Foothills and Hobart

I always had problems with steep hills in the past due to a bicycle's stability decreasing as its wheels spin more slowly, but they weren't an issue this time, likely thanks to past 'training' on my folding bicycle.

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  1. A friend who is essentially acting as my coach suggested this route, and I thought it'd be a great opportunity to see higher elevations.
  2. In the past, I had always disregarded Google Maps's routing from the Ship Canal to the I-90 bridge, but I decided to just try them out this time.  They were largely fine, until I made a minor error that sent me down the wrong street (one block off; I'm still confused as to how I made that mistake).  I eventually found the route again, but I noticed some rather steep parts were involved to actually get up to the bridge.  No wonder the bicycling directions are "still in beta" (whatever that means for Google.
  3. I kept making my way southeast, which gradually sent me into rural King County—where there were a surprising number of road cyclists going about—and up some slopes which are steeper than those I would normally face here.  I still managed my way up, with a break towards the top of the last one.
  4. It was largely downhill to the Cedar River Trail.
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  8. There were these two pairs of shoes on a picnic table near where I joined the trail, too.
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  11. The trail runs along the Cedar River (hence the name).
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  13. I then continued to make my way back home, via Renton, Beacon Hill, and Downtown Seattle.  There was some construction and a whole lot of traffic.
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