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by izenmania
on 6/18/2008 @ 1:13pm
As mentioned previously, I'm unavailable on Sunday, but free Saturday afternoon.

I believe that Heather had an idea for a ride, so if she wants to step up and plot something, I'm all for it. If not, I've slapped together this possible route:

(removed because feed>>tacoma has issues with google map links)

Obviously it's variable, but the basic gist is: down Tacoma to the waterfront, Ruston Way until it ends, then up, across Pearl, take Narrows until it turns into Jackson, then up 27th to Fircrest, and then some zig-zaggy route that lands us at the Red Hot.

13.5 miles from Division and Tacoma to the Red Hot, which makes it a couple miles longer than our last ride out to PD.

Main fun zones (and by fun I mean... less so) are coming up off of Ruston way, and dealing with cars on Jackson, especially where it crosses the 16.


by AP on 6/18/2008 @ 2:49pm
Primary thought for izenmania: leave some energy in the tank for Saturday night.. you know why..

by izenmania on 6/18/2008 @ 2:54pm
Fear not, sir... I always have energy left over for RAWK.

by izenmania on 6/18/2008 @ 4:18pm
Okay, I give up on long urls... go tinyurl!

Initial proposed ride (13.5 miles):

Possible shorter version (9.9 miles):

by Heather on 6/18/2008 @ 4:22pm
I plan to join you and I think Rick will also. He's ridden twice to work this week already, I'm so proud of him. (Also very thrilled to have him working in town this week.)

The route sounds good.

Are we climbing up to Pearl via the N 49th/ Waterview/ Ferdinand hill or are we braving the tunnel illegally?

For those of us that will be practically dead after the hills, I vote for zigging through our little piece of suburbia (think Vassault instead of Narrows to 17th (Westgate) to Skyline to the pedestrian bridge over Hwy 16) to the Scott Pierson trail and then meeting up with those stronger than myself in Red Hot Heaven.

We should clarify beforehand if we want to ride on the "multiuse trail" along Ruston or stick to the street. Out of consideration for pedestrians, dogwalkers, and skaters, I vote for the street.

What time do we want to meet downtown?

Thank you, Izenman, for keeping this going.

by izenmania on 6/18/2008 @ 4:26pm
I'd rather stay out of the tunnel. There are reasons for it being illegal.

Everything after getting up from the waterfront is up for debate... you know that neighborhood west of Pearl better than I do, I'm sure.

When pretty much depends on who all joins in. I vote for later in the afternoon, as I may need to go up to Seattle for a bit in the morning, and travelling by bus means that the trip will extend into afternoon.

Edit in: I was going to try and construct a map of your suggestions, but car-oriented google maps doesn't let me draw a line across the 16 at the pedestrian bridge. Suffice to say that it's only minimally shorter, but does cut out a chunk of hill that comes of heading all the way down to Jackson.

I think all of us can do that, and then once across the freeway we can all judge how tired we feel and decide who wants to just barrel up 6th to the Red Hot (totaling about 11 miles) and who (if anyone) wants to detour further south and then head through Fircrest on the way back. I couldn't say for certain how I'll feel after those hills.

by Heather on 6/18/2008 @ 6:43pm
Sounds great. I've been frustrated by trying to map bike routes before because of that bridge too. It is so fun to ride over though, with a beautiful view, and really cuts out some ugly intersections.

Do you think you'll be home in time to start by 2 or 3?

by izenmania on 6/18/2008 @ 6:55pm
Now that I know I won't be filming that day, I can safely plan on catching the bus back from Seattle that is scheduled to land me at 10th and Commerce at 1:34, allowing for a 2 PM start.

Where shall we meet? Wright Park? Stadium Thriftway parking lot?

by jcbetty on 6/18/2008 @ 7:05pm
there are some really good running-map programs ( -- I just can't think of their names. I'm in, sitter-pending

by izenmania on 6/20/2008 @ 5:05pm

Just a reminder... I think we'll go for meeting in the Northwest corner (Division and I) of Wright Park at 2:00 PM.

Try to sound off by 1:30 PM so we know who to wait for.

Also... anybody planning on joining in late? Doesn't seem too likely, as the best part of the ride (Ruston Way) is right at the beginning, but I thought I'd check.

by Heather on 6/20/2008 @ 5:07pm
We'll probably leave the house at 1:30 in order to be assured of arriving at Wright Park by 2. We'll "sound off" before we start rolling.

by Heather on 6/20/2008 @ 8:20pm
And for the record (again) ANYONE & EVERYONE is welcome to join the ride -- including Ms. Narcissist. I don't know about cliques around here, but the bike group is definitely not one of them. Please join us anywhere along the route. We have a variety of levels of riders. Last time that we rode, we broke off in to a couple of groups based on speed/stamina and it worked well. Come join us!

by Heather on 6/21/2008 @ 11:39am
We are leaving here soon to include the Proctor market and lunch with a friend on our way to Wright Park. We'll see you at 2 :)

by izenmania on 6/23/2008 @ 8:31am
Good times on the ride, only one time where I kind of wanted to die (coming up the hill from Ruston Way). We ended up cutting off the whole Jackson->27th->Fircrest bit and went along the Scott Pearson trail instead. Cool trail that I didn't know was there... it starts off as a double-wide sidewalk down by the end of the 16, and then, with a few street crossings, but mostly independent of roads, follows Highway 16, and then spits out at 25th and State, right by the Trib offices. From there we zig-zagged down to the Red Hot.

There has been talk of the next ride going across the bridge to Gig Harbor... any thoughts on specifics? I'll probably start a thread for that later today.

by Mofo from the Hood on 6/23/2008 @ 10:47am
One of these days when I save up enough money to buy a helmet (maybe check-out Goodwill? Pawnshops?), I'm gonna ride with the big kids.
Outlaw Biker

by Heather on 6/23/2008 @ 11:11am
We had a helmet-less rider with us this last ride (who I suspected all along was Mofo, perhaps I was wrong...) And I have to admit that I removed mine about 2/3 of the way up that killer hill -- I swear it got muggier every 12 inches of that climb and steam was unsuccessfully trying to escape off the top of my head. The helmet just had to pop, like the valve on my gramma's pressure cooker.

by izenmania on 6/23/2008 @ 11:13am
No, Doug's not Mofo. He doesn't have an f>>t account, as far as I know, and remains a lurking reader.

by Heather on 6/23/2008 @ 11:16am
Whew - I thought he seemed too nice to be Mofo ;)

by Heather on 6/23/2008 @ 11:41am
Hey! I forgot to mention that when we arrived home, Rick's odometer showed that we rode about 22 miles from start to finish. My longest ride to date! :) Thanks guys!

by Mofo from the Hood on 6/23/2008 @ 11:47am
Hey. I said I wanted to ride with you big kids, NOT be nice to you.

by thriceallamerican on 6/23/2008 @ 12:44pm
Bike helmets are one of those things that even cheapskates and/or freecyclers should buy new. Kind of like car baby seats.

by izenmania on 6/23/2008 @ 1:08pm
Yeah, a used bike helmet, no matter how new it might look, can't be trusted. These helmets are designed to absorb one major impact... if it's cracked or pre-weakened at all, your melon remains vulnerable.

by Mofo from the Hood on 6/23/2008 @ 3:45pm
I'll check around town on helmet pricing. Don't shun me if I show up without a helmet. I know it's risky.

Also, I like to attach playing cards with clothes pins to my bike's forks. When the wheels turn, the spokes hitting the cards sounds like a motorcycle. Really saves the vocal chords.

by d0ug on 6/23/2008 @ 5:33pm
made an account, no longer lurking.