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Bicycling to Lunch

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Scott and I enjoy taking bicycle rides on the weekends and happily Seattle has lots of dedicated trails. It’s good for exercise but as an exceptionally lazy person I found that I need a little extra motivation to get me to put on a bicycle helmet. Something like lunch, definitely on a patio, hopefully with some beer. New trails always feel like an adventure, but finding a restaurant that we wouldn’t have tried otherwise feels like victory

Here are some of my favorite bicycling and lunch combinations near Seattle:

Trip: Marymoor Park in Redmond up to Woodinville (wine country!) via the East Lake Sammamish Trail.

Food pairing: Red Hook Brewery, which has lots of bicycle racks and a big patio. And beer, obviously.

Advantages: If you get there at the right time you can catch a tour of the brewery. Also, you’ll go right past the famous Herbfarm Restaurant (!!!), though they might not appreciate you eating there in your bicycle shorts.

Trip: Carnation to Duvall via the Snoqualmie Valley Trail.

Food pairing: Armadillo BBQ which has a sun dappled back deck and and some hot sauces that might be a challenge. Smokey meats and bike paths go surprisingly well together.

Advantages: The path is unpaved and less used so you can go for a long way without seeing another soul. So much so that when I had to stop and find a bug that had bumped into me and fallen down into my bra (yikes people!) I’m fairly certain that nobody saw. Proximity to curious cows and a few bridges that allow you to watch the fish swim by below you.

Trip: Seattle Sculpture Park to the Magnolia neighborhood via the Elliott Bay Trail.

Food pairing: Maggie Bluffs, a lesser known casual counterpart to the nearby fancy Palisades restaurant. Great views, outdoor seating and shrimp.

Advantages: The ride is mostly along the waterfront so the view cannot be beat. There is a section that goes along some major train tracks and we got to witness the process of train cars being coupled by, essentially, ramming them together. It was spectacular. The train obsessed kid in our neighborhood would have lost his mind with joy.

Next I’m going to get a bicycle basket and we’re going to work on finding spots for epic picnics that cannot be reached by car.

Lunch definitely tastes better when you have traveled there under your own power. Do you have any rituals for bicycle trips? Ever find anything fabulous?

· comments [6] · 09-10-2012 · categories:misc · travel ·

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  • 1 tea_austen // Sep 10, 2012 at 4:59 pm

    Yay! This makes me happy.
    My favorite bike ride this summer was Bainbridge Island—biking onto the ferry, exploring the island, eating a picnic on the water (or in one of the restaurants over there).
    I would also like to bike to West Seattle. Haven’t done that yet. Want to come with? :-)

  • 2 megan // Sep 10, 2012 at 6:33 pm

    Tea – Would love to! Sadly my next free weekend will be mid-October. Let’s hope the weather will still be bicycle friendly then?

  • 3 Kara // Sep 10, 2012 at 8:10 pm

    I need a bit of clarity. Is smartwater available in something other than single-use bottles? Is it available refillable from the grocery store or… I’m confused.

  • 4 megan // Sep 10, 2012 at 8:34 pm

    Kara – I’ve seen larger (maybe two liter?) bottles in my stores. What are you confused about? I’ll happily see if I can get any of your questions answered!

  • 5 mims // Sep 11, 2012 at 5:56 am

    THANK YOU for mentioning and picturing a bike helmet! I get so tired of styled photos of people on bikes wearing sandals and no helmet. Sounds old school, but safety first. A TBI changes your life forever.

  • 6 megan // Sep 11, 2012 at 8:24 pm

    Mims – Of course! Helmets are a must, especially because I like to go *fast*!

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