This blog is my attempt to journal our rides each season. TEam MANG (timang) is a very informal club - the one requirement is that you love to ride your bike (all types)...and do other things like eat and hang out and be silly. The term "Mang" is commonly used in the Filipino language to address older gentlemen but we're not gender or ethnic exclusive. We welcome women, too - we call them Team "Aling". Overall, we're just BFF's (bicycling with friends for fun).
Saturday, June 16, 2012
2012 June 16 - Iron Horse Trail and Picnic
The 4 guys who completed the whole ride
The team decided to do a break after the Flying Wheels Classic and take some time to relax. They scheduled a supposedly "easy" 22 mile ride from RattleSnake Lake in North Bend to the Snoqualmie Tunnel along the famous John Wayne Trail, AKA - the Iron Horse Trail. The journey up to the tunnel was an uphill slog - hardly noticeable because the pitch is ever so slight - until you're tired from spinning your wheels. Not all of the team made it to the tunnel but since it's an in-and-out ride, there was no chance of being left behind or getting lost.
Picnicking with the families after the ride
Some of the women did a hike up Mount Si - yes, that mountain: 4 miles of hiking each way. Both the lead bike team and the women made it back to Rattlesnake Lake around 1:30 PM (they started out around 8 AM). The ride was tiring but it was a good way to unwind. Some of the team members who didn't ride secured a table and got the food ready for the whole team to hang out, eat and just have great conversation - all this in spite of the weather - a few showers here and there.