|Lake Washington -- from Warren Magnuson Park boat launch ramp|
|Typical I-5 traffic approaching Seattle from the South 730AM one morning.|
|Bike share station in the University District|
|On a trail near Renton southeast of Seattle. Gravel surface here.|
Then on Tuesday at the university, I noticed some nice support for cyclists - parking with a roof, bike storage lockers, pumps and repair tools available, convenient parking. This is summarized at the UW bikeshare website, which notes that UW is a "Bicycle Friendly University", the only one in Washington, America's most bicycle friendly state! And on a ferry trip to Bainbridge Island for dinner at a friend's places, I could see many spandex-clad cyclists, taking the ferry on an intermodal ferry/bicycle commute.
|At least there is a roof over your bike when it rains.|
|No need to bring wrenches on a daily commute|
|$140 a year according to the UW bikeshare website. Lots of other support.|
|The beauty of Seattle's skyline from the ferry -- photos do not do it justice. Magical on a calm, warm evening.|
Next, mid-week, I took a ride on the Bantam Oregon randonneur bike into town to visit a high school friend who lives between Seattle Center and downtown. Most of the way I was in a bike lane or otherwise a well-travelled commuter route. Very nice.
The next day I took a quick exercise ride back out to the North and East of the University District. I thought I would find Burke-Gilman, but somehow missed it and ended up at Warren Magnuson Park. Eventually I found the trail and took in on a very fast return trip.
|Appropriate sculpture for Boeing's town - airplane stabilizers as sculpture at Magnuson Park.|
|Rain always close, even when you can see blue sky.|
If Portland is Beervana, Seattle is coffee paradise. The city is home to Starbucks, of course, but also Tully's and Seattle's Best, among myriad others.
|Mt. Rainier from my hotel -- finally shows itself fully near end of the week!|