I’m sure I am not the only “Ride Hard Grow Forth” rider who started gnawing on their fingernails after seeing photos and hearing stories of sludge and near-freezing temperatures during the Chilly Hilly. But fate was kind to riders who signed up for the 60-mile ride to raise funds for urban farming collective Alleycat Acres Saturday.
With weather that could hardly have been better, over 100 riders gathered in the Central District before heading out for a spin around Lake Washington. It was my first time doing the Lake Washington loop, and several people in my posse had never been on a ride longer than a few miles before.
Observations and lessons:
- Riding in downtown Bellevue was my least favorite part. Wide, scary roads and lots of people honking at us angrily. Out of the whole ride, it stood out clearly to me as the most uncomfortable place to ride.
- I need a new front derailer.
- Juanita Drive between Kirkland and Kenmore is fantastic and beautiful.
- Oh, so that’s why some people bring two spare tubes when they ride (poor Rodney!)
- Doing yoga before riding really does prevent sore muscles after. Doing yoga after chowing down doughnuts and coffee, however, produces less desirable effects.
- 60-mile bike rides that start and end two blocks from your house are the best.
- Urban farming and riding bikes are a great match. If you are getting discouraged about the state of the environment/public health/community, ride to the closest community garden and get dirty!
Big thanks to Sean and everyone else who sponsored, organized or volunteered to make this ride happen. There are more photos of the ride at the Flickr pool. If you went, add your own. What are your favorite (or least favorite) parts of the Lake Washington Loop? Please share.