Wednesday, April 23, 2014

#30DaysofScootering: Rolling Up To Redmond

Wednesday is my virtual Saturday so today I took advantage of my free time to scooter up to Redmond. I'd been wanting to go to a used bookstore up there and last night Christine informed me that her coworker Gary got replacement wheels for his scooter at "the scooter shop in Redmond." "There's a scooter shop in Redmond?" "Yep, not scooters like yours. Trick scooters." It doesn't matter, if there's a scooter shop, I'm going to go check it out. Christine had gotten the name from Gary, Pro Scooter Shop. Google told me how to get there.

I roll north under cloudy skies.

Still lots of blossoms on the trees.

The goats are having breakfast.

I roll past the boat landing at the state park. No eagles today.

At the Sammamish city limit, I switch from trail riding to riding on the sidewalk, bike lane and road shoulder.

All the way up to Redmond there is at least a decent shoulder on the road.

On the scooter, I'm prone to stop and check out all the little creeks.

This is kind of pretty, tucked in among the big overflow pipes that keep the parkway from being flooded when the rains get intense.

The shoulder is wide enough for scootering or biking.

When I have a sidewalk, I tend to scoot there.

In Redmond, the paved trail resumes. I take the tunnel under the parkway.

The northern section of the Sammamish Trail is closed because the city is going to be paving it. In a few years we'll have a completely paved trail running all the way from Issaquah to Seattle.

I turn onto the Marymoor Connector Trail.

This map shows the various trails and parks in King County.

Marymoor is the big park in Redmond at the north end of Lake Sammamish.

This little bridge crosses the Sammamish River.

The trail follows the river north.

I turn off in Redmond to see what I find at McDonald's Book Exchange.

Today I found a nifty old paperback collection of creepy stories by Robert Bloch and Ray Bradbury.

I rejoin the trail and cross over the river at 90th Street. I roll over to Willows Road and then up to 95th.

Pro Scooter Shop is a little place tucked away in a business park.

They have a bunch of cool scooters, but none I like better than mine. The Lucky Dirt Scooter: The Warthog (bottom scooter in the picture above) looks super tough.

Except for the Warthog, most of the scooters had smaller wheels than I prefer. But if you're into trick scooters, these guys have you covered.

I roll back toward home.

You can never go too far around here without finding some salmon-themed art.

The Redmond Public Library has decided to go with another Pacific Northwest icon for its bit of sculpture.

I like to check the Friends of the Library shelves for inexpensive for-sale books. Today I come up empty, but I did get to park next to this nifty Dahon folding bike.

Back at the park, I take a couple of pictures of the old windmill.

There are some great old trees here. This used to be an estate.

I roll back towards Issaquah.

At the Sammamish town line, I'm back to riding on the shoulder.

My randonneuring pals help keep this section of road clean.

The main business district of Sammamish is up on the Plateau.

After more miles rolling south, I'm back home.

33 miles of scootering today. The clouds threatened rain all day but aside from a couple of very light sprinkles, I stayed dry. My April total is now up to 209.55 miles of scootering.

Tuesday, April 22, 2014

#30DaysofScootering: Little Free Libraries

I'm all caught up on repairs and bike builds at the shop, so I got off work a few hours early today. Naturally, I went scootering. My first stop was the Issaquah Visitor's Center.

I've been showing off a bunch of Issaquah trails on the blog this month, so I figured I'd pick up a couple of the local maps. These pictures give you an overview of some of the good places in town to hike, bike or scoot.

I'm rolling up toward Lake Sammamish State Park and then heading west to south Bellevue today.

The day is a mix of sun and clouds, but it's edging more towards sun at the moment.

This is more of the old Pickering farm site.

All the rain we get sure makes things green.

One of the board bridges in Sammamish State Park.

More of our excellent trail system.

The ridge in the background is Cougar Mountain.

As I leave the State Park, I lose the really nice bike and walking lane. The shoulder could be better, but I'm glad that there is at least some shoulder.

When drivers see somebody with a camera, they tend to remember the speed limit.

It's another pretty day in the Pacific Northwest.

One of the little creeks that flows into Lake Sammamish.

This little park is a hidden gem. Christine & I like to picnic here.

I've pretty much come around the southern edge of the lake now. I'll be heading north from here.

Heading north, toward Vasa Park.

This wide sidewalk/trail is still quite new. It's a terrific surface for scootering.

Looking north along Lake Sammamish.

I turn away from the lake here.

And cross yet another little creek.

This is on of my destinations, A Little Free Library. I'd heard about the Little Free Libraries and found out there were two here in South Bellevue, about six miles from my home. This one is kind of disappointing. It looks like it is on a lot that has been sold and the library is in a bit of disrepair. The window in the door has come loose and none of the books are my kind of thing.

It's also hard to get to, there is kind of a swamp in front of it. I brought some books in my backpack and I leave a Sci-Fi novel but I don't take anything.

It looks like there is going to be some new construction here. I bet the original Free Librarian has moved away. I scooter off to visit the next Free Library which is only a few blocks away.

I have to go (walk!) up a STEEP hill to get to this Free Library, but it's worth it. This picture gives you an idea of the grade.

This Free Library is very neat and tidy.

And it has great books. You can click the picture to embiggen it.

Here's the second shelf.

I brought three books to donate.

And I wound up taking two home.

I made sure I left everything neat.

The Little Free Libraries are really cool. Christine and I don't have any space at our apartment to set one up, but I'm happy to do my bit by visiting the libraries in my area. The Little Free Library website has a map of all the libraries and information about how to set up your own. It's a really cool way to keep books in circulation.

This is the view from this Little Free Library.

I scooter back towards home.

It's nice to have a wide lane.

The lane is narrower here. To my right is the zooming traffic of I-90. Tiger Mountain is shrouded in the clouds up ahead.

And now I'm back at the Pickering Farm site.

And deep in the wilds of Issaquah, the land that is my home.

13.75 miles of scootering today, bringing my April total to 176.55 miles.