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Jun 12 2010

Bellevue P&R to Alki Beach

The Women’s Luncheon with Renee’ Stearns was very inspiring, and the delicious food and amazing service was so impressive! (thanks Jon, William, Daniel, Mike and Richard)  It was nice to see some of my STP team members all dressed up!

With the beautiful weather I wanted to ride, so I convinced my friend Tim to meet me at the Bellevue P&R and head over to Alki.  I’d heard from the Lakemont Ladies that this was a great ride, and Tim is a great route-finder, so we were up for the adventure.

The route takes you across the bridge and through the tunnel (which I’d never done before) and keeps you on bike trails and side streets until you reach Dearborn.  We took a left at Dearborn and followed the “sharrows” (shared road markers that look like a bicycle with two hats), then turned right on 6th Ave.  I was tempted to pick up a hum bow as we passed Uwajimaya, but then remembered the lesson I learned from Master Ambo.

It was a little tough coming down Jackson, since the road was under repair, so we used the sidewalk as much as possible.  When we reached the water, we jumped on the bike trail that parallels E. Marginal Way.  I’ve never ridden along the waterfront before, so viewing the familiar sites as we peddled along was really cool!

When we hit Spokane Street, we followed the signs for the Alki Trail.  This takes you over the lower level of the W. Seattle Bridge, along a nice bike ramp.  We then followed the bike path to Harbor Avenue.

Once we got to Alki, it was obvious we weren’t the only ones with this idea.  There were cars “cruising” with loud engines and music (I sound like an old person, huh?) roller bladers, kids on bikes, walkers, joggers, skateboarders, and people driving some big 4 seater cars that took up the entire trail. 

Testing your bike handling skills

But the views were spectacular, so I didn’t mind slowly riding along the waterfront and enjoying the scenery.  By the time we reached our destination: The Alki Bakery, the lines were pretty big.   The situation wasn’t any different at Starbucks or Tully’s, so we decided to take a seat by the water and enjoy my homemade energy bars (I’ll bring them to our next ride…they’re pretty good!).

This is why we live in Seattle...

After enjoying the views and our energy bars, we headed home.  We followed the same route over the bridge and rode on the bike trail along E Marginal Way.  This time the route had us following the sharrows up Jackson to the top of the hill.  We got behind a bus that stopped at every block and seemed to hit every red light, which gave us good practice starting on a hill.

We turned right on 12th, rode for three blocks, and got back on the bike trail.  From there it was smooth sailing through the tunnel, across the bridge and home.  This ride was a neat way to see urban Seattle, and definitely a change from the bucolic country scenery I usually enjoy.  So if you’re looking for another bakery ride (or craving an authentic hum bow) try this out!

2 comments

  1. Tailwind

    I’ve been there by bike too and it is a wonderful ride with great views. The bakery is especially good and we enjoyed the time just hanging out in the area.

  2. blueneck

    I remember the ride too – it was good; even going up the hill coming back.

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