I rode the Skagit Spring Classic today in a very nice part of the world, starting about 60 miles north of Seattle in a town called Burlington. The ride took in a well known road along the coast called the Chuckanut Drive, headed north to the outskirts of Bellingham, and then headed west and south along Lake Samish and Lake Whatcom. Getting that far out of Seattle was terrific -- light traffic, fantastic scenery, lots of farms, orchards and country homes to look at.
There were 40, 60 and 100-mile routes -- I followed the 100-mile route but took a couple of shortcuts and made up my own 80-mile route. Hope you enjoy the pics; this is the Northwest at its best!
This is the view from Chuckanut Drive, looking out at the San Juan Islands off the coast. The SJ Islands are great biking territory, too.
Shore of Lake Whatcom.
Rest stop in a state park. It was a really well organized ride. Kind of a chilly day, so they had a campfire going at this stop.
The organizers posted a Devil to harrass us when we were headed up the steepest climb of the route. This was at about mile 60 of the route I took...I haven't downloaded my GPS data yet but this was a pretty steep climb, but not quite "hellish."