My first of more than 30 miles in a month, due to weather.
More after the break…
Part 1: Outbound
I started this ride at about 05:30 since I was worried about the weather earlier, then headed south on my usual route south out of Seattle, with unrelenting headwinds keeping my progress slow.
The scent of Spring is definitely in the air.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) April 8, 2017
That feel when an industry has enough power to make the self-entitled behavior of its customers socially acceptable by the majority.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) April 8, 2017
Lots of wind debris on the trails. #seabikes— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) April 8, 2017
It was pretty uneventful until I got to Kent, when I had to switch to local streets because of a trail closure.
The Interurban Trail's going to be closed for a while, by the way. #seabikes— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) April 9, 2017
When I got to downtown Kent, I went over to the local Starbucks for some coffee before heading south along the trail again.
I'm at Starbucks in Kent, WA https://t.co/a8QpxkSrZp— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) April 8, 2017
Adjusting the fit to make the normal hand position on the ramps, since these bars are designed for that.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) April 8, 2017
The hoods of these brake levers are getting in the way, but I have some NOS Dia-Compe ones to try out.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) April 8, 2017
I had to partially unroll the hoods to alleviate hand pain.
By the time I got to Sumner, a storm started to roll in, with the southerly headwinds blowing rain right into my face. Since I didn't want to deal with that for an hour, I turned around and started heading back north.
Probably going to turn back here, as there's a storm coming.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) April 8, 2017
Part 2: Inbound
Rather than taking the same route I had taken before, I made my way through Pacific to get to the Interurban Trail, then took that to Auburn and the Green River Cyclery.
I'm at Green River Cyclery and the Busted Bike Cafe in Auburn, WA https://t.co/UCnPiABEB1— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) April 8, 2017
When I got there, a large Cascade Bicycle Club group ride was heading out, and they asked me to take their picture. (I later sent the more typical group photo to them, while keeping this more candid one for Flickr.)
Lots of cyclists out today.— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) April 8, 2017
And then I stayed a bit for coffee and discussion of handlebar positioning.
I proceeded north out of Auburn along the trail, then followed the 'official' detour around the trail closure…which was a 50 MPH suburban highway. Not sure who came up with that one, but the route I took earlier was much better.
The detour eventually lead to the recent branch added to the trail.
After getting back on the trail and taking it to Tukwila, I rode through Renton to get onto the Lake Washington Loop, which I hadn't been on in quite a while, then stuck to it all the way to Leschi.
Since I'd never been in the area when the Polka Dot Jersey was open, I decided to stop by the shop. As it turned out, the guy who disappeared after the mess with that custom Waterford works there now. I didn't push anything with that, though, since neither of us needed that kind of argument.
Just so happens someone I know works here. I had no idea! (@ The Polka Dot Jersey in Seattle, WA) https://t.co/oJ3iNXiCOQ— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) April 8, 2017
After leaving Leschi, I stuck to the Lake Washington Loop all the way to the University District.
My first ride of more than 30 miles in length in a month turned out pretty well. The headwinds didn't let me pace myself, either!— 竹下憲二 (@takeshita_kenji) April 9, 2017
Then I took the Burke-Gilman Trail home, with a quick stop in Fremont.