Tour 2010 – day 15

Returning home —
cold, gray day

The final ride; the ride home. As I stated earlier, all routes within a days ride of home are famalier routes and well documented in these pages. So not really much to say about this days ride.  South Whidey was the most novel, I’ve ridden it a number of times but its been a while. I also tend to ride the side roads and on this day, tired and with a full days ride ahead I rode the most direct route, on the 525.  This road has a big wide shoulder and in the morning the traffic wasn’t too bad. It is far from flat though and it was cold and chilly this morning with rain constantly threatening.

Cold rain!
Hold off for just a little while longer.

It never did rain and after a couple of hours I made the ferry. The last ferry ride is the one I’m most familiar with having lived on Whidey Island and visiting the region often. Its also a short trip just over 15 minutes from Clinton to Mukilteo. Its a long, long hill out of Mukilteo, busy with traffic even after waiting for the ferry traffic to disperse.  I’d had Google Maps work out a route from the ferry dock to Kirkland and I have to say its route to an intersection with the Interurban trail was a new one to me and really great. It hit the Interurban right at the new crossing they up up at 128th street and from there I was one of my classic rides: Kirkland to the Interurban and I was able to toss the route printout and easily make my way home.  Which I did arrive home just after three with the clouds breaking up and a bit of sun shining through.

Grey day
returning home
sunbreaks as I arrive

So that’s it for the tour. I’ll make a couple more posts about it in the coming days and try to be a bit more timely with updating these posts and adding my pictures. Stay tuned. Let me leave the tour for now with this quote from Walt Whitman:

O highway I travel! O public road! do you say to me, Do not leave me?
Do you say, Venture not? If you leave me, you are lost?
Do you say, I am already prepared””I am well-beaten and undenied””adhere to me?

O public road! I say back, I am not afraid to leave you””yet I love you;

Song of the Open Road from Leaves of Grass.

Miles ridden today: 53.6
Total miles for the tour: 754.2

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