the restrooms open.
The restrooms here are actually open!— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) September 12, 2015
From there, I headed south along the recently repaved Beach Drive, and eventually made it to the ferry terminal.
Barely made the ferry! (@ Fauntleroy Ferry Terminal in Seattle, WA) https://t.co/GYdxBGyyk9— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) September 12, 2015
While I made it just in time to get on behind the cars, a group of road cyclists in full kit was forced to wait for the next boat.
I chatted with another cyclist who was headed for Vashon instead. He was into Compass Cycles and other similar stuff, too.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) September 12, 2015
I had almost forgotten how much fun ferries are on bike rides.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) September 12, 2015
Part 2: Outbound
As I'd learned very well in the past, a ferry ride always involves a lot of hill climbing shortly after, and this was no exception. I only had to deal with so much before making a left to start heading south to Olalla
I had almost forgotten about the hills on Kitsap. Wow! #cycling— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) September 12, 2015
@zachshan They're doing road design like the Eastern US.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) September 12, 2015
I came this way primarily to visit this little place. (@ Olalla in olalla, WA) https://t.co/rW90kMuAXO— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) September 12, 2015
As you can see, I was again at sea level in Olalla. You can probably guess that there was a lot of hill climbing from there. It was even worse than the climb from the ferry!
The road went from asphalt to chipseal at the county line. This is to be expected.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) September 12, 2015
I passed through the edges of Gig Harbor before making it to Borgen Boulevard, all of which involved navigating roundabouts and roads with lanes that have been closed…since I was last in the area over a year ago. Borgen itself sent me down a steep hill to SR-16, but I made a left at the roundabout to get to the Cushman Powerline Trail.
Well before I got to the end of the trail I remembered, I got to a crosswalk which meant only one thing!
The Cushman Trail has been extended! #cycling— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) September 12, 2015
After chatting on a guy with a beautiful vintage steel bike, I headed along the new section of trail to find its end. It was at Borgen Boulevard again.
@zachshan Borgen Boulevard. It ended a ways further south last time I was out here.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) September 12, 2015
The Cushman Trail ends over here now, at a new trailhead. There is no curb ramp at its end, though.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) September 12, 2015
I chatted with someone a bit. He had been jogging out and back on the trail, and told me something awesome.
A local said that Pierce County intends to extend the Cushman Trail all the way to Port Orchard.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) September 12, 2015
With that done, I started heading back the way I had planned, to the end of the trail I remembered.
And then along the trail over its steep grades (relative to 'normal trails') through Gig Harbor and to the Tacoma Narrows Bridge. After crossing the bridge, I stopped at the park through which the Scott Pierson Trail goes.
I'm at War Memorial Park in Tacoma, WA https://t.co/MOfsHIUGSs— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) September 12, 2015
After riding a little while parallel to the trail to avoid crosswalks, I decided to look for a cold refreshment as I was running rather hot. I managed to find a Sonic Drive-in within a few suburban blocks of the trail and headed for the drive-through. Unfortunately, the sensor didn't pick me up so I went to one of the drive-in slots. (The driver behind me in the drive-through was nice about the delay.)
I then jumped back onto the trail, seeing some stuff going on.
There was a half marathon going on along the Scott Pierson Trail, complete with police directing traffic.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) September 12, 2015
After the end of the trail, I took my normal route down the big hill through downtown Tacoma, stopping a couple times to get photos of some of the old railroad stuff there.
And the new commuter rail tracks.
And the Milwaukee Road Trestle,
After crossing the Puyallup River on old US 99, I was stopped by a road closure.
My usual route through Fife is closed. I am not amused.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) September 12, 2015
Going back to the old highway, I followed the 'trail' there.
Which turned into a bike lane…that pedestrians are told to use.
I had to deal with crossing I-5 via freeway interchange thanks to the closure, but it was painless because the right combination of lights was red. After that crossing, I was back on-route.
When I got to Puyallup, I noticed that the old bridge was now moved out of its original location.
Rather than demolishing the old bridge across the Puyallup River, @wsdot simply moved it out of the way.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) September 12, 2015
I then followed my usual route to Sumner, and went to the downtown for ice cream. Since I hadn't been setting an alarm like usual to remind me to eat, I was running low on energy a lot on this ride. Oops.
Need some ice cream. Should've gotten it earlier. (@ Dairy Freeze in Sumner, WA) https://t.co/MDQGBBM7Lr— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) September 12, 2015
At the Dairy Freeze, I noticed that a wasp had been splatted on my water bottle.
Part 3: Inbound
With the sugar in my system, I proceeded to zip up the West Valley Highway, then up the Interurban Trail. While on the trail, I found a memorial for the victim of the stabbing that happened shortly before my ride in early July.
Even with the sugar, however, I eventually started having trouble against a nasty headwind I was fighting in the northern part of the valley. I decided to get a quadruple iced americano, which proved to be a mistake as I would find out later.
Need a coffee boost against the wind. (@ Starbucks in Kent, WA) https://t.co/zy6T6nh8Ul— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) September 12, 2015
After riding for a bit from the Starbucks, the clicking in my pedal that had been going on ever since last Saturday was getting rather annoying, so I went to a bike shop I remembered from a ride long ago.
I think my right pedal's bearings need to be rebuilt. Cycle Therapy (bike shop) suggested that after I told them about the noise. #cycling— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) September 12, 2015
The detour eventually dropped me in downtown Kent where I acquired more water at yet another Starbucks before zipping up along the trail.
When I got to Tukwila near the train station, I left the trail for the Lake Washington Loop. The route I'd been using kind of irked me as it sent me through Boeing's private property, so I just followed the road instead.
Even though it resulted in a bit of backtracking, I think I like this new route more.
After passing through northern Kent and skirting the edge of downtown Renton, I headed along the Lake Washington loop. The coffee was really overpowering my system and I was sweating, huffing, and puffing like mad. It eventually got to the point where, after climbing over the ridge to get away from Lake Washington, I had to take a short break.
That Americano was too much. I need to take a short break.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) September 12, 2015
After passing through Montlake, I had to ride on Boyer because of the closure of a freeway overpass, which was fine. I was pretty burned out due to the caffeine forcing me to exhaust my energy supplies.
Ended up resurrecting my Boyer bypass because WSDOT broke the Lake Washington Loop again. #seabikes— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) September 13, 2015
After crossing the University Bridge, I headed home the normal way. When I was at the bottom of the final hill, I had to stop again due to extreme hot foot in my toes.
HOT FOOT! #cycling— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) September 13, 2015
Ever since that happened, I've started leaving the shoe strap above my toes loose to allow for some freedom. It may also be a bike fit issue, as a bike I've had fitted since this ride ended up with a saddle about 1cm lower than the Double Cross I was riding. (The ~1cm raise on the Double Cross is from when I had the custom insoles made after the first fit with the same guy who fitted said new bike.)
Shortly after, I arrived at home. Despite the hot foot, this ended up being a pretty awesome ride.
Came home to my next issue of Bicycle Quarterly. Nice!— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) September 13, 2015
Does hot foot eventually go away with a lot of riding? I'd imagine callouses would eventually form. #cycling— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) September 13, 2015
I'm fairly confident that I didn't eat frequently enough to keep my energy up on today's ride. Time to start setting the food alarm again.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) September 13, 2015