I was skimming my Facebook feed on my phone today while riding the elevator and saw a photo from a bike blog flash across the feed -- I immediately recognized the setting as the view from the I-90 bike lane in Seattle, which I have ridden hundreds of times. When I got back to my desk I opened up the photo to have a look at it and immediately recognized the bike lane, and then, to my surprise, realized that the photo was familiar too: it's me!
The blog that posted it actually picked it up from another blog, here:
A number of clues in the photo lead me to guess that it was taken on an afternoon in May 2009:
- I've sold this bike (it's the pink Univega I posted here several times)
- I installed the bar end shifters in early 2009, before I sold it
- I can tell by the shadows and direction I'm going that it's in the afternoon; I'm riding west to east
- I see some knee warmers sticking out of my jersey -- in late spring/early summer, it's chilly enough in the morning that I often wear knee warmers to work, but don't wear them on the way home.
The bike lane is a little more crowded than usual, so my guess when I saw the photo is that it was taken in May, during "Bike to Work" month, and there are more riders out than usual. Am thinking some photographer snapped this photo and it's out there on the web somewhere for bloggers to grab (?). I don't think this is a Seattle-based blog. To be even more specific, I'd also guess that it's the night of a home game for the Seattle Mariners -- about the only time in the evening that the west-bound lane of I90 is backed up like this is when there is a line of traffic going to Safeco field to see the Mariners game (this particular spot is about two miles from the off-ramp to Safeco field).
And, before anyone mentions it -- yes, this is my best angle.