Birthday Party Trek

!King County Parks’ Burke-Gilman Sammamish River Trail. This is a great birthday party trek for kids that can ride bicycles. If you go from Marymoor Park up to the Red Hook Brewery, the current Lake Sammamish Trail never crosses a street for 10 miles. That’s a remarkably long way.

You can go from “Marymoor”: right by the tennis courts and pick up the trail there. From there, King County has done a great job of putting in underpasses for bicycles through all the major streets. It is about 7 miles and very flat up to the “Red Hook Brewery”: where they have the Forecasters Pub. It is open for kids during the day and it has good sandwiches, burgers, and of course beer too. Then it is another 4 miles or so up to the Bothell point where you can turn around, or make your way up into the Burke Gilman.

Go early on Saturday and Sunday with the kids and you avoid the bicyclists streaming through. Bring some food for the ducks too if you like.

Bicycle Saturday and Sundays

!Seattle Parks and Recreation: Activities – Bicycle Saturdays & Sundays. This is a great thing for those of you with kids in Seattle. They close off 6 miles of road on Lake Washington from Madrona to Seward Park on these dates. A great family activity. Here are the 2005 dates:

2005 DATES
– May 21
– June 11
– July 9
– August 13
– September 10
– May 15
– June 19
– July 17
– August 21
– September 18

Pacific Coast Route Map

Adventure Cycling Association. They have a really detailed set of maps that go from Vancouver BC to the LA area. Just $47 if you are non-member, $33 if you are a member of Adventure Cycling Association.

Also, they have GPS information you can load directly into a Garmin GPS unit or if you have Magellan, you can use a third party tools called “Oziexplorer”: that also lets you load third party maps. These are way cheaper than buying mapping information from Garmin or Magellan (although who knows how accurate). I’ve already spent for example $300 for a Magellan GPS and then $300 for various maps, so this is a real savings.

Seattle to San Francisco

Adventure Cycling Association. Hoops and I were thinking about going from Seattle to San Francisco. Adventure Cycling is a great organization that makes planning this easy.

They sell a complete map set. They also have a set of GPS coordinates that you can download. Very convenient. My buddy Jeff has a bicycle GPS made by Garmin and it is pretty neat. Nice not to get lost!

Snohomish County Rides

Community Transit Online – Smile and Ride. Had a great day doing a 90 miler with Dave and “Peter”: It was cold and riany and then incredibly windy, nevertheless, we got up to Everett and then Snohomish. Never did find Monroe and then Duvall and Carnation though.

Here are some notes on how to get to places:

# When you are coming up the Burke-Gilman Trail from Seattle, when you get to the Bothell rest area, take a left. This puts you on 175th and takes you thru Woodenville. This is actually a nice ride if you take it early in the AM or a terrible ride if you do later with all the traffic.
# You can get up the hill on Woodenville-Duvall Place and then take a right going east towards Duvall. This road, thanks to zillions of housing developments and no urban planning is incredibly busy, so be careful.
# At the next light, make a left at 165th, this puts you on the road to Snohomish County.
# You follow this road until you get to the Chevron (a couple of miles) and there is Paradise Lake Road, make a left instead and cross SR522 (be careful, during the day, this is just terrible unless you hit it early).
# Make a right at the T in the road and then look for Broadway. “Broadway”: winds and windws and takes you eventually to “Lowell Larimer Road”:, cross over the SR9 and you have a nice cruise up to Everett for about 10 miles.
# Eventually you end up at Lowell and the Lowell River Park, make a right and take Snohomish River Road back to Snohomish
# The road Ts into Airport Way, make a left and then the next right and then a right on Lincoln to get out of Snohomish.
# This becomes Old Snohomish-Duvall Road and in a little bit, you’ll end up in “Monroe”:
# Go through on Main Street and then make a right onto Lewis Street. This is the start of the very busy SR203. A mile or so out of town, make a right a Tualco Rd to get out of the traffic. This then becomes Crescent and deadends into W Snoqualmie Valley Road. Its a climb up but worth it.

Now you are in the Snoqualmie Valley, so you get take W Snoqaulmie Valley Road back to King County and eventually Carnation, then across to Issaquah-Fall City Road and eventually through Pine Lake and back to East Sammamish Way.

What a ride. We actually miseed the Lincoln area ride because I got confused and was looking for the way to Monroe. We’ll to try it again sometime.

Bicycle Maps

Maps and Routes. As part of getting ready for the STP, it sure does mean that there are lots of routes to figure out. Here are some of the places to find routes:

* “Snohomish County”: A little hard to find, but these are the routes in Snohomish County. You get up there a variety of ways, but the easiest is to take the Burke-Gilman trail up to the top of the lake. Right at the Bothell rest stop, you go north on NE 175th, this takes you up through Woodenville to Fall City-Woodenville Road. A left on 165th will take up up into Snohomish County.

Another trick is to use routes that various rides have already marked. This is great because the road markers are still visible. So here are some centuries around town to add to the list:

* “Flying Wheels Century”: This is the classic century that folks use to prep for the one day STP. I’ve done this route quite a few times and it is great.
* “7 Hills of Kirkland”: This has lots more climbing, but this year they have the route for a century as well.
* “Chilly Hilly”: This is just 33 miles, but plenty of climbing.
* “STP”: One thing we like to do is to take pieces of the STP itself and train on them.