How do you plan your rides?

While doing some online exploring looking for great bike rides I came across this fairly unique idea for mapping a ride.

If you don’t have time to check out the link, it describes a Perth man with some time on his hands as well as a creative thought process who mapped out a ride on Strava using a picture of a goat as a template to set way points and map his ride. He then went out and rode it. It took seven hours, 126 miles and had 5786 feet of climbing.

I will need a little more time on my hands to plot my bike route that way (as well as more training to complete that goat ride) but maybe in the near future………… For now I use my knowledge of where I am  along with Google’s maps app set on bicycling. I have also had some success with Ride with GPS.  My favorite rides are the ones where I don’t have to think too much and can just ride. Long country roads with no stop lights and light traffic fill my dreams of the ideal bike ride. I especially love bike rides someone else has planned and I just make the turns when told by the arrows on the road.

Where do you like to ride and how do you plan it?

Post Turkey Ride

On Thanksgiving we had a marvelous turkey feast at my sister in laws house. She lives in the small town of Shine on the far end of the Hood Canal Bridge.  I suggested we spend the weekend on the peninsula. The weather was marginal but miraculously we did not get rained on until we went to the rain forest!

On Friday we tried out the new section of the Olympic Discovery Trail. This portion went from a trailhead at Diamond Point Road and we rode it into the QFC in Sequim. This section was mostly trail with a couple miles on very quiet roads and a small portion on the shoulder of the 101 off ramp in Sequim. It was a delight to ride through farmland and thick forest with views of the Olympic Mountains to the south and Discovery Bay to the north.

As soon as we pulled into the lot an older dog came and sat looking at me through the window. Soon his owner followed and we learned his personal history of the area. It was a delightful conversation and the perfect introduction to the trail. Before we had even gotten on our bikes another car pulled up and began a conversation. This young man had just moved to the area and after watching the months of construction he was delighted the trail had opened. People and dogs were more open than in the city. The trail itself was fairly busy for a potentially  rainy November day in a quiet part of the state. By busy I mean we saw about 20 people riding and  a dozen or more walkers.

On this stretch you also ride past a native art gallery and a casino with a few dining options as well as a lavender farm and a state park or two. There is a long bridge over what used to be a rail trestle. It had some interesting historical information about the old train.

It felt good to get out into the country and away from traffic for this week’s ride. I also tested my new tool roll under seat bike bag made from my far out paisley upholstery remnant. It passed with flying colors.

The Ride to SAM

The Ride to SAM

Wow. Fablulous ride this week. Quite a contrast to the last trip downtown (see the Memorial). Did a test ride with my new tool roll and handlebar bag. Tool roll under the seat bag worked great but my basket gear on the front of the bike prevented me from putting on the handlebar bike bag (so I put the basket on and threw it in there).

Paisley tool bag in progress

The weather was chilly but dry. No wind either. Pretty sweet for November.

The only hitch was the loss of a library card by my husband earlier in the week. The Seattle Library has a fabulous benefit. You can reserve a pass to many of our local museums. We scooped today and have had it on the calendar for a month. I tried to print out our pass and was stymied by the change in card. Fortunately my husband remembered they had emailed him the pass when we reserved it and the day was saved.

The Andrew Wyeth exhibit was inspiring. The artwork was breathtaking and precise. As always my big question was about the unrecognized heroes. Who framed the art? Who selected the frames? The frame is an important piece of the art. Something to ponder and google later.

I forgot to get any photos at the Wyeth exhibit but loved these 2 nature inspired pieces that are also at SAM

We stopped at Henry’s Tavern on the way home. I was delighted by the ease of removing my bike bags for safety and by the beer selection at Henry’s. It was dark when we got out but traffic had eased. There was something magical about riding on this November night. It is like walking in the rain. Very cocooning and cozy.

I wish I had gotten a photo in Occidental Park. They have wrapped the trees with white lights and it is like fairyland. I did catch a shot of downtown framed by the palms and lights at Salty’s. My photo fails to do justice.

Night view from the Alki Bike trail

As the days get shorter, have you tried riding at night? What do you experience? I look forward to reading your night time notes.
Till next week remember to have fun and enjoy the passing seasons.