Saturday, June 22, 2013

A variation on the Tour of Seattle

New kits on display at Redmond
A week before the Team Mang 150 (check out the next post),  Team Mangs and Team Alings were itching to put their newly received 2013 jerseys to work.  On the first ride of the summer, we decided to do a relaxed ride around Lake Washington - the traditional route, except we'd go counter clockwise to avoid the morning activities of the Seattle Rock and Roll Marathon on Lake Washington Blvd.  Our route took on Lake Samm's West side through Marymoor Park in Redmond, the Sammamish River Trail and a portion of the Burke Gilman Trail avoiding the most crowded sections south of Lake Forest Park.
The newbicycle lanes in North Seattle
Our route took us into Shoreline and down the Interurban Trail - through the newly constructed bicycle-only lanes of North Seattle paralleling Aurora Avenue north.  The lanes eventually became minimally-driven roads as it entered the Greenwood area on Fremont Avenue.  A quick left turn dropped us into Greenlake where we were supposed to have lunch at I Love Teriyaki on 34th Ave.

Realizing that lunch would delay us significantly (and because the Fremont Solstice Parade crowd was growing), we decided to forego a teriyaki lunch and just head straight back to Renton via the BG Trail, Madrona and down to Lake Washington Boulevard.  The day was pretty memorable as we biked for the first time with Harry's kids and nieces - all of whom were able to keep up with the hill climbs (37th in Factoria, Perkins Way in Shoreline, Seward Ave in Seattle) and the rolling hills of West Lake Sammamish Parkway and the other streets of Seattle.  
A long Team Mang train pulled by Fatima
A total of 63 miles on a glorious day with perfect temperatures at just the right speeds proved to be just what the doctor ordered.  As always, it's always a fun Team Mang ride!

Welcome summer!