Apr 13 2011

Upcoming: Skagit Valley Tulip Pedal Ride, April 16

This Saturday, April 16, Doug and Lori are leading a fun, scenic, touring, training ride in the Skagit tulip fields.  The event will be the 30th Tulip Pedal ride that covers three different routes varying in lengths of 20, 40 and 60 miles.  The course will be open from 7:00AM to 4:00PM.  Riders can help promote kids safety in Skagit County by registering at La Conner Middle School with a $35 fee.  Showing your Group Health membership card will earn you a 20% discount. 

La Conner Middle  School is approximately a 1.5 hour drive from Seattle, and we hope to meet up at the school at 8:30 am.  This will give us time to ride, take pictures, and meet up for lunch.  Some riders need to be back by 4:30 pm and so they will be leaving the area for home at around 2:00 pm.

Date: April 16th
Time: 8:30 AM
Place: La Conner Middle School (click here for map)
Distance: 20 or 40 miles
Pace: Easy to Steady
Terrain: Flat
Expected Ride Time: 4 hours including a lot of stops and switching stokers.
Cancellation: Steady or heavy rain
Ride Leaders: Doug and Lori
Event Website: http://www.skagitems.com/safe-kids-skagit-county/annual-tulip-pedal/

Comment from ride leader:
Last year this was Lori’s first ride of the season on the tandem and from the pictures that I have seen, it looked like they had a lot of fun with lots of eating, despite having rode the 40 mile route in the rain.  This is a good place to try out your bikes and tandems because the ride isn’t too crowded and is flat.

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  1. blueneck

    Blueneck ride report:
    My stoker and I arrived at La Conner High School about an hour or so behind the main group of other tandem and single riders. It was the first ride for both of us on our new Bike Friday Family Tandem Traveler. If you haven’t seen a Bike Friday, they’re designed to travel around the world – check them out. It took us a while to put it together, fiddling around with the cables. But we finally got on the tandem at about 10:40am or so. Having no map, we rode west on Chilberg Rd. waving to fellow cyclists and making some adjustments along the way. I turned on a rear flasher which was quickly covered up with mud. We then turned north along Best Rd. and saw some daffodils and finally some tulips – this was after all, the Tulip Festival ride!

    We turned west onto McLean Rd. and saw more tulips – finally getting beyond yellow and seeing some reds. The weather was cool and a little wet. We got a few sprinkles but nothing to really worry about. We then passed the Rozengaarde Display Garden heading south on Beaver Marsh Rd. I have to say, if you want a flat ride, this is it. Literally no hills but since this was our first big tandem ride, I was definitely not looking for them. We made our way back heading west on Calhoun Rd. and back into La Conner. A total of about 12 miles. We then rode our tandem into downtown La Conner – what a delight not having to haggle for parking.

    We stopped at Legends – a small Native-American owned salmon bar where I got a salmon sandwich and my stoker picked up some oysters in butter sauce. We enjoyed dining inside a small heated room which held five tables. It was cozy and enjoyable – the waitress, herself a rider told us about another route going from the refinery into Anacortes. She said it went over a really neat bridge – something to investigate at some later date. After lunch, we met up with the main group and enjoyed desert.

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