Day 74 – Mission Accomplished! – Kent to Seattle

Miles biked – 26

Total biked – 3393

Days to Party: 1

11/12/2009   The great thing about leaving place like the Kent East Hill is that its all downhill.  We flew down into the valley and right onto the Interurban Trail that took us half way to Seattle without having to ride on the street.  We were fully charged up with oatmeal and fresh juice made lovingly by Sara’s mom (who was completely jealous that she wasn’t riding with us) and excited for our arrival to the emerald city.  On the route we hopped on and off a few other trails, hoping we could avoid the road the whole way and in no particular rush to get to our destination.  We soaked in every minute of our last official day.  We stopped for coffee at a coffee hut for the full northwest experience, but also to book-end our first day when we all had to have one last New York coffee before we officially started pedaling.

We approached Seattle from the south, though Pioneer square where we passed a few brew pubs, the malty aroma wafting through the air.  Then up the waterfront to Ivar’s for some of that famous chowder and fish and chips.  Finally seeing the space needle was an emotional moment, even for Sara who’d seen in a thousand times.  It was the end of our awesome adventure.  We’d made it.

Thanks to a bit of end of trip funds from Sara’s dad, we took the elevator up to the top and had a champagne toast to commemorate the occasion as we checked out the view.  It was a beautiful clear day and we could see the entire city, the Olympic mountains, the Cascades, Lake Union, Lake Washington and of course the Puget Sound.  As the sun hit the water it was like the whole place was glowing.  A picture perfect ending -

-at least to the bike part of the trip.  We still had a brewery tour to go to!  Pyramid, one of Seattle’s most well known breweries, had invited us to have a drink at there downtown location and we couldn’t think of a better way to wrap up the day.  We were greeted at the door and treated to dinner and a sampler of their many fine brews and then they gave us our very first brewery bike jerseys.  Getting those at the end of the ride could mean only one thing – we have to do another bike and brew tour soon!

After the brewery we pedaled to Sara’s good friend Slavka’s place on Beacon Hill.  The “hill” part of Beacon Hill is not a joke.  It really was a hill and we had to ride straight up it- at about 11% grade.  It wasn’t long, but it was VERY steep and a great reminder of how nice it would be to ride our bikes in the future without 50lbs of weight on the back.  Once we caught our breathes, we hit the town for karaoke, including some of the trip favorites: Queen – Bicycle Race, Skee Lo – I Wish and Journey – Don’t Stop Believing, preformed en masse on stage.

The Space Needle!

The Space Needle!

Bike and Brew sporting new Pyramid Jerseys

Bike and Brew sporting new Pyramid Jerseys


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