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    Hope y'all survived Election Day! I saw folks had to brave the cold rain, but I'm glad you went out anyways to the polls. Here in King County (includes Seattle, Bellevue, Redmond, Tukwila, and extends a fair bit into the mountains), they don't have polling locations except a few for those that need assistance with voting. Everyone who is registered to vote gets a ballot in the mail (I got mine on October 18) and submits their votes by mailing it in or using one of the many dropboxes around the county. I procrastinated but still submitted my ballot in time.

    Enough with politics; the other day, I did a ride through the drizzle/light rain around Cougar Mountain and Squak Mountain to visit Issaquah and saw the rest of the I-90 Trail.

    Standing at the base of Tiger Mountain at Poo Poo Point Trailhead. Giggling aside, Poo Poo Point is a launchpoint up Tiger Mountain that hanggliders and paragliders like to use, and in clear weather one can sit and watch them take off and soar through the sky. I will return on a better day (likely not going to happen until spring, it being the Pacific Northwest) to do so. Take note that the start of the trail crosses a field used for landing, so watch your head!
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    Heading north into Issaquah, I was able to ride the short yet wonderful Rainier Trail which connects to the East Lake Sammamish Trail and the local high school. It is another rail-trail that featured a train station and passes through downtown Issaquah.
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    Issaquah was a major city in the timber industry; they had this display outside to show what it looked like
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    After a visit to Lake Sammamish, I headed onto the I-90 Trail which runs just like the Custis Trail albeit with a little more separation. The geometry and colors screamed to me to take a photo with my bike, so here's my contribution to bike porn.
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    This tight, steep spiral to an overpass bridge on the I-90 Trail is a design that I've seen used in a couple of places around here. I'm not really a fan of them because they aren't easy to use on a bicycle especially when dealing with oncoming traffic.
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    I'm working on my video tour of the East Coast Greenway between Greenbelt-DC-Occoquan, so hopefully I'll be able to finish and share that sometime next week.

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    I've got more pics of my exploration of the greater Seattle area right here for ya!

    First off, I went back to the SODO district and got a good picture of the mural containing the Redskins logo. The full name of the artwork is "Standing Rock / Stolen Native Patternwork #10" by artist Spencer Keeton Cunningham. Knowing the title for the mural gives more insight to the meaning and inspiration behind its creation.
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    On one bike ride with Cascade Bicycle Club, we rode through foggy conditions to reach Flaming Geyser State Park. It is named for a perpetually burning methane seep that was set alight in the 1920's. The flame is rather small (only a few inches tall), but it's neat to see (looks better in video rather than photo form). Nearby is Bubbling Geyser which features strange silver streaks in the water that are calcium carbonate.
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    After reaching Flaming Geyser State Park with the Cascade group, I broke off to do some more exploring of the area, eventually getting hungry and stopping for lunch in the town of Black Diamond (yep, coal country) at a German-Polish restaurant named Europa. Oh, it was good, and oh, I was so full that I couldn't order dessert (sad German face)! I had a nice mug of pilsner, red cabbage, potato dumplings, and jaeger schnitzel (crispy breaded pork cutlet with gravy and mushrooms on top) which got me through the rest of my ride.
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    Quote Originally Posted by bobco85 View Post
    I've got more pics of my exploration of the greater Seattle area right here for ya!

    First off, I went back to the SODO district and got a good picture of the mural containing the Redskins logo. The full name of the artwork is "Standing Rock / Stolen Native Patternwork #10" by artist Spencer Keeton Cunningham. Knowing the title for the mural gives more insight to the meaning and inspiration behind its creation.
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    On one bike ride with Cascade Bicycle Club, we rode through foggy conditions to reach Flaming Geyser State Park. It is named for a perpetually burning methane seep that was set alight in the 1920's. The flame is rather small (only a few inches tall), but it's neat to see (looks better in video rather than photo form). Nearby is Bubbling Geyser which features strange silver streaks in the water that are calcium carbonate.
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    After reaching Flaming Geyser State Park with the Cascade group, I broke off to do some more exploring of the area, eventually getting hungry and stopping for lunch in the town of Black Diamond (yep, coal country) at a German-Polish restaurant named Europa. Oh, it was good, and oh, I was so full that I couldn't order dessert (sad German face)! I had a nice mug of pilsner, red cabbage, potato dumplings, and jaeger schnitzel (crispy breaded pork cutlet with gravy and mushrooms on top) which got me through the rest of my ride.
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    When I come visit, we must go to Europa!


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    More adventures have been completed since last week's post, including one that is a far simpler (for now) version of what is in DC.

    I've been waiting to do this, but I finally went and biked the Link Light Rail in Seattle! Just like the rides I did in DC to ride to every Metro station on each line, I biked the entirety of the Link Light Rail (we only have one line, but if you look in previous pages on this thread, expansion is on the way) from south to north. It was a good challenge, and some of those hills were brutal (climbing Beacon Hill, I had to stand and lean forward to avoid falling over backwards, and I had to stop twice to catch my breath/pick my heart up off the ground!). I will make a video on it before the year's end.

    (top-left) Station #1: Angle Lake; (top-middle) Station #2: Seatac Airport; (top-right) Station #3: Tukwila/International Blvd; (bottom-left) cool mosaic of light rail riders I see almost daily from the light rail; (bottom-right) Station #4: Rainier Beach
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    (left) Station #5: Othello; (top) Station #6: Columbia City; (bottom) Station #7: Mount Baker; (right) Station #8: Beacon Hill
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    (top-left) Station #9: SODO; (top-middle) Station #10: Stadium; (right) Station #11: International District/Chinatown; (bottom-left) Station #12: Pioneer Square; (bottom-middle) Station #13: University Street
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    (top-left) Station #14: Westlake; (top-right) Station #15: Capitol Hill; (bottom-left) Station #16: University of Washington; (bottom-right) me being happy to make it to all 16 by nightfall
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    On my way home, I stopped to look at the beautiful Seattle skyline across Lake Union from Gas Works Park, got stopped for an open Fremont (draw)bridge whose counter had googly eyes on it along with 2,649 cyclists counted that day, and perused the open portions of the really nice grade-separated-protected bike lane running alongside the Amazon Spheres
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    Quick note: due to having started a new job (yay), I cannot take vacation for the first 3 months (boo). My return trip to the DC area will likely be in April/May, but if anyone heads to the Pacific Northwest, give me a holler!

    Have a happy Thanksgiving, y'all!

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