Rails to Trails

August 20, 2007

I went out for a bike ride this past weekend – we caught the Snoqualmie Valley Trail at the trail head in Duvall and then biked down a few miles to the south.

It was fun – although we had bought bikes last year, we kept coming up with excuses as to why not to go out on any given weekend. I had become enamored with the Sammamish River trail (it runs 10 miles, from Marymoor to Bothell), and had wanted to bike that, but a coworker had suggested another trail that he had walked a bit off – so he marked out the parking lot to meet at and we started biking.

The trail is about 20 miles long, and is a part of the Rails to Trails program. I believe we did about 8 miles of it, then went back. We’re going to try and pick it up again this weekend, this time a bit further south, and see how far we can go.

As you can see by the picture, the trail is a dirt and loose gravel. It runs through a lot of farmland, corn fields, and past some very tasty blackberry bushes. The bushes were out there in the sun, just soaking up the rays and storing it as up sweet juice that I was sure to not ignore – it would have been disrespectful to mother nature after all.

And, the best thing about the trip was it was an excellent way to get some exercise without having to go into the gym! Granted, it wasn’t the most strenuous of work outs, but I like to think that we made up in length what it lacked in intensity. But I’ll try and get some more pictures from this upcoming week’s bike ride. While I got a lot of the scenery, there aren’t any of me on my bright red bike!

Cliff Simpkins

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