Let’s Ride: 4 Tours to Celebrate BPS 2nd Edition
To celebrate the release of the 2nd edition of Biking Puget Sound, I’m leading a series of four rides from the book. During April and May, we’ll tour the tulip fields, circle Tacoma, and traverse Seattle in two directions: east-west and north-south.
All the rides are part of the Cascade Bicycle Club’s free daily rides series, and I’ll guide the rides in my role as a Cascade Ride Leader.
Here are the four rides:
Skagit Flats & Tulip Fields, Sunday, April 5, 11 a.m.
Spend Easter Sunday among the tulip fields and flat farmland of Skagit County. We’ll meet in Mt. Vernon, then ride out to Fir Island and stop for a bite at the welcoming Rexville Grocery deli before touring the tulip fields. Optional side trip to LaConner based on the weather. Bring your camera and $ for snacks, and dress to ward off windy, chilly conditions.
South Seattle: Georgetown to Mount Baker, Saturday, April 11, 1 p.m.
Discover a new neighborhood or a good crosstown route in this ramble that skirts the east edge of West Seattle, crosses Georgetown, climbs up to Beacon Hill and winds down to Lake Washington. Highlights include the Hat n’ Boots sculpture, Trailer Park Mall, Beacon Food Forest, Cheasty and Mt. Baker boulevards, 3 paved trails and even the 1st Avenue South Bridge. Coffee stop at Jefferson Park.
Intermission: Want to attend a great event and see and hear more about my rides? Come to my talk at the Pedaler’s Fair on Saturday, May 2 at 1 p.m.
The event is on east Capitol Hill and features a marketplace for bicycle-inspired businesses. You can find a lot of great locally made stuff for your bike and yourself. And in my talk, I’ll highlight a number of rides that are new in the book, and will have maps on hand to field route questions from the audience.
UW, the Arboretum and Central Seattle, Saturday, May 16, 1 p.m.
Explore some great Seattle neighborhoods in this ramble from Green Lake through the University District, Capitol Hill, the Central District and Wallingford. We’ll visit the Washington Park Arboretum and Interlaken Park, and ride parts of three paved trails. Coffee stop in Pike/Pine neighborhood.
Downtown Tacoma and The Narrows, Saturday, May 30, 11 a.m.
Take an afternoon to explore Tacoma in this ramble that meets at the Tacoma Dome light rail station and heads out to Point Defiance and the Narrows Bridges. We’ll ride along Tacoma’s waterfront out to the Vashon ferry terminal, then stop for a picnic lunch in Point Defiance Park. From there we’ll ride city streets to the Narrows Bridges, and ride across the bridge for its great views. Then we’ll come back through the University of Puget Sound neighborhood and skirt the edge of downtown to return to Freighthouse Square. Pack a lunch for our mid-ride picnic.
Start locations and other details are available on the CBC ride listings linked above. Please arrive 15 minutes before departure time to sign the waiver and get ready to ride. Bike helmets are required.
All of these rides are routes available in Biking Puget Sound. After each ride, copies of the book will be available for purchase for $20, cash or check. (More about the 2nd edition.)
To cap each ride, we’ll rack the bikes and seek out a local coffee shop or pub for some social time.
Hope you can join the fun and help me celebrate my new book!