South Through Burien

Using a new cycling technique and bridging the 'gap in my map' around Burien and Federal Way.

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  1. After seeing a physical therapist who did a bike fit and prescribed exercises for me, I was told to change my posture and pedaling style.  I also had to forego my glasses due to the fix I had made to them preventing me from seeing at my extreme left, vital for riding in traffic.  Instead, I wore some photochromatic non-prescription riding sunglasses.  While I can see, my eyes would eventually become stressed and sore after a while.
  2. I started at about 05:15 today.  When riding through downtown and SoDo, I saw red light after red light.
  3. Every time I go through South Park's eastern side, I've photographed the progress on the bridge.  I can't really tell if it's progressed at all.
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
  5. The normal route after that involves heading along a small road paralleling SR-99 toward the Green River, but I instead crossed it and headed up a long uphill road to North Seatac.
  6. The route took me around the west side of the airport and to Burien.
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
  9. I saw this strange thing in the distance (white thing at the center) when in Federal Way.
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
  11. Here's the view from Google Maps's satellite imagery.  Looks like nothing more than a sculpture.  (In the lower-right is I-5.)
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
  13. Federal Way was shockingly similar to Lynnwood, a similar suburb to the north of Seattle.  The development around the intersection of SR-99 and SR-161 was pretty much identical.
  14. While I mainly stuck to the roads (as always) I left them for a bit via the West Campus Trail and BPA Trail.  The West Campus Trail seemed targeted more toward pedestrians and was rather narrow and in poor shape, while the BPA Trail was a lot like the Cushman Powerline Trail seen on my previous ride, or the Chief Sealth Trail in Seattle.  The below photos are of the BPA Trail.
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
  18. This is the end of the West Campus Trail, where it connects to the BPA Trail:
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    Picasa Web Albums - Neil Hodges
  20. (I just love how vibrant they look when the Sun is out.)
  21. While on the BPA Trail, I saw this curious bus stop arrangement.  I guess Metro and Pierce Transit aren't on good terms design-wise.
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