Join Date: Mar 2008
Location: North Bend, Washington State
Bikes: 1937 Hobbs; 1977 Bruce Gordon; Merckx MX Leader (Campy 10); Schwinn Paramount (Fixed gear); Fat City Yo Eddy (MTB), Alex Singer (allrounder)
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After the Deluge ride
Rode my bike to Carnation this morning. Out Ballarat --> Reining --> Tokul roads to the Salish Lodge by the falls. Rte 202 was closed past that point to Fall City so I rode up to Snoqualmie Ridge and took the Lake Alice road down to the valley floor. Riding out on the West Snoqualmie river road was slow and tricky. It was closed to traffic with 'water on the roadway' signs but I figured if it got bad I'd just turn around. Pretty amazing. Most of the road was covered in a slippery layer of river silt..like that clay you see on a potters wheel if you use too much water. Only a couple of places were actually under water and there, it was only a few inches deep so I slowly pressed on. Many of the farmers were out calmly cleaning up the mess left behind by the receding water. Debris was stuck in the fences along the road. One or two trucks slowly passed me going the other way, no other riders. I turned and went up Tolt Hill and saw another cyclist climbing 100 yards ahead of me and I thought "hmmm. another crazy like me perhaps he'd like company" so I drew a bead on him and soon caught up with him. He was obviously a young racer in training decked out in a black, blue and white team kit riding a Felt cross bike with a power tap on the rear.. I think I run into him before climbing up the Issaquah Plateau the last time I rode into work. His reaction was the same as last time. I said "Hi, hows it going?" and he looked over his shoulder at me saying nothing, picking up his pace to put siome distance between us. I topped the hill about 30 seconds behind him and when we got to the bottom on the other side he turned right twords Redmond and I, left to Fall City. No incidents riding on 202 but I chose to go the quiet backroads to Fall City via the Issaquah Fall City Road. With 202 being closed past Fall City I had no other choice but to gut it out and climb the Lake Alice hill. I think it is harder than the zoo hill on Cougar. I have to use all the strength I have in my arms and legs to make it up that hill. Luckily, the hard part is less than a mile long. Riding back through downtown Snoqualmie I felt pretty sad for the folks who were flooded. There's an empty lot by the Bowling alley and it was filled with appliances and other fotsam that folks had pulled out of their houses to be trown away. Lots of moving vans and stuff sitting out on peoples' lawns. I got home with 48 miles under me, a couple of frozen toes and an appreciation for the good fortune to have a house that's high n dry. My heart goes out to those who weren't so lucky.