May 21st was Bike to Work Day!
I was talking about riding my bicycle to work for some time and decided that bike to work day would be the perfect day to actually do it. Who cares if it’s been raining non stop for weeks!
Friday morning, I got all my gear together and talked my wife into riding part of the way with me. I really had no idea what to expect. Many web sites talked about free food and coffee with bicycle checkups being done along many of the bicycle trails in the greater Seattle area. Checking the map, it looked like I would ride past 3 of these stops.
This is the first stop I went by, just north of Redmond. They had tons of free water bottles, coffee, snacks, a couple of bike mechanics, and lots of information about up coming rides, both competitive and non.
I had forgotten to check my tires before leaving the house. It was the first time I had done that. Usually, I’ve very careful about my tires. I think this one time, it was exciting to see what Bike to Work day was all about, so I just forgot. One of the bike mechanics brought over his tire pump and gave me a few extra PSI to keep me going up the trail 🙂
And here’s my wife, patiently waiting for me to finish talking to the Cascade Bicycle Club. I’ve thought of joining the club for a while now, and they had a special for Bike to Work Day.
The Woodinville stop was a bit more crowded. Here, Amy turned back towards home while I continued on to work. I didn’t stop here long, and didn’t talk to anyone at the booth. They were pretty busy with the other riders.
A little further up the trail, and I took a fork away from the Sammamish River towards UW Bothell. This was the smallest stop I went by, and the least busy. I figured they get busier later on when more students were riding by to class. They were very friendly and came over to talk to me and give me more free snacks 😀
I think Bike to Work Day was a great success. Despite a little drizzle, there were still a lot of people out riding. And, on the way home, I got dumped on. I am now rain certified on the bike 🙂