Chris Pountney rolled through Seattle Sunday on Day 486 (!) of a worldwide bicycle adventure that has so far taken him to three continents. As he was traveling through, he happened upon a Bike Works volunteer party held during Bicycle Sunday on Lake Washington Boulevard. Bike Works Volunteer Coordinator and super-friendly dude Davey Oil saw Chris pull up with his massively-loaded bike and yelled, “Hey, bike traveling guy, you want some watermelon?” So Chris came over and we chatted for a bit.
He started his journey in England and has been documenting his travels on his blog, which is a very inspiring read.
Unfortunately, he got some bad advice about Seattle and decided to pass through instead of staying for a while. But then again, maybe if he did that we would not have met! Here’s an excerpt from his Seattle entry:
I decided not to stick around too long in Seattle. My original plan was to spend today exploring the city and stay another night or two but from what I’d heard there wasn’t much to explore, so I decided to just bike on through and see what I could see on the way.
Seattle was a pleasant surprise. I was expecting not much but skyscrapers, an opinion formed primarily from the title sequence of the Tv show ‘Frasier’ and one which was proven very wrong. Seattle is a very green city, with good cycling routes and lots of green spaces. Of course there is a busy downtown and a lot of cars and concrete as with any city, but there is also a nice atmosphere and it was much, much nicer than I was expecting.
He had just come from Vancouver, BC and was headed to camp near Mount Rainier. Basically everything he owns is packed on his bike, which looks a whole lot different today than it did when he started (back when it was brand new).
Anyway, enjoy the rest of your travels, Chris! I’m now inspired to finally ride out to Mount Rainier. Funny how it takes someone cycling the world to remind you of the adventures just outside your own city.