Day 7 of “30 Days of Bicycling” found me craving some carbs after 20-some miles of fighting a stiff breeze blowing over the Cascade foothills.
The Hobart General Store and post office loomed ahead and I pulled in for a snack.
This is always a great place to stop for a number of reasons, among them the community bulletin board, at left.
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When the local grocery store closed in the economic downturn of 2008, it meant market runs 3 or 4 days a week for odds and ends grew from a half-mile bike ride to about 4 miles.
Although I miss the local grocer, I enjoy getting the chance for a longer bike ride to the Safeway, QFC or farmer’s market. If the weather is decent, running an errand to the grocery store can turn into a ride of 20 or more miles.
When I’m picking up a medium load like today, I’ll attach the old Eclipse panniers that have served me since my TransAmerica bicycle tour in 1984. …
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On Day 5 of 30 Days of Biking, I set out by bicycle to discover why a park on Mercer Island — Luther Burbank Park — was named for an African-American botanist who developed new uses for the peanut.
As many of you can guess, the first thing I discovered was that Luther Burbank was white and developed new and improved strains of hundreds of plants, but not the peanut.
I had him mixed up with George Washington Carver. I’m sometimes surprised by the depth of my ignorance, but not often.
But that still left the question of the name of the park, located on 77 acres on the north end of Mercer Island with 3/4 miles of prime Lake Washington shoreline; more than that owned by Bill Gates. …
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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 …
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As much as I love bicycling, there was nothing much inspiring or exhilarating about Day 3 of 30 Days of Biking.
Monday’s glorious sunshine was long gone and the seasonal blustery rainy weather returned.
I took the opportunity to return a Blockbuster video and stop at the store on the way home.
Before the video chain downsized, that would have meant a 4-mile bike ride. But a couple of years ago Blockbuster closed its nearby store so it gives me an opportunity for a 10-mile round-trip …
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Day 2 of “30 Days of Biking” sent me out May Valley Road to Squak State Park and back.
This is my default 20-mile bike route here in Washington. It hugs the south-facing base of Cougar and Squak mountains so if there’s any sun, it gets some warmth.
More than that, it’s a two-lane road …
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Originally I dismissed the idea of 30 Days of Biking, launched in 2010 and posted to Twitter by two Minneapolis cyclists as #30daysofbiking.
It is returning in 2012, and already I can see several dates looming in April when I just don’t know how I’ll get out on my bike to ride.
I have good reasons to skip those days. But other people have what they call “good reasons” to skip a day, or a week, or a month or to never use a bike to ride to work, run an errand, or just get some exercise.
Maybe my reasons are just as lame. So I’m going to give it a go and see how many days I can ride this month. Maybe I’ll do all 30, which would be great. Maybe I’ll only hit 25 …
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