I am on the more populous side of the state this week for some nerd training in the Bellevue area. I brought my road bike with me and did a little research to find an eleven mile trail from Redmond to Bothell that follows an old railroad right of way. It has been converted to a nice, paved trail. Though it has some sloping hills, it is the longest relatively flat path I have ever ridden since nothing around my home goes that far without going up a mountain somewhere.
Even with slowing down for various pedestrians and other clusters of people I was still able to average just over 20mph for the entire ride. There was a stretch where I didn't have anyone in my way and I was able to just gear up and hit it. That was the fastest non-descent I have ever sustained. It felt pretty sweet.
At one point, for about three miles or so, I had a couple of guys in full kit drafting me. That doesn't happen back home anywhere either. After a while they just turned off somewhere.
I think I will be heading back there each evening this week. If the Garmin is to be believed it was around 2106 Calories. I really have no idea how accurate that is though. MyFitnessPal estimates it quite a bit lower, but it just uses speed and time.
Anyone know if the Garmin is to be trusted on Calories burned?