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Apr 20 2011

Upcoming: Essential Baking Co Madison Café Ride, April 23

There is a ride planned for this Saturday, April 23, to Essential Baking Co. Madison Café <www.essentialbaking.com/cafe/madison/>.

Date: Saturday, April 23
Time: Leaving @ 9:00 am
Place: Mercer Island I-90 park and ride (8000 N. Mercer Way)(click for map)
Distance: ~36 miles (there is cutoff for a 25 mile ride too)
Pace: Easy to Steady, depending on the group. (click here for what this means)
Terrain: Some Hills (click here for what this means)
Expected Ride Time: 3+ hours with stop.
Cancellation: Steady or heavy rain cancels.
Ride Leader: Richard

Comments From The Ride Leader:
The ride to Essential Baking Co Madison Café http://www.essentialbaking.com/cafe/madison/ will be via South Lake Washington Loop and return via I-90 bike trail, heavy or steady rain cancels.  For those with limited time, there’s an option to split off at I-90 and skip the bakery.  The main ride should be around 36 mi (3+ hrs with stop), the shorter option cutting out the bakery trip is approximately 25 mi (around 2 hrs).

Meet at the Mercer Island I-90 Park and Ride and be ready to ride by 9:00 am.  We’ve been quite lax starting the past several weeks :(   so please arrive by 8:30 am, and be ride ready by 9:00 am. The general route is east along East Mercer Way and over East Channel Bridge, south to Coulon Park (bio break), around the Renton Airport, then north via Rainier Ave and up to Seward Park (bio break), and finally north along Lake Washington Blvd.  At I-90 we’ll stop to see who needs to split off and go back to Park & Ride, and who wants to continue to the bakery.

For those continuing, we’ll go north on Lake Washington Blvd, then get onto Lakeside, pass Leschi (bio break options at Starbucks, or the Barbeque place north of the Madrona dance studio.  At Madrona Dr, Lakeside becomes Lake Washington Blvd again.  We’ll continue on Lake Washington Blvd, cross McGilvra and up the s-curves to top of short hill, then head west on E. Harrison Street (not towards Arboretum), and down the hill passing Bush School.  We continue straight to Martin Luther King Jr. Way, then turn right and go to Madison.  The bakery is at 2719 E. Madison, (206) 328-0078, on the south side of Madison, just west of MLK Jr. Way.

Reality check - We will go at a comfortable pace for the group.  But it’s expected that people choosing this ride know they are able to ride the distance (either option you choose) comfortably.  Bring water and a snack to eat along the way, so you can stay hydrated and fueled up.  We can refill water bottles at Coulon Park, Seward Park, and the bakery.  The route is generally flat, with a couple short hills near Newport Hills along I-405, one getting up to I-90 from Lake Washington Blvd, and one more after crossing McGilvra on the Seattle side.