Snowless in Seattle

Be careful what you wish for! I’ve said a few times on this blog how much I hope to get some winter bike riding it, but I didn’t think it would be at the expense of snowboarding! The resorts are technically open, but the conditions aren’t good enough to make the trip. We are not snow snobs, but we are free time snobs, so prioritization is the key. We could spend 5 hours of our day to drive, wait in lines, and get 4 runs of early-season skiing/riding in before we are fed up. Or we could spend 5 hours of our day biking for 4 hours with a 1-hour lunch/beer stop. No brainer!
Looks like bike weather

Looks like bike weather

Seattle hit a record high temperature of 63 on Sunday. It’s Junuary! Two weeks ago we were bundled up, but now we’re in bike shorts and t-shirts. Wild! The warm weather does not magically help the sun angle though. The harsh glare made riding on the crowded trail sort of stressful. Everyone was out today! In addition to the usual cyclists, runners, and walkers, I saw someone on an elliptical thingy and a surprising number of rollerbladers. Look at all these people at the park.
Busy Park

Busy Park

Why did my brand new camera make that cloudy spot? It eventually went away, but I will have to be more careful about getting sweat on the lens while it’s in my bike jersey.
I’ve mentioned some alternatives to riding to Red Hook, but today was the right day to make the trip. The trail is just too crowded in the summer. I’m not a very aggressive passer, so I get really frustrated when I hit congestion. The beautiful weather was motivation for a long yet not technical ride. Unlike most of our brewery trips, there is plenty of bike parking. However, what is the deal with the bathroom sink? Where am I supposed to set my helmet and gloves down while I wash my hands?
No counter space

No counter space

Hogged a whole rack to ourselves. There are at least 4 other racks.

Hogged a whole rack to ourselves. There are at least 4 other racks.

Chicken sandwich for lunch with a side of chicken wings

Chicken sandwich for lunch with a side of chicken wings

Until today, we have always picked up the Burke-Gilman trail at the bottom of Fremont. Today we tried something new. We went Green Lake to Ravenna, completely bypassing University of Washington and the ever-changing construction detours. It was fantastic! We came home this way too to avoid having to climb Fremont hill, but Ravenna Blvd turned out to be a comparable quad burner. Well, we have to get uphill somehow, and I think this is the new route.
There was too much traffic to pull over for photos. The Cascades peaked through the tree-lined trail. I saw a bald eagle, and there was a random rooster near one park. We both claimed to feel great after the 42 miler, but we both also were pretty worn out that evening and went to bed before 10. The forecast looks good for bike commuting all week to prepare for another ride on Saturday. Where to go next weekend?
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