by: Garrett K.
This past Saturday I decided it was time to change up my long ride route. For a while I’ve been taking this awesome 20 mile stretch of trail up north of Seattle Leaving from Snohomish and getting off in the town of Arlington. From there I usually head toward a small logging town called Darrington. For a couple reason this last statement can spell trouble for a cyclist from the city… Small town, logging town, which equals big trucks and red necks… I didn’t feel very safe riding on the side of this mountain highway road with red necks driving by as fast as they could, as close to me as they could. Don’t get me wrong I love trucks, I drove one all through high school and I look forward to owning one again some day. But I’ll never understand those who feel they need to add a huge lift to their shiny new pick up, maybe they have a complex… I’m getting off point.
My new and improved bike route is AWESOME! I took the same bike trail to begin (the Centennial Trail) and this time insted of taking the Arlington/Darrington road to red neck land, I stayed on the trail a few miles through Arlington and then took the Lake Cavanaugh road. One of my best buddies family has a cabin up at the lake and I’ve driven that road so many times over the years and I’ve always wanted to ride it. After getting off the trail at mile 27, the road quickly turns into a winding road with great rolling hills. Best part, only 5 cars drove past me the whole time! I climbed about 1500 feet to the lake, it was cold and windy when I got there, there was still snow on the ground at the lake as well!
I did a loop of the lake (8 miles) then headed back. When it was all said and done it was a 90 mile route, which took me 4 hours and 36 minutes. The double shot of espresso I took on my way back through town was a nice little pick-me-up for the final 20 miles.
I’m looking forward to taking on this route again soon!
Sundays training day was a disaster… I’ll write on that soon.