Western US Moto Adventure 7/21/2012: WA – Hiking near Seattle

First order of today was dropping Kevin’s bike off at the Ducati dealership in Seattle so they could fix his rear brake. Bike shops aren’t generally open on Sundays or Mondays, so we were hoping the issue would be resolved today, or we wouldn’t get Kevin’s bike back until Tuesday. Dave graciously drove and led Kevin over to the dealership so we could drop his bike off when they opened at 10.

Since it was such a beautiful day, we decided to go on a hike while the dealership worked on Kevin’s bike. A few miles east on I-90, and we were at the base of the Denny Creek trail. We decided to hike at least to the picturesque waterfall, and then see how far we got until it was time to turn around in order to make it back to the dealership before it closed.

This section of the trail is only about 4.5 miles long, ending in a small lake high in the mountains after passing by several waterfalls, and multiple long distance views. We thought it would be fun to get to the lake for a picture before turning around.

And this is where I learned the difference between hiking in the mountains out west versus at home. Even though the trail was only 4.5 miles long, it was also over 2500 ft up. That’s a lot. At least for me, anyway. That’s almost half a mile, which would not have been too much if we had started sooner in the day, but there was no way I could keep the pace required to make the lake in time (I wasn’t the only one). The trail just kept going UP.

At least we made it to the top. At this point, it was a challenge to make it that far, but I didn’t want to give up. I was determined to make the lake, but it was another 200 ft decent after the peak. We just didn’t have time. It still felt really good to be off the bikes for a bit and get some real exercise.

We made it back to the dealership just in time to pick up Kevin’s bike, with the rear brake working like new. The day ended with a delicious sushi dinner, followed by ice cream while walking around the neighborhood.

7/21/2012 – 7 miles moving the bikes from the current apartment to the new one. Parking in Seattle is difficult.

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