As a bike nerd, sure, I’m ashamed and what not, but well, that’s just how it’s been.
Today’s ride got us doing something I’ve always thought would be cool: biking to Tacoma via the quiet roads of Vashon Island. With a stop at the West Seattle Farmer’s market to talk Hungarian pigs, Flemish rabbits and cheese and to pick up croissants at Bakery Nouveau, our morning felt more like a bike tour than a training ride.
The shorter than anticipated bike across Vashon has two long climbs: a notorious heave off the ferry and up to Vashon Center and then another longer climb south of Burton that lifts you high above Quartermaster Harbor. These we handled with strength and dexterity! Unfortunately, we ended up waiting for an hour for the infrequent ferry to Ruston and Point Defiance. When we finally arrived, we skipped the zoo, and opted for the “Five Mile Drive” in the park for a few more pleasant miles of riding. I should say the road was nice, but after sitting for an hour, my legs were stiff and my mood bonked!
I didn’t like what should have been an very nice bike friendly route from the park in Ruston to the popular waterfront trail, and while I did enjoy being “lost” leaving that trail to get into downtown for the bus ride home for the adventure of it, it seems like a bit better bike signage is in order down in Tacoma.
An express bus home, a 37 mile ride (is that all???) and walking over for dinner at the Moonlight, tired, wind burnt, and hungry. Sweet!
And get this: 121 miles of cycling for the week. I may fit into that Boonen jersey yet.
Don’t you love taking your bike across the water on a ferry? I always think that’s a lot of fun.
But why did you take the bus back? Why not just ride back? Did you have any problems bringing the bus onboard?