A tale of two rides…

A bunch of us did a century, +/- 5 miles (I was -) this weekend. We decided to truck down to The Hill, which is the biggest hill on STP — all 300 feet of it (OK, it’s not a big hill). This is approximately 45 miles away from our starting point, University Zoka, or UZ as we call it. We did most of the initial STP route, but instead of taking the West Valley Highway, which has a fair amount of traffic, we hopped onto the Interurban Trail, which is a great trail — no roots, minimal traffic, nice and speedy. We made great time, averaging about 15 mph and making it down to this great espresso store at the corner of Milwaukee & Valley Ave. in Sumner – The Coffee Corner if I can make the picture out (stupid phone took it at itty-bitty resolution).

Sadly, right before this point, we had a flat — and no spare tube for a 650 tire! Tire repair took a bit longer than usual, but such is life. Anyway, we took off and did the hill. Triumphant, we quickly cashed it back in, zipping down to the red light at the base of the hill (d’oh!). We then trucked back up Interurban, then decided to take a bit of a detour and take the Green River Trail to the Duwamish Trail, which cuts across the east side of West Seattle. We made it to downtown Seattle, and at this point we split up — Scott and I had to book it home, while the rest of the gang decided to do a bit more of a ride to get in a full century. Anyway, I don’t feel too bad about missing it… I ended up doing 95 miles, so I’m feeling pretty reasonable about everything.Next week: Flying Wheels!Erik’s log: http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/episode/view.mb?episodePk.pkValue=900369Ruben’s log: http://trail.motionbased.com/trail/invitation/accept.mb?senderPk.pkValue=13403&unitSystemPkValue=2&episodePk.pkValue=897495

Addendum from Lauren

Don’t forget that we were on a volcano evacuation route

Volcano Route

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