Thursday, December 26, 2013

Christmas Cycling

Christmas is a perfect day for a ride. Why? Because there is no traffic! :)
Seattle streets all to myself. Well, me and a few other bikers and walkers. Lovely day for a ride too. Sunny and crisp.

Not much to tell. I'm slow. I took a few pics. Yeah, that about covers it. Went out to eat then home to watch the Doctor Who Christmas special and open our presents. Good stuff.
Republican Street
Dexter Ave.
Lake Union
Fremont Bridge
Lake Union

Monday, December 16, 2013

Seattle cycling - In search of color

Martha over at Wisconsinland put out the challenge to find some winter color. I think I first read about it on Trobairitz' Tablet so I figured I'd add a link to both. And while finding color wasn't the main purpose of my ride, it was a good excuse to keep my eyes peeled for a little bit of brightness in the day. I have to say that while fall is my favorite season (and technically it's still fall) the landscape now looks more like winter. But I like it. In it's own soft, subtle way it's beautiful. Serene. The land at rest.

Overlooking Lake Union. and I-5. Even the cars aren't colorful.
My ride took me up the big ramp behind SCCA. I don't have a photo of it, but it looks like a long steep climb to the top. It starts at Eastlake Avenue and heads up up up and over the freeway to the hillside neighborhood above. I've seen a lot of commuters go this way but hadn't rode it myself. Surprisingly It wasn't as hard as it looked. Nice view from above the freeway. I didn't have a route planned so I just followed the sharrows and headed toward Montlake bridge.

Lake Union from Burke-Gilman Trail
Once across Montlake bridge I joined up with the Burke-Gilman trail and looped back toward Eastlake.
Under the freeway. Kissing couple down by the water. 
Instead of staying on busy Eastlake I dropped down to the waterfront for a pleasant ride along a quiet residential street. Very pleasant with the condos, houseboats and docks full of sailboats. I spotted one guy up on the mast of his boat. I think he may have been putting up christmas lights.
Decorating for the holidays
Fairview Avenue
St Marks Cathedral? 
Tiny float plane. My boss has a float plane, larger than this, that is his pride and joy.
I threaded my way through the Fred Hutch campus up past the big sculpture and back to Eastlake Avenue.
Brick roundabout and cool grill-work along the edge
Basket of Light sculpture
Sculpture at Fred Hutchinson Cancer Research Center
There is a little bit of rainbow color on the sculpture. Alas 'tis as muted as everything else. The only real bright standout color was on this little houseboat. In the scheme of things, it hardly counts, but I was getting desperate.
A little bit of color along Lake Union
So I cheated. I waited until nighttime when the Radio towers and Christmas cranes could strut their stuff