It feels like confessing to murder, but I just don't like Green Lake. Most of the times I've been there, or nearby, it's been a negative experience, on balance. And not terrible; it's a minor annoyance, not a root canal, which might be why I've never heard anybody else say the same thing.
The path is as crowded as the streets, and full of pedestrians walking shoulder-to-shoulder from one end of the paved trail to the other, or setting up tripwires with their dogs' leashes. Joggers run in a zigzag pattern, with headphones on, unable to hear you coming. It's flat enough to go 25 mph, but 5 mph is often a stretch. Everything looks just similar enough that you can miss your turn if you aren't paying attention, and bordering Aurora means you may as well do another lap. The roadway is almost as bad, mostly because of traffic around Stone Way and Greenlake, and also because it's an unpredictable mix of friendly drivers and people tired of their commute who just want to make the next light and be done with it.
I know, I know: "tell us how you really think! " But I've just recently put my finger on it, and realized that when I come up on the edge of the lake, I feel like I'm in danger of falling into a bowl, and having to work extra hard to get out. And, now that I've realized why I'm never happy to see this park, I'm starting to take alternate routes to avoid it ... I go home through part of Ravena Park instead, and love it.
Am I the only cyclist who feels this way?