Monday, November 25, 2013

Riding the mean streets: South Lake Union to Gasworks Park

I did it. I worked up enough nerve to try riding the streets of Seattle on my bicycle. Yes, I rode them a little bit last September, but that was mostly quiet streets or sidewalks/paths. This is a first real attempt at street riding on a busy street. Some areas had a bike lane, others like this one is shared space. Parked cars to the right. Moving traffic in the left lane. I rode along the left edge of the right lane. A little to close to parked cars for comfort, but I wasn't always brave enough to move over to the left more, especially on uphills.
Eastlake Avenue E
Once across University bridge I was able to drop down onto the Burke Gilman Path. With plenty of runners, walkers, and cyclists, it wasn't exactly the quiet, tranquil experience I'd hope for, but it was calmer than the busy roads.
Burke Gilman Trail
Gasworks Park. I've wanted to come here since forever. I can't remember when I first heard of it, but it sounded fascinating. Sorry for the harsh pics today. The sun always seemed to be in front of me.
Lake Union from Gasworks Park
Part of the gasworks

A little mound of a hill. This doesn't really show itself in google maps.
I didn't realize the park wasn't flat. I had thought to bring Rachel for a stroll with her wheel chair, but that will have to wait until she's ready to walk her own self up the hill.
Eastlake Avenue - heading back 
I returned by the same route. The bridge above is I-5. The bridge I'm crossing is University bridge. It has a nice wide lane for bikes, but the lane ends once over the bridge. Then you share the single lane with traffic. It's wider and cars are generally very good at passing safely. Again it was the parked cars that made me nervous.
Ahhh return of the bike lane. 

Seattle Cancer Care Alliance. My daughter's clinic.
Requisite Iconic Space Needle shot with bikey. Noisily processed due to heavy backlighting - darn sunshine!
Space Needle over Mercer Street.

Friday, November 22, 2013

Found parking

Spotted this little gem tucked between two buildings off the back alley that is my window view. Finding a place to park can be challenging. This seems to be a cozy little spot.
Wonder if it needs to go for a little spin around the neighborhood? ;)

Sunday, November 17, 2013

Burke Gilman Path

Finally had a chance to ride Burke Gilman trail this weekend. It's been on my bucket list of trails for many, many years. It's a pretty ride with views of Lake Washington ( at least the portion I rode).
Okay, not the best view, but it was where I stopped for a moment
Shared the trail with other riders, walkers, runners, and even a few inline skaters. It's fun to ride, but have to say it wouldn't replace a nice long road ride in the country.

Turbo thighed caped crusader?
Funny sign: Is this trail ravaged by turbo-thighed caped crusaders running down the locals? I didn't see any. The kitted up racers I saw were going at a reasonable clip and were either quiet or curteous, but never rude and I didn't see anyone get buzzed. Same with other users. Everyone seems to have worked out a pretty good flow of traffic on the trail.

Also kudos to the courteous drivers. At every road crossing cars spotted me approaching and slowed to let me cross (even when I had a stop sign, even when I'd rather they just go first). I'm so used to cars ignoring cyclist/pedestrians it was unsettling to ride in front of them.

I guess the bad bicyclists and drivers stayed home that day.

I rode the Trek and came to the conclusion hybrids are hard to ride. Good for a trip to the library and such, but for longer rides they're a lot more work! I'll be ... well Ron will be bringing my roadie up next weekend. Yep, I miss my skinny tires and drop bars.
14.8 miles per google maps.

Monday, November 11, 2013

In the Emerald City

Long time no post. I vacillate between keeping a current blog or just hanging it up for the time being. Inevitably I get restless enough that  I want to post something. My daughter and I currently and for the foreseeable future are living in Seattle. Last chemo was back in July, side effects have abated for a while.

Green Lake Pano

Sunset at our old apartment. Alas no tripod-pardon my motion blur

The past few weeks have been good times shopping, strolling about the city, and making a few trips back to Oregon on the weekends. Rachel returns to the hospital for another round of chemo this week, then hopefully on to a 2nd transplant. It's good to be back fighting this thing, but distressing to think about the side effects that go with the fight. It's a damnable disease!
Alki Point Trail

Green lake
Green Lake again. Came around a curve to this golden scene

Back in Oregon for Halloween - Meow!

Sad attempt to use the old nikon after a summer of iphoneography

All my photography this summer has been with an iphone. Convenient if not entirely satisfying for this hobbiest-photog-wannabe. Tonight I finally dusted off the old Nikon and tried to remember how to run the darn thing. Did okay other than forgot to change my ISO settings to something decent.