Sunday, April 15, 2012

Day 14 of 30 days of Biking: Riding Seattle's Beautiful Shores, clouded only by the "missing link"

What a day in Seattle!  Lucia seems to be on-board with the 30 days of biking plan as we headed out for another ride today.  We pretty much stayed along bodies of water today:  Lake Washington, the Ship Canal, and out to Puget Sound.  Shilshole was beautiful and there was a sailboat race going on.

 We watched for a while to try to figure out how it worked, but the cannon fire and air horns seemed random to us.

Yes, here is the gratitous bike in the foreground shot.  This is my 20 year old Cannondale touring bike with heavy jacket stuffed in the bag on the back rack.

On the way back, we pedaled along the Ship Canal, a man-made waterway that links Lake Washington to Puget Sound.

The cherry blossoms are in full bloom at the U of W.

All in all, an idyllic day for riding.  Except when riding the streets called the Burke Gilman Trail's "missing link".  It is downright dangerous in spots and I admit that I let anger at the business owners who have held up this much needed part of the bike trail fog my thoughts. This 1.5 mile segment of the trail has been fully funded and designed.  The Ballard business owners have held it up in court since 2003.  For trail supporters, the one productive thing we can do right now is to support the Cascade Bicycle Club's legal efforts by contributing to the Burke Gilman legal defense fund. And enjoy the day and the beautiful trails we have.

Let's Roll!
Seattle, WA

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