North Bend

The most elevation gain yet!

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  1. The map doesn't show the three big climbs I did.
  2. I started with my normal route to the I-90 Trail, which involves going across the José Rizal Bridge, the one that carries 12th Ave.  There were a lot of conflicting detours for bicycles in the area due to the streetcar construction, so the route there was a bit confusing.
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
  4. A friend once said something to me about how sustained physical exertion can clear the mind and allow one to think about things other than the constant stimulus the world throws at one.
  5. The route I had planned involved skirting the southern edge of Lake Sammamish, but there was construction along there. which only allowed northbound traffic.  Seeing no other options, I headed north along the western edge instead.
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
  7. This took me to Marymoor Park, where I started heading east.  I had to reverse the portion of my route there, since it originally went westward from my destination.
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
  9. It involved a pedestrian tunnel which I didn't even know existed, but I just stuck to the streets and made a left approximately where my GPS showed the turn.  This took me along Redmond-Fall City Road, which ranged from a four-lane highway with a wide shoulder to a narrow rural highway with very little shoulder.  It wasn't much fun having cars zip by me on the latter part.
  10. My turn from that highway took me up the western slope of Tolt Hill.
  11. However, my original route would've been significantly more difficult.  At that point, I was glad that West Lake Sammamish Highway was closed there.
  12. After zipping down the hill, I stopped when Google's directions (1) told me to go through "PRIVATE PROPERTY" and "NO TRESPASSING" signs.  In any case, I would've ended up at a gravel trail, which wouldn't have been much fun.  (I went up the stairs to the trail where I was, and wasn't too happy with my findings.)
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
  14. My second option (2), which would've involved roads I had discovered before thanks to a previous route given to me.  It was flooded, and a couple of guys heading in the opposite direction said it was up to their bottom brackets (700C wheels).  After seeing a police officer stop a car whose driver wanted to go through, I started heading another way.
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
  16. No other options left, I took the highway (3, Carnation-Fall City Road).
  17. After riding for a while, I've noticed that this bike gives me even worse saddle-sore than my previous one.  I'm going to inquire about adjustments on the seat and posture later on.
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