Join Date: Apr 2008
Location: Tacoma, WA
Bikes: 1994 Burley Bossa Nova
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LBS - Angle LAke Cyclery is right in Seatac (5~7 miles from your Kent)
* Dale sells Tandems and Recumbents and is a very pleasant and helpful indivudual. No surley bike snob guy.
Ride #1 - Try WA 509 along the waterfront. It is a great ride and some great restaurants along the way. Come up the hill out of the Kent Valley. (all roads are serious hills, sorry) Head to Des Moines and had south for the Browns Point area. Stop prior to the Schnitzer Steel metal recycling facility for a nice 30+ round trip depending on where you are in Kent. Great parks, beaches and some fine restaurants.
Ride #2 - Start on Ruston Way as there is a great deal of parking there along the waterfront. Close to Katie Downs for Pizza and Libations after. This route going north will take you through the Asarco area and a tunnel, into Point Defiance park and Zoo (Great landmark park and small zoo) and around 5 mile drive, (animals, scenery, lots of trees and hills), head out of the park and onto North Vassault on your way to the Narows bridge (Galloping Gertie from physics and great bridge disasters). Bike Lane all the way to the bridge exists. Across bridge and turn right to Reid Road and dowtown Gig Harbor. (GH is a great little downtown) RT about 30+ miles. Head to Southworth Ferry terminal out of GH for another 20 miles to and from to get that 70 miles RT. A beautiful ride. Another 30 RT and you are at Port Orchard and Morningside Bakery for another lunch option.
Tacoma is a great place to discover NW history as well as Seattle is. DO NOT MISS WRIGHTS PARK if in Tacoma.
Kevin and Anita