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Old 01-23-09, 07:21 PM   #1
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Help with directions

Maybe somebody can help a new guy with a ride. I have gone into google maps but i am having a hard time trying to find a route that is not to busy. I am starting from seward park (seattle) and i am going to 22220 68th Ave. S. Kent, Wa. 98032. I am thinking i can take the green river trail then connect to inter-urban but i am not sure how to do it. Google maps shows me taking the west. valley highway. Is a really populated road? I know some of you seasoned riders will probably have better info. Thanks for any help. Brad
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Old 01-23-09, 10:18 PM   #2
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Other than going to Seward Park to race in the past, I'm not familiar with the best route for you. I went looking in a route planner I always use and saw someone had already started one.
Was this you trying to make up a route? In the search box type Seward Park and one of the first links is a course from Seward to Kent. http://veloroutes.org/ Hope it helps.
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Old 01-24-09, 12:02 AM   #3
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Maybe somebody can help a new guy with a ride. I have gone into google maps but i am having a hard time trying to find a route that is not to busy. I am starting from seward park (seattle) and i am going to 22220 68th Ave. S. Kent, Wa. 98032. I am thinking i can take the green river trail then connect to inter-urban but i am not sure how to do it. Google maps shows me taking the west. valley highway. Is a really populated road? I know some of you seasoned riders will probably have better info. Thanks for any help. Brad
I looked at the King County bike map and came up with this route for you:

http://veloroutes.org/bikemaps/?route=25692

Seward Park to Renton Ave, then up 87th Avenue from Rainier over the hill. You have to weave around a bit and cross MLK Way, then down to cross the 405. I am pretty sure you then catch the Interurban trail around Longacres, than will then take you as far south as you need to go until you far enough south to get to your address on 68th.
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Old 01-26-09, 11:36 AM   #4
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That's not a bad route, BengeBoy, although if you're OK with riding in traffic, I'd modify it to come down Rainer all the way to Sunset and then turn right on Sunset, left at the next light, immediate right past the back-end of the Renton Shopping Center down to the next light at 7th, right on 7th to Lind, left on Lind to SW 16th (overpass over 405), right at 16th to Boeing (Longacres). 16th turns into Longacres Way.

Longacres is, as mentioned above, now a Boeing facility. You ride through it to the train station, then west on Longacres Way to the Interurban. It runs behind (west of) the hotels; between the hotels and the railroad tracks.

If you use the route BengeBoy suggested, you'll still follow these directions to get on the trail. The key landmark is the train station.

Once you're on the Interurban, I'd go south to 212th, then left to 64th, left off 64th at 224th, then left on the W. Valley to NW Harvest. Riding on the W. Valley is possible, but I wouldn't recommend it any more than you must. It is a 45 or 50 MPH road with very little room in the lane and no bike lanes. I don't know if there are sidewalks in that area but if there are, I'd use them.

Have a good ride!
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That's not a bad route, BengeBoy, although if you're OK with riding in traffic, I'd modify it to come down Rainer all the way to Sunset and then turn right on Sunset, left at the next light, immediate right past the back-end of the Renton Shopping Center down to the next light at 7th, right on 7th to Lind, left on Lind to SW 16th (overpass over 405), right at 16th to Boeing (Longacres). 16th turns into Longacres Way.

Longacres is, as mentioned above, now a Boeing facility. You ride through it to the train station, then west on Longacres Way to the Interurban. It runs behind (west of) the hotels; between the hotels and the railroad tracks.

If you use the route BengeBoy suggested, you'll still follow these directions to get on the trail. The key landmark is the train station.

Once you're on the Interurban, I'd go south to 212th, then left to 64th, left off 64th at 224th, then left on the W. Valley to NW Harvest. Riding on the W. Valley is possible, but I wouldn't recommend it any more than you must. It is a 45 or 50 MPH road with very little room in the lane and no bike lanes. I don't know if there are sidewalks in that area but if there are, I'd use them.

Have a good ride!
Good suggestions; mine was from a map; these are from "real life."
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Once you're on the Interurban, I'd go south to 212th, then left to 64th, left off 64th at 224th, then left on the W. Valley to NW Harvest. Riding on the W. Valley is possible, but I wouldn't recommend it any more than you must. It is a 45 or 50 MPH road with very little room in the lane and no bike lanes. I don't know if there are sidewalks in that area but if there are, I'd use them.
Yes, this is a good way to go. Personally I am not averse to riding on West Valley at that point (I am a crazy redhead, so it works for me), but there are sidewalks on West Valley if you would rather go in a bit straighter fashion.

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Thanks everybody. From my house i went up Alasksa and headed down to airport way. Followed that to the boeing oxbow bridge and over to the GR trail then onto the inter-urban and into kent. Did ride the W. valley highway for about five minutes (Never again). Anyways it was a nice ride. Thanks for all the suggestions. Brad
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