Jul 10 2010

2010 Tour de Donut (Eastside)

Well, we actually did it.  The inaugural ride of the Tour de Donut (Eastside) –  37 miles of riding, visits to 4 donut shops and, as it turns out, lots of hills.  Here’s what I learned:

  1. Biking and donuts do mix after all :-) .
  2. It takes a long time to leave each donut shop.  (Kind of what it is like for each of our STP stops.  We were only cyling for around 3:15 hours and we were eating donuts and standing around chatting for around 1:38 minutes.)
  3. Excessive Waist-Thigh interference makes for a hard choice: either (a) a sub-optimal aerodynamic position and being able to pedal or (b) an aerodynamic position and sub-optimal pedalling.  Your choice.

I received a few responses for the Tour but certainly did not expect what turned out to be 17 riders! 

It was a great day to do some sampling of the wonderful abundance of donut shops around Bellevue, Issaquah and Redmond.   First stop, a mere few miles from our starting point was Krispy Kreme.  We polished off a dozen donuts to begin with something familiar.


Next, we sped towards our next destination — Sunrise Donut Espresso.   The ride up East Lake Sammamish Parkway was nice as we were all in a group. 

I stopped to take a picture of the donut express and found that by the time I was back on the road (only a few seconds or so) they were way down the road.  Keeping a steady pace I was slowly catching up (too much waist-thigh interference makes it harder to get into an aerodynamic position).  Just as I was turning on the donut afterburners, I got caught behind a red light.  Twice.   With no more donut fuel left, I just kept a steady pace and eventually caught up with the group.

Mintues later, we arrived.  Many of us were not familiar with this shop even though it had been around for 10 years.  The new current owners, Kelly and Wesley were very nice and helped us with our selections (thanks Kelly and Wes for the extras which we may not have tried!!). 

It looks like they have raised donuts, cake donuts, apple fritters, you name it.

Those who like apple fritters gave them 2 thumbs up!  They were crispy on the outside, moist and chewy on the inside, and loaded with large chunks of apples.  Highly recommended.

The other donuts were great too – try the maple covered one:

How can you not like them?  So, next time you go by the intersection of Leary and West Lake Sammamish Parkway, stop by and pick a few up.

With donuts under our jerseys, we next had to tackle the 520 bike trail going up from West Lake Sammamish Parkway.  In case you are not familiar with this, it is a long incline, especially hard after you just spent 20 minutes eating donuts.  Heather’s chain dropped on a shift and Doug and I stopped with her.  Hopefully we would not miss the group as we did not know where our next stop was located.  At the top — yes!! — they waited (or was it because the light was red?).  

We managed to get to our next stop — Westernco Donut.  I had no idea that this shop was here and so close to my office too.  There was a huge selection of donuts but we kept it simple. 


We sampled their donut holes and french cruellers.   I must say, the french cruellers were quite good, moist, chewy and airy.  Certainly one of the better ones that I have tried.  I would say these were at least as good as the Dunkin Donut ones on the east coast.

Now we had to decide how to get to our final destination.  Top Pot Donuts in Bellevue.  We finally decided to go via 24th and 116th to minimize mixing with automobile traffic.  Besides, there were some nice hills along this route to help burn off all the donuts that we ate!  I lived in the area for 6 years and had no idea that this was here.  By this time you might imagine that we would be pretty full.  You would be right.  We purchased a few to share: Applesauce plain, lemon classic, and one with pink frosting.  All good as expected. 

So, back home we went after this.  It took a while to work our way through downtown Bellevue because of all the red lights.  One of the riders mentioned that it was all due to Doug, as he tends to attract red lights when he rides with her.

The group broke up around the Coal Creek entrance back to Factoria/I-90 and Doug, Daniel and I continued on the Coal Creek.  We went with Doug back to his home via Highland Ave – that was some hill!  Afterwards we proceeded to go back to Highland and turn on SE 49th — more really steep hills! 

Finally, did you know that we had three Dougs on this ride?  Could you tell which Doug was being referred to each time in the narrative?

And for those of you who like stats, click here for the ride stats.


P.S. Thanks Dan, Jeff, Richard and Kurt for the donuts.

P.P.S.  Here are the links to the other posts that started this: Original post, Suggested Route.

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The Tour de Donut TeamFirst up -- Krispy KremeMilling around -- this will be a long ride!First of manyDonut ExpressKelly and Wesely - proud owners of Sunrise Donut EspressoLook as these wonderful Sunrise treatsMaple frosted -- yummRefueled and ready to goWesterncoStill eatingFinal stopThe Three Dougs

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