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    I hope you had a good time up in Granite Falls. Where did you ride? Have any pictures?

    For the record, Granite Falls has a small downtown section with street parking. I'm sure you already figured that out ... the reason I bring it up is that the same thing applies to Arlington, Darrington, and a bunch of other little towns that are good places to start rides from. There are signs telling you where you can leave your car and where you can't.

    A lot of small businesses will let you leave your car in their parking lot if you buy something and ask politely. I've left mine at gas stations, restaurants, and the Mineral Springs Resort (for a loop over Blewett and Swauk Passes) to ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
    I hope you had a good time up in Granite Falls. Where did you ride? Have any pictures?

    For the record, Granite Falls has a small downtown section with street parking. I'm sure you already figured that out ... the reason I bring it up is that the same thing applies to Arlington, Darrington, and a bunch of other little towns that are good places to start rides from. There are signs telling you where you can leave your car and where you can't.

    A lot of small businesses will let you leave your car in their parking lot if you buy something and ask politely. I've left mine at gas stations, restaurants, and the Mineral Springs Resort (for a loop over Blewett and Swauk Passes) to ride.
    Funny thing, i had a ton of errends to run yesterday (seeing as it was my day off, kinda) so i didnt even get the time to do that ride. I wouldn't have gotten on the road (driving) until around noon, which i just dont thikn would have been enough time. All though i did manage to get a 40 mile ride to Bothell (?) and back. I was going to try and go all the way around and come back over Mercier but i got lost somewhere along the way and just ended up taking Burke back. Still, was a nice ride (although it was just the trail the whole time). And im glad i can do 40 miles. I havent ridden that far in some time now. So at least i know im starting to get back into shape.

    I have all my stuff packed up, so when i drop my wife off tomorrow for work (im off again) im just going to drive straight up there. Figure i should be there about 8 and riding no later than 8:30 (assuming i dont hit much traffic). Ill defiantly try to take some pics. My phone is starting to die so i dont know how good theyll be. Maybe ill go upgrade my phone before my ride.

    Hopefully i make it up there. It sucks having the day off because my wife always makes me run errands and clean. Oh well. Ill let you know how it goes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
    Sorry, daihard, I don't have much good info on Edmonds. I did a ride up there once, but it was kind of random and haphazard. I think the preferred way to go is the Interurban trail. I'm pretty sure it doesn't go by the water front, but you should be able to take back roads to get down there.
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    Here ya go! -

    http://www.bikeforums.net/showthread...y-from-Seattle

    and:

    http://forums.mtbr.com/washington/news-japanese-gulch-$2-5m-grant-snohomish-county-875675.html#post10695141
    Thanks for the reply, guys! I vaguely recalled either of you mentioning that I should branch off from the Interurban Trail at 185th, not at 200th as Google Maps suggested back then. Google must have improved since then - now it shows the route using 185th! It looks like a nice 9.3 mile ride from my place all the way down to Brackett's Landing. I hope I'll be able to try it this weekend.
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    I wanted to post this earlier but I've been insanely busy lately. Here are some rides with great scenery, within about 70 miles drive of Seattle:

    Skagit Tulip Flats - Do this in April or May. Distant views of the mountains, lots of tulips, a few lamas. I'll have to get back to you with the route.

    Snoqualmie Pass - June to November. Nice but not great ride, short, some dense forest, a bit of open mountain/valley view, and of a big mountain lake. Drive I-90 to exit 47, park at the Pratt River & Granite Mountain trailhead, follow the forest service road over the pass, keep going down the hill. You can go to just beyond Gold Creek Pond.

    Cayuse & Chinook Passes - June to early November. Fun ride, a great view of Rainier, fast descent with a few switchbacks. Park on a road-side pull out or down a forest road; decide how far you want to ride and then find a spot at the right distance to start.

    Monroe to Sultan - All year. Nice, pleasant loop, very wooded, mostly on back roads. For me it's a winter ride because there are better ones to do in the summer. A loop!

    Monroe to Snohomish - All year. Pleasant river valley ride. A loop!

    Darrington to Rockport - Probably all year. A few big mountain views, nice rivers, lots of woods.

    Iron Horse Trail - June to November. Dirt and gravel trail. Mostly wooded. Occasional valley views, goes through a 2.5 mile tunnel, next to a big lake, etc.

    Gold Bar to Skykomish
    - Three seasons? Up up and up a mountain valley, but not quite to the pass. Some great mountain views, small towns, river scenery, and a fast waterfall.

    Vashon - All year. I did this on a very rainy day and didn't think much of it, but people say it has great views.

    Green River Gorge - All year. The gorge itself is very nice, the rest of the ride is ok.

    Chilly Hilly - All year You don't have to wait for the actual ride, it's a zoo. Just follow the same route one day. A lot of nice views of the water and a couple of Seattle from the island. Plus, it's kind of fun to take your bike on the ferry to begin a ride.

    Most of these link to a map and you can download a GPX to navigate from. I already know I'm slow, no need to point that out.
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    Here are a couple pics from the Gold Bar to Skykomish ride. This one is along Route 2. There are a few spots where the shoulder isn't wide enough (bridges, mainly) and you have to wait for a gap in traffic. I did it early in the spring (March or April) before the snow melted from the peaks, a few months later they're bare. I think the scenery is much better with snow.







    Here are two from the Green River Gorge ride. Not much in the way of artistic merit, but the first one is kind of the overall sense I had of the ride, eg decent scenery, a lot of trees, not much company. Second one was the highlight.





    Here are a couple from the Iron Horse Trail. You can see I used to have a CX bike ... you need one (or an MTB) for this ride.





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    Quote Originally Posted by Crimsonghost View Post
    Im in central Seattle. Like i said above though, i think about 60-70 miles drive for me would be doable atm. But you have anything leaving from, or passing by my hood, that would be great.
    My favorite in-town ride goes through your neighborhood. I'm up in Ballard so my version is a little different from how you'd take it. (And I've mentioned this one before but I can't remember if I told you about it, sorry if I'm boring you.)

    I go out to the U District, then head south along the Montlake Bridge, and make my way to Lake Washington Blvd. I follow that south to Seward Park. Usually I do a loop around the park, depends on my mood, sometimes I go down to Beer Shiva Park. From there I head up Beacon Hill, and get on the Chief Sealth Trail. Basically I'll follow that back up to Korea Sister City Park, and get on another trail to Judkins Park (or, instead, I'll take the 15th Ave Bridge) into the International District, and downtown. Then I get myself to the waterfront, ride north through Myrtle Edwards, and take that trail up into Magnolia, down over the Locks, and back home.

    The highlights (I think) are the lake shore with views of Mt Rainier, the Chief Sealth Trail, and Myrtle Edwards.

    An alternative is to just keep going south until you get to Renton, head north on Lake Wash Blvd, and take the I-90 trail back to central Seattle.

    Here's the closest thing I have online to a useful map for this one, but if you're really interested I can go through my data and find a better one.
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    ^^^Just described my favorite Seattle ride as well.

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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
    I go out to the U District, then head south along the Montlake Bridge, and make my way to Lake Washington Blvd. I follow that south to Seward Park. Usually I do a loop around the park, depends on my mood, sometimes I go down to Beer Shiva Park. From there I head up Beacon Hill, and get on the Chief Sealth Trail. Basically I'll follow that back up to Korea Sister City Park, and get on another trail to Judkins Park (or, instead, I'll take the 15th Ave Bridge) into the International District, and downtown. Then I get myself to the waterfront, ride north through Myrtle Edwards, and take that trail up into Magnolia, down over the Locks, and back home.

    The highlights (I think) are the lake shore with views of Mt Rainier, the Chief Sealth Trail, and Myrtle Edwards.

    An alternative is to just keep going south until you get to Renton, head north on Lake Wash Blvd, and take the I-90 trail back to central Seattle
    I think you've mentioned that route to me before. I haven't had the chance to try it, simply because I live near Lake City, and my usual routes are in and around North King County / South Snohomish County. Your route sounds very attractive, though. I really should try it!

    I do ride to Ballard and Fremont pretty often lately using the Interurban Trail (and back roads). I also head north on it - usually up to Gregg's Cycle in Lynnwood. I do plan on riding all the way to Everett sometime soon.
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    Im going to go to Deception pass in about an hour, and im just wondering if anyone knows of any good places to park. I was thinking maybe Anacortes? Or should i just park at park itself? Ether way ill just be heading south(ish) for about 20-30 miles and see what happens. Even if i dont find a loop i figure 20-30 miles each way isnt bad at all.

    I know its kinda a long shot asking for advice on such short notice, but i figured id ask anyway. Haha.

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    So i made it out there with no problems. Kinda bummed because i wasnt feeling that good, so i didnt get much of a ride in. Only about 25 miles or so. But here are a couple pics a took (old iphone, so excuse the quaility).

    Found my parking lot. Looks like lots of nice secuded roads going into the park. Will have to go back and explore those more.


    Had to get a shot with the bridge in the back. It was a nice day. About 60 degrees and sunny.


    Long drop to the bottom.


    The sleepy town of Oak Harbor.


    Field. Just a field.


    Over all was a nice ride. I just wish i was feeling better so i could have spent some more time out there.

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    Awesome! Thanks for posting the photos.

    That's a sweet looking bike. How do you like it?

    This is a ride I've been wanting to do for a couple years now. I've got a really long list of rides I want to do, though, so it hasn't happened yet. How strongly would you recommend it? Where'd you wind up parking? (I don't have a Discover Pass, so either the park is off limits to me or I have to cough up some cash.)

    Spring is coming pretty quickly this year. If you're willing to drive your bike around for a good ride, consider heading up north for the Skagit Tulip Flats, it's about a 40 to 50 mile loop.
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    I found a parking lot about a mile or 2 from the bridge. I just forked up the $10. From the looks of things, it was really the only place out there to leave my car. It was right on the lake.

    As far as recommending it, yeah i would. It was a little sketchy getting over the bridge, but after that i had a nice shoulder to ride on. There was a bit of wind from time to time, but nothing too crazy. I mostly stayed on the 20 and just went south. Next time i plan to do a lot more exploring. From the looks of things, any of the roads off the 20 would be great for riding. Scenic, and nicely paved. The whole ride was little rolling hills. I didnt have much problem keeping at 20mph pace (when i wanted). Oak Harbor was a quiet little town. A few shops and looked like a few places to eat. Personally, i was a bit bummed because i didnt get to explore as much as i wanted (considering it took an hour and a half to get there). But i think ill be going back really soon to get more than 25 miles out of it.

    Thanks for the kind words about my bike. Shes been good to me. I test rode an R3, but the S2 was just better for me. Im a bigger guy and i just felt like i was going to break the R3. The S2 is nice and stiff, but still very comfy. Now just to get rid of those stock fulcrums...

    Thanks for the heads up about the Tulip Flats. Going on a longer drive wasnt actually as bad as i thought it would be. Traffic on the way home wasnt that great, but overall id be more than willing to take a nice drive for a great ride.

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    Nice bike! Looks like it was probably a good ride!

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    I test rode an S2 several times and loved it. Wound up getting an R3 because it was a better fit for my "riding personality." I'm happy with it, I'd have been happy with an S2 as well. I remember that I could sprint faster on one, and get up to speed a little faster ... that was a lot of fun for me. Every time I see one, I think what a great bike it is.

    You should think about taking your bike a bit east on Route 20. Even a lot of the stuff pretty close to I-5 is nice, but if you go inland a bit, the ride from Newhalem to the Ross Lake trailhead is fantastic. It's as far as you can get until late spring, once they open the road the rest of it is spectacular, too. One of my favorite rides. But I need to try the one you just did.
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    Quote Originally Posted by Seattle Forrest View Post
    ...consider heading up north for the Skagit Tulip Flats, it's about a 40 to 50 mile loop.
    What a wonderful suggestion Forrest! Thanks you :-) I googled Skagit Tulip Flats and found this:

    http://www.bikely.com/maps/bike-path...s-Tulip-Fields

    The Amtrak goes from Edmonds to Mt. Vernon leaving at 8am for an hour or so trip and returns leaving Mt. Vernon at 7pm. The cheapest fair, with bike, is $32 R/T with free parking around Edmonds. I am planning on going on a day during spring break Mar 17-21. The Farmers Almanac says that time of March will be sunny and dry and who doesn't trust the Farmers Almanac anyway? i just emailed a friend in Oak Harbor asking her to join me.
    Great to have something to look forward to!
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    So Percy, you ever make it up to the tulip fields?

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