Cycling Advocates Ride to Pro Walk Pro Bike 2006

Daily Trip Log

from Vancouver B.C. to Madison, Wisconsin and then on to Chicago.

Now, on the way home with stops for cycling in Santa Fe, Sacramento and the wine country, and then Seattle. From there by bicycle back home.

Picture of Vancouver, BC

Grouse Mountain Vancouver B.C.

Seattle , WA and Looping Lake Washington
Date: 2006-10-06
Distance: 85 Kilometres
Cycling Time: 4.24 Hours
Average Speed: 20.02 kph
  Trip Distance since Leaving Vancouver - 5,397 Kilometres  

Thoughts for the Day



Bike Lanes, narrow traffic lanes, I-90 Trail, Sammamish Trail, Burke-Gilman Trail

  In past visits to Seattle I have had the opportunity to cycle part of the Burke-Gilman and Sammamish Trails. Today my objective was to do a loop starting with crossing Lake Washington on the I-90 Trail and then connect on to the Sammamish Trail. On the way to Bothell and the Burke-Gilman Trail, a quick stop in at the Chateau Site. Michelle for a couple of bottles of red wine. The objective was to be back at the onset of darkness, preferably before the Pike Market closes at 6:00 pm. It would be desirable to stop there for some late night food snacks. Sushi and some French bread would do good.

Well, at ten minute to 6:00 pm. I arrived at the market and purchased the desired food.

The day was cool with heavy overcast clouds. Showers were in the forecast and supposedly to disappear as the day moves on. In Bellevue, I got quite wet needing wet gear. By the time I made it to the market, the clothes and shoes were dry again. Clothing was changed a few times along the trip accommodating the changes in weather.

I set off with bike maps for Seattle and King County and picked up one for Bellevue. It was a good thing. While signs were plentiful in some areas, they were lacking where one really needed them.

  The ride was enjoyable with plenty of hills for exercise, especially in Bellevue which had some long, steep ones.

While a significant portion of the trip was on designated trails there still need to be some more for a continuous off-road loop. That would be really good.

The I-90 Trail was really enjoyable being part of the interstate highway but still physically separated from traffic lanes.

  As I returned it was time for people to leave work and return home. Traffic on the Burke-Gillman Trail built up with commuters, especially through the University area.

    So was the day.


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