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First real ride this spring

Monday, April 25th, 2011

First real spring ride 09

Can’t help whistling, the morning, the woods, how blue. -Hōsai Ozaki

As I’ve noted earlier this has been a long, cold, wet winter in which I’ve been extremely busy with a project at work.  All of these conditions have added up to the slowest cycling spring I’ve had in years.  Well things have finally slowed down a bit at work and I’ve begun working on the bicycle a bit and taking a few rides. Last weekend the temperatures got into the mid 60s(f) and I was free from work so I took a opportunity to get in a real ride; the first real ride of this spring.  I’d had no set plans; I just wanted to try to get out in the nice weather for a good long meander. Well that and I knew I wanted to stop at the Issaquah Brewhouse at some point. First thing though I needed to do a bit of work on the Atlantis.

IRD Derailleur

A new front derailleur

After a winter of commuting there always is a certain amount of work that needs to be done on the bicycle, at the very least some cleanup. I’d adjusted my brakes and done a basic cleaning two weekends ago, but my derailleur was no longer shifting to the inner ring, no matter how I adjusted it.  A lot of the components on the Atlantis are approaching 20,000 miles which seems like a good long run so I’ve been just replacing them as need and opportunity arises.  I’d ordered an IRD Front derailleur from Rivendell Bicycle Works, which came in this cute little bag (pictured above).  I imagine this little bag is great for hanging on store racks and provided me with a little bag so I’m all for it. Replacing this part was trivial: I mounted it on a front derailler clamp that I’d also bought from Riv, attached the shifter cable, made a couple of adjustments and was done. I’d say I spent 15 minutes tops on this repair and now front shifting is super smooth across the full range of gears.   It was after noon at this point and starting to get warm. I packed some extra clothes as I knew it’d cool down after the sun set but set off in shorts, a seersucker and fingerless gloves – the first ride in shorts and short gloves this year.

First real spring ride 01

Looking down on Lake Washington

Now the first part of any ride from my place puts me either heading north or south on Lake Washington Loop or striking east across Rose Hill to Redmond.  These routes have become so familiar I can do them in my sleep.  I set out on south Lake Washington Loop, for as I stated in the intro I meant to hit Issaquah at some point and heading south would give me several options to get over to Issaquah. I wanted multiple options regarding the length of the ride as while keeping up the commuting has helped keep my endurance from not completely disappearing over the winter, the lack of longer rides and the toll of too many late nights at work meant I wasn’t sure how I’d last.  Anyway Lake Washington Loop was super busy – its a popular ride, especially among those  just making their first forays beyond trail riding, and as I’ve said, this was the first real nice day of the year. Everyone seemed so happy to be out on such a nice day, even the roadies kitted out for le Tour would smile and wave as I  (an unapologetic phred) rode past. I wanted off the Loop though so after about 10 miles I headed east into the small town of Newcastle which begins with a steep climb to a nice lookout above the lake. It was really nice and warm now so I stopped to remove my socks, a sign of the temps being in the mid to upper 60s – my favorite riding weather.

First real spring ride 05

Early section of May Valley Road

This route, which I believe I modified from a Randonneuring route (Rando routes are a great resource; check out your local Rando group for tons of route ideas), wends through some back routes of Newcastle, has a brief section on Coal Creek Parkway and then turns onto May Valley Road. This was where I wanted to ride on this day: beautiful country roads, through May Valley which is mostly farmland and horse pasture and is one of my favorite place to ride on sunny warm days.  Usually you just see the occasional cyclist, or motorcyclist out enjoying these roads with only the occasional car. There was a bit more traffic today and definitely a few more cyclists than normal – again I lay this all on the fact that its the first nice day and everybody wants to get out. Further evidence for this mounted as everywhere I went it was packed with people, since after a good long string of nice days these places become a lot less frequently visited as people either stay home, do something else or look further afield. Anyway May Valley Road is a nice road to ride and with its mix of sun and shade, fantastic on a sunny days.

 

First real spring ride 06

Atlantis post chain repair

About half way down the road I was flagged down at a section where Comcast was doing was work on a telephone pole. As I was allowed to pass I stood on the pedals and my chain broke. Not sure exactly what caused this breakage, it could have just been my chain was worn from a winters worth of commuting, or I’d weakened it when I broke it to put the new derailleur in, but whatever the cause it was time for some roadside repair. I always use SRAM chains and I always have quicklinks on hand, so this was a quick and painless fix.  I even had a small section of chain in my tool bag so with that and a couple of quicklinks, I was back on the road with my chain not shortened a bit. The farm and pasture land continues for a bit longer and then becomes increasingly wooded. Toward the end you pass the Squak Mountain State Park and then the route finally ends when it intersects with the Issaquah Hobart Road which runs inbetween Squak and Tiger Mountains.

First real spring ride 08

May Valley Road

The Issaquah-Hobart Road is always busy with cars, from those out enjoying all the hiking and other activities along the road plus those just cutting between Issaquah and parts south. This day was no exception, again most likely abetted by the nice weather. At Tiger Mountain, the para-gliders were out in force and the cars overflowed all of the parking lots and lined the roads. I stopped at the Tiger Mountain parking lots and took a few pictures of the para-gliders but my digital camera, which I had thought had died actually, suddenly no longer would zoom. It seems the issue the camera is having is with the motorized lens and it would go into an error state whenever I’d zoom, or often just turn it on.  With the camera giving me such grief I mostly stopped taking pictures of the ride at this point.

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Parasail landing below Tiger Mountain

 

Eleven Year FrogIt was only a couple of miles into Issaquah and as intended I made my way to the Issaquah Brewhouse, which, as with everything this day, was packed. Now it is often packed at lunchtime, especially on nice days, but here it was 3:30-ish and they were taking names at the door. Luckily I squeezed in at the bar and had a nice cold, Juniper Pale Ale to wash down the road dust. I spent about an hour and a half there and had a plate of onion rings and a couple more beers: Issaquah Brewhouse’s own 11 Year Frog (pictured at left) and a New Belgium Trip IV, which was really chocolaty. The sun was a bit lower in the sky, but it was still nice and warm as I left and took the eastern side of Lake Sammamish Drive.  This is another super frequent route for myself, (one which I’ve written about before), but on a sunny day, along the lake, its always a nice ride, with its gently rolling hills. Its about ten miles from Issaquah to Redmond and the miles just swiftly rolled by. In Redmond I stopped at the Malt & Vine (about which more later) for some reinforcements and post-ride refreshment and then took a rather circuitous route home through Woodinville where I ran some errands. I finally made it home after dark, around 9:30pm after full on day of riding and pubcrawling. It’s good to be back and even though the temps have dropped ten degrees and its back to raining, it finally feels like spring.

Total miles ridden:  57.00
See more pictures from this ride in my First Ride of Spring Flickr set.

An epic journey through Snoqualmie Pass – part 1

Tuesday, August 28th, 2007

My Atlantis as I set outOn Saturday I did the ride that I meant to do a couple of weeks ago when I discovered that cracked rim.  This was a ride to Issaquah, taking the trails up to Snoqualmie and then to Rattlesnake Lake and finally ride the Iron Horse trail through the tunnel that goes through Snoqualmie Pass.  This is one of my favorite rides and one that I worked out for myself a couple of years back. It involves four different trails, mixed terrain a lot of gradual climbing and spectacular scenery.  However before this day I had never put all the parts completely together and had never ridden through the tunnel. I had done the ride up to Rattlesnake Lake earlier this summer, but on that ride it was quite late when I reached the lake and I would have gotten back quite late. Of course as it turns out that is what happened this time as well…

As I reported earlier my chain broke the day before this ride so the day began with a ride down to the Kirkland branch of Montlake Bicycle Shop on my Safari. I picked up a new chain and some spare powerlinks and returned home to put these on. As I’ve reported before I’m rather adverse to the early start but for some reason I’ve been waking up early on Saturdays. Must be the excitement of not working. Anyway I had gotten up made breakfast did some web surfing, listened to some NPR and replaced my chain before heading out at 10 am. Still late by most cyclists standards, but leaving home before noon is early for me. It was fully overcast and somewhat cool with a chance of showers predicted so I put on wool socks and packed my rain jacket as I set out. This turned out to be a fortuitous choice.

Lake WA Loop signI knew from my earlier ride to Rattlesnake Lake that it would have been over 70 miles to the end of the tunnel (less for the return trip, hooray for loop rides) so I took what I knew was the shortest route there. Pretty much I took the Lake Washington Loop to the I-90 trail, to Issaquah.  This route is pretty suburban, especially the I-90 trail. You have to go through Bellevue on the Loop and then there is a nice section through a wooded area and at the I-90 bridge you turn onto the I-90 trail. This goes through Factoria, which is pretty much suburban hell.  The trail pretty much isn’t a trail through most of Factoria and you ride on the bike lanes in the road and if you followed the signage, sidewalks. Otherwise you make your way through the car dealers, strip malls and parking lots. Eventually you get on a section of actual trail that runs  parallel to the I-90. When going to Issaquah I don’t stay on it long and at a pedestrian overpass I cross over to Newport way. This is a nice downhill from this point which goes past the Zoo Hill climb turnoff, right into Issaquah. It’s about 17 miles total to Front Street about 4-5 miles less then the other route I take (Kirkland->Redmond->East Lake Sammamish Pkwy->Issaquah). It was during my time on the I-90 trail that I discovered that I hadn’t returned my SD card to my digital camera rendering it an expensive paperweight for this trip. Also I saw that I hadn’t recharged the iPhone for a number of days and it was only about half charged. There was not going to be much documentation of this trip. So some of these pictures are from my cameraphone but most of the ones of the trails are from that earlier trip.

A Pomme LambicIt was almost noon now and due to the early breakfast and riding I was ready for lunch. So back to my old friend, the Issaquah Brewhouse. This time I was early enough that there was no crowd. I got an Imperial Porter and ordered Fish Tacos right off.  I followed this up with a Lindemans Pomme Lambic for desert 🙂 Still I ended up spending way too much time here. Service was slow and while I enjoyed the food and beer very much I spent too long here. Especially as I then wandered around Issaquah looking for a place to buy an SD card. I didn’t succeed as I didn’t want to backtrack to the shopping malls. I figured I’d be able to find one in Snoqualmie, or North Bend or maybe the outlet mall up there. So after eating a strange ice cream cone that they squeezed out of a tube, I hit the road.

Wending through the Issaquah streets I made my way to the beginning of the Issaquah-HighpointStart of the Issaquah Highpoint trail trail. This trail starts at an I-90 freeway ramp that they basically have separated the shoulder from the street. It then turns into a very nice pedestrian overpass and a nice trailhead on the northern side. Then the trail proper begins, which is a hard packed dirt and gravel trail that runs through the woods along I-90. As with all of these old railways these constantly climb at a gentle rate. Not sure if I was just tired or what at this point but I found I was not making very good time on this trail. This was to repeat itself on all the trails I would ride this day. This trail runs by a stream and through the woods its short length (about 4 miles) and then ends at a little parking area just off a freeway ramp. From here you ride for another four miles or so on frontage roads until you reach the Preston-Snoqualamie trail. This frontage road opens with a short steep climb and then is rolling hills through some nice countryside, it curves away from I-90 so the freeway isn’t so dominating.

A typical scene on the Preston-Snoqualmie TrailThe Preston-Snoqualmie trail is maybe my all time favorite trail. It is paved, it runs through woods away from the highway and is pretty lightly traveled. It has two distinct sections with a little bit on the shoulder of a road then a single-tracked switchback climb then another paved section through deep woods. The trail ends abruptly near a scenic overlook of Snoqualmie Falls. If one skits around the fence that blocks the end of the trail there is a path that continues for a ways then ends at an old train trestle over a serious gorge. The trestle seems very strong, and stable and I’ve walked a bit of a ways out on it. I’m not a big fan of heights but it did seem like you could walk all the way across it. If only they would continue the trail it would go right to Snoqualmie and would really improve the trip up the pass. As it is one has several options from this point. You can go back on the trail to the last road crossing and head down to Fall City. From their you can get on the Snoqualmie Valley trail up to Snoqualmie or take the Snoqualmie-Fall City road. Either way its quite a bit out of the way. The other option, which I did on this trip (and the previous for that matter) is to take a little hike up to Snoqualmie Ridge.

A trail up to Snoqualmie RidgeSnoqualmie Ridge is this rather horrific housing community built up on a ridge outside of the (much more working class and quaint) city of Snoqualmie. It is centered around a golf course (don’t get me started) and the houses are all of that cookie cutter, same floorplan, different color, exact same sculpted lawn, housing association disaster. Kamazotz was supposed to be a warning not a model! Anyway on the far side of this monstrosity is a small park and a wood area. This is above the Preston-Snoqualmie trail and a number of trails run down through the woods connect the park to the regional trail. These trails are loosely packed dirt and beauty bark and seem to always be wet, heavy and pretty much a steep climb the whole way. So I tend to push my bicycle the bulk of the way which as it’s only a bit over a mile is perfectly fine. Still tough though, it’s amazing how much easier it iWhitaker Parks to ride scores of miles, but pushing you bicycle uphill for a mile is a real corker. The path ends at Whitaker park which is open to Kamazotz on one side but an power line route to the north opens an amazing vista into Snoqualmie Valley. A real stunning view and after that hill a nice place for a break.

After a short time I head out riding through the identical houses of Snoqualmie Ridge, that flank yet another stiff climb. Today it was packed with cars and it turned out that there was some sort of golf tournament going on and as I rode through the development I was flanked by tourists, SUVs and golfers. Horrific. I got out as soon as I could and enjoyed the mile long or so descent into the city of Snoqualmie. Again I tried to find some SD cards and again I failed. Yet more time was lost. Snoqualmie is a cute little town with a train museum and touristy shops but it still contains a lot of its working class flavor. I did see the Snoqualmie Brewing Taproom which I sense will be an upcoming destination…

Between Snoqualmie and the equally quaint town of North Bend is some road riding. You can of course find your way to theThe Mar T Upper Snoqualmie Valley Trail (head toward the falls and turn onto Tokul road) but I find the road route to be quicker, easier and a bit of a break from the trails. Plus I like to ride through Snoqualmie and North Bend. North Bend is where Twin Peaks was filmed and you ride right past the diner that was used for the exterior shots of the Mar T. You ride right through downtown North Bend taking a left at the light kittycorner from the Mar T. The road continues till it eventually intersects with the I-90. However after a bit a paved bicycle path appears on the right and if you follow that it turns onto a much less traveled suburban road. Following this route you end up at the same point as the road you were previously on but with a lot less travel. At the road where turning right takes you to the I-90 you go left and you’ll come right to an entrance of the Upper Snoqualmie Valley trail. It also turns out you can go right cross the freeway and with some stiff clinbing end up at the same place. Better route for the return trip, so it was the trail to me.

The SVTThe Snoqualmie Valley Trail is a gravel surfaced trail that begins in Monroe way at the western end of the valley and slowly climbs all the way up to Snoqualmie. Then you do a bit of road and can get on the Upper Snoqualmie Valley trail, which runs through North Bend and ends at the state park at Rattlesnake Lake completing the trails 29 miles. When I hopped on the trail it was about 4-5 miles to Rattlesnake Lake. Again I was making pretty slow progress, the gravel and slight incline working against me. Also what with the long delay in Issaquah and the hunt for the SD card in Snoqualmie and North Bend I was pushing it for time. Finally I arrived at Rattlesnake Lake at around 4pm. The Iron Horse State Park begins here with the John Wayne Memorial Trail. This park is basically a gravel path along the old Chicago-Milwaukee-St. Paul-Pacific Railroad route that stretches over a hundred miles all the way to the Columbia River. This parallels in part I-90 as it crosses Snoqualmie Pass. The Iron Horse Trail does that whole climb and then culminates in a two mile long tunnel through the mountain. Once through you have crossed the mountains and are in Eastern Washington.

Stay tuned for the exciting trip through the tunnel and back. Until then check out my Flickr gallery from this ride and my gallery of this route on my cycling site.

TPMD – Issaquah Brewhouse

Thursday, August 16th, 2007

Issaquah Brewhouse logoLast weekend I had an ambitious riding trip planned that I had to abort due to a cracked rear rim. You can read the whole story here but a trip to the Issaquah Brewhouse was always part of the plan.  The first time I ever rode to Issaquah I found this brew house and on discovering it was a Rogue outlet it became a feature of any trip that routed through Issaquah. Rogue is one of the great American brewers with several world class beers. Their Shakespeare Stout is the best oatmeal stout I’ve ever had and when one looks at the amount of nation and international awards that it has won I’m not alone in that opinion. They have a great porter, a hardcore, yet still drinkable barleywine and one of the few lagers I can get behind. But what’s really striking about Rogue is their willingness to experiment. They have dozens of bottled beers and even more on tap. Not to mention an endless stream of one-offs from their brewmaster, John Maier. They are always trying new things and as with all experiments they have a lot of failures. Oddly enough a lot of these failures stick around so I guess they appeal beyond my tastes. They also have a pretty good menu of kicked up pub-fare though I haven’t explored it very thoroughly.

This trip I stuck with some of their limited edition special beers getting a pint of their Brew 10,000 first off. I had seen this bottled in a ceramic 22oz bottle for around US$20.00. That price had kept me from actually trying it so I was pleased to get a chance to sample it at the more reasonable pint price. A strongish ale with a distinct hopping it was kind of like a strong IPA with a bit less hops. Very nice and something I would drink again. It is supposed to be a one-off though to celebrate the breweries ten thousandth brew.  I followed this up with a selection from John’s Locker Stock, an Imperial Porter. Porters are my overall favorite style of beer and it was a big part of how I judge any brewery. Rogue’s excellent Mocha Porter is a permanent part of their lineup but this special brew was suppose to be something special. I have to say it wasn’t bad, but it was not Mocha Porter and certainly not approaching the truly great porters. The recipe for this was even more malty then your average porter and more strongly hopped. It struck me as a beer then didn’t quite know what it was. It didn’t really have the alkaline neutrality that I associate with the best porters and the higher hoppiness just didn’t sit right. It kind of reminded me of an out of balance IPA. Okay but nothing they should add to their line.

The bar

I had intended to get lunch here and I arrived right around when I like to eat lunch. They were quite busy and I was informed as I sat that the kitchen was running around forty minutes. Well I was hungry so ordering right away was key. They took a beer order from me and then preceded to ignore me until this was empty. At that point I was asked if I wanted another beer (which I did, the Imperial Porter) but this was quickly done as my server was carrying out another order. At this point I had decided that I’d drink this beer and head somewhere else for food. The forty minute wait from this point just wasn’t worth it. They were quite busy and I’m sure if I’d been more aggressive I would have been able to order no problem, but that’s just not my style. This isn’t the first time I’ve had issues getting food here – they really seem reluctant to do so. Odd, but they make their money slinging beers. It gave me a chance to finally go to Pogacha which was another think I’d been meaning to do. I think basically when one orders one’s beer here you should state you want to get food (if you do) and not count on them asking for your order. Still highly recommended for the beer selection.

You can find a few more pictures of the Brewhouse here and use this map to find your way to the Issaquah Brewhouse.

Todays Adventure: Crack, beer and the Zoo

Wednesday, August 15th, 2007

The titular zooI had decided to ride up to Snoqualmie pass on the Iron Horse Trail and riding through the tunnel this weekend. I set out (late as usual, but not so later for me) but this interminable noise from my bicycle forced me to pull over and give it a once over to see if I could figure it out. After much examination I discovered a crack in my rear rim right at a spoke nipple. Well this more or less killed those plans, but then I thought what if I could get a new wheel made? So I called up Sammamish Valley Cycles on my cell and told them I was out and about and found a crack in my rim. They agreed to see me so I rode over to their shop in Redmond. They examined my rim and informed me that my conclusion was correct – I needed a new wheel. Then they told me they’d have it by Thursday and I could leave the bicycle there. I informed them that I was out riding right now and so they asked me to bring it back. Concerned over it’s eminent failure they assured me it would be fine, if I avoid doing any technical off-roading anyway. So I decided to revise my plans, not wanting to be as far away and riding so much on graveled trails as my initial plan called for. So I decided to ride to Issaquah for lunch and see how things would go from there.

Issaquah Brewhouse SignIt was a really nice day today, sunny a bit of a breeze but not too hot. August is usually the hottest month of the year and many times won’t rain all month. This was not the case this year as it had rained plenty and had been downright cold for many of the days. Most days were reaching only the low to mid 70s (f) which let me tell you is fine by me. Perfect riding for me is mid to upper 60s so it wasn’t too far from that. I rode through Redmond and on to East Lake Sammamish Way which is a familiar and easy route to Issaquah. I saw quite a few riders going the other direction, many seemed to have some sort of number on their bicycle – some sort of organized ride must have been going on. Reaching the point where E. Lake Samm way intersects with I-90 I jumped onto the East Lk. Sammamish trail and took that gravel route under the freeway. Wandering through the side streets of Issaquah I made my way to the Issaquah Brewhouse which is a Rogue Brewing outlet. Finding this in Issaquah was one of my great discoveries from my early days of getting back into cycling. I found it the first time I did the Lk. Samm Loop in which I had swung into Issaquah. Great beers and good food at a convenient location for many of my cycling adventures.  They were alas really busy and I ended up just having a couple of beers and then getting lunch elsewhere. But more on them in another post.

PogachaSo after a couple of beers I headed over to Pogacha which is a Croation pizza place. They have a restaurant in Bellevue that a friend had introduced me to years ago. Pogachas are a potato based flatbread that they cook in a wood fired oven. They make very simple and flavorful pizzas with them. The Croatian spices and the style which seems to owe a lot to traditional Italian cooking makes for wonderful food. The Issaquah branch is right at the end of the Lk. Sammamish trail (convenient) and while I have ridden by it many times, this was the first time I actually stopped there. It turned out to be happy hour so into the bar I went and got yet more beer. Along with that I had a  Tomato & Fresh Basil pogacha which was priced right and filled me up. After all this excess of beer and food I felt the need to work it off. So I decided to ride the infamous “Zoo” hill.

At the base of Couger Mountain there is a small zoo and the sign with that single wordZoo on it gave this ride it’s name. Three miles of climbing, with 1243 feet of climbing with an average grade of 9%. Sections of this climb approach a 20% grade and there are few flat or downhill segments on it (though there are a few). I rode through Issaquah and let me tell you I was feeling those beers. I easily found the route, as I had seen those zoo signs on other trips. Riding up Newport way the route already begins to climb, but this is the sort of gentle incline that one can maintain a fine pace up. Shortly I came across the turnoff and the sign for the zoo. The climb pulls no punches and starts right off with a good steep section (see the whole elevation profile over at Bicycle Climbs). The road curves around, gets a bit steeper and then you pass the titular zoo. Then the real climbing begins as you dive into thick woods and sharp switchbacks. These switchbacks go around deeply cut canyons and the occasional car keeps you from drifting around these. There are no breaks on this climb. Luckily the traffic is occasional and I had no issues with cars. After a couple more of these switchbacks there is a ninety degree turn and then a long straight section. Straight but not flat. In this section there are a couple of flatter bits and one short downhill. But then just as one approaches the two mile mark, as if one needed any further proof that there is no god, are some of the steepest sections. It is worth noting at this time that I was under the impression that this climb was just over two miles long . Cresting what I thought was the last hill (and at around 2.4 miles) I approached a stop sign before which was a spray painted note “final ascent”.

The beginning of Zoo hill 

So I turned left onto SE Cougar Mt road and continued to ascend. Once again there is not letup at the end as several segments at this point were among the steepest. And one segment was among the steepest – a near 20% grade for a short time at nearly three miles of continuous climbing. Then things flatten out and even a bit of a descent. Then the road turns to gravel. Not much of a marker for the end, but I figured this must be it. There was a trailhead for a cougar mountain hike so a chained my bicycle to it and collapsed on a log. I have to say that I have never felt closer to simply expiring on the spot as I had at this moment. Dizzy, weak and thoroughly exhausted I was totally destroyed. My head kept spinning so I grabbed a bottle of lukewarm Gatorade (the blue flavor) and walked up the trail for a .6 mile hike. I was given the option of the Nike missile site or a “Million Dollar View”, well not being a fan of the military industrial complex I chose the view. Not really sure if I ever encountered this but not too long I came to the top of the hill where a former army base had been. I walked around a bit then just laid in the grass for a while. Eventually I felt recovered and hiked back to my bicycle.

My Atlantis at the the trailhead 

I was feeling okay, but just completely sapped. Instead of trying to work out a connector I  rode down the route I had just ridden up. For one I wanted to be certain of the length, that the climb hadn’t forced the numbers out of my head. I was correct it was almost exactly three miles. The other thing was after doing that climb I need to just ride down it – like counting coup. Anyway I knew that Newport way was below and from there the I-90 trail – probably the easiest route back. And I needed an easy route, sapped as I was – even the merest hint of an incline reduced my to a pathetic pace. Basically from this point I slowly made my way home – I-90 trail, Lk. WA loop then Kirkland. I stopped at a convenience store for water then Whole Foods in Bellevue for dinner. The sad aftermath of the whole affair was that something I ate, most likely the take away from Whole Foods, gave me food poisoning rendering my evening a loss. But it was an epic day and it certainly made me pine for when I was in better shape then I am now.

This entire ride was 42 miles (67.6km).