This month (April 2016) marks the grand opening of the of the Longest Floating Bridge in the World. The 520 bridge which spans Lake Washington east of Seattle celebrated its grand opening the weekend of April 2nd with two major events, the Bridge Run, and the inaugural Emerald City Bike Ride (ECBR). The ECBR was sponsored by the Cascade Bicycle Club. Dad was lucky enough to get a spot in the ECBR, and the morning of April 3rd found him loading up his bike into the back of the truck, while explaining to Mongo why Dad was flying solo that day.
Mongo gave Dad his best sad puppy look, but Dad did not waver. It did not take a rocket scientist to realize that bike trips were not for Mongo. In fact, Mongo gets very upset when the wheeled-monster throws Dad on its back and kidnaps him. Sometimes Dad leaves the yard with that monstrosity, and doesn’t return for hours!!! So Mongo consistently tries to knock the monster out from under Dad, presumably to keep Dad safe. This is not a good long-term plan for Dad or Mongo. Fortunately, other bicyclists do not upset Mongo. His is not a universal crusade to rid the world of Schwinns, but is just aimed to keep his Dad safe.
So Dad distracted Mongo with a nice soup bone, and headed out the back gate.
The inaugural route was very exciting. The cyclists left from the University of Washington Stadium and then crossed over the new 520 bridge and back. From there, the route went through Seattle to the I-5 express lanes which had been reserved for cyclists for the day.
The route reached it’s first rest area in the International District in south Seattle. From there it headed north to Madrona Park, and then finished back at the stadium.
The weather was superb, and after the huge goat roping contest at the start, smoothed out to a fantastic ride for the remaining 18 miles or so.