I thought you folks might enjoy a look at our scenery. Almost all of my riding winds up being a loop from my apartment ... back to my apartment. But spring is in the air, and I've been wanting a change, so this weekend I went exploring. On Saturday I took my bike to Monroe and did a loop to Sultan and back, and on Sunday I went to the outskirts of Issaquah and did a loop to Black Diamond through the Green River Gorge, all on back roads.
The first ride was easier (30 miles and only 1,200 feet elevation gain) but much more scenic. The second ride was nice, and a little hillier (almost 30 miles, 1,600 feet elevation gain) with some great, curvy descents. I would recommend either, but will probably only do the first one again. Anyway, they were both new to me, which gives me an opportunity to draw on my maps, and I'll be taking my bike out to new places again soon.
Here are lots of pics, of somewhat mixed quality.
This was near the start of the first ride. I crossed US 2, but didn't follow it. Here was the first glance of mountain scenery.
I think this was the water treatment facility. I was surprised by all the moss on the roof.
Monroe is about the point where the suburbs give way to farm land.
While this road has no shoulder, it also has almost no traffic.
You can see the chasm between the mountains leading toward Steven's Pass in this one.
The sign warned about crossing sheep, llamas, and dogs.