30 days of biking: Coulon Park

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In the summer or during sockeye salmon season, this boat launch at Coulon Park in Renton is jammed with cars dropping off or picking up their putt-putt boats.

On a drizzly spring morning like Wednesday, however, it’s just me and the ducks.

The park is a wonderful spot near the south end of Lake Washington with views across to Mercer Island and south Seattle.

Its 57 acres includes a beach, many walking paths, this boat launch, a sailboat mooring and an Ivars (for clams) and Kidd’s Valley (for chocolate milk shakes). Several weekly Cascade Bicycle Club rides start here because of its location near several popular bike routes and ample parking.

Old-timers have told me that this area had a working dock for a lumber mill.

On the 4th day of 30 Days of Biking, the park seemed like a good destination on a day that I rarely ride. I need to be at my daughter’s school at 11 a.m. on Wednesdays, so I always just blow off a Wednesday bike ride.

This morning I finished up a blog post, put on a rain jacket, and rolled out into the drizzle. After a cold downhill, I bucked the southerly breezes on the I-405 bike trail, and passed the Seahawks training facility and an EPA superfund cleanup site.

The Lake Washington route gives views of the Olympic Mountains and Mt. Rainier on clear days, but this morning I just scanned the waterfront as I rode along.

If not for 30DOB, this is one bike ride I wouldn’t have taken.

30 Days of Biking

Total days — 4/4

Total miles — 52

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