I wanted to get up and do a different route to work today (had to go in on a Sunday to support Super Bowl mobile TV traffic). I thought the route would add a few miles to my commute, give me some extra hills, and maybe take a lot longer. Surprise – it was the same 12ish miles as my normal “long” route – ha! It’s amazing how deceiving route planning can be. It was a cool morning, and there were icy parts on the road, but the sun was out, and I knew it would be a good day for a ride.
I went straight west a few miles to the Puget Sound. I stopped for a few picture of the frosty beach. It was vacant at 9am on a Sunday. The mountains were trying to peak through the clouds, and we had a nice foggy inversion happening south of Seattle.
Going across the Ballard Locks (also empty but for a few runners), I noticed the 12th man flag.
The water was so gorgeous, I found myself looking for fish in the locks. Nothing today, but with more time, I would have checked the fish ladders. I’ve heard the steelhead are running now.
I found a new route from the locks to the railway cut that allowed me to miss a short, steep rise, and then it was on to the Centennial and Myrtle Edwards and down the waterfront. The sun really makes a day in Seattle extra great!