Weather … after an historical ride

The 50 year old Seattle Viaduct will be destroyed. A new tunnel into town will take its place. It is a HUGE deal around here. The tunnel opens today (2/4) for auto traffic. This weekend there were 30,000 walkers/runners allowed for part of it on Saturday, and 12,000 cylists to ride the entire tunnel and the viaduct on Sunday. We did the bike ride.

I didn’t take many photos, or very good ones, as I was attending to other riders, many of whom were NOT attentive. It was an ‘adventure’ that I am glad to have done, but riding with that many cyclists (some quite inexperienced) is a risk!!

Our intent was to ride to Seattle on Saturday and stay at a hotel for two nights and ride home the day after the Tunnel Ride. WELL!!! SNOW had us change our plans, and fortunately so. Halfway home the snow started.

Here we are on our way to the city on Saturday.

The next day (Sunday) we left our hotel which was located right at the start of the ride (good planning).

After the ride (no snow, no rain — YAY!), we returned to our hotel and watched the impending snow news. It kept getting worse so we starting packing for our departure. We were a little disappointed to have to shorten our adventure in town, but knew better than to stay another night.

We were fortunate for the first half of our return trip, but soon the wet frozen water starting hitting us. It was not that nice, soft, fluffy stuff. No, it was more like pinging needles hitting your face.

 

We got home in some accumulated snow and felt fortunate to have made it! Near home it did become soft and fluffy and since we were now only blocks from home, we started to enjoy it!

It is still snowing this morning with expected 5-6 inches by the end, and SeaTac Airport has canceled flights!! This is our first snow of the season and it is a good one.

Good to be home safe and warm!

Here is an update photo of this morning’s snow at house. About 4 inches and still snowing. We are not used to this around here ;’-0.

 

18 response to "Weather … after an historical ride"

  1. By: Scooter Posted: February 4, 2019

    I can’t believe the viaduct is coming down after all these years! The waterfront will change so fast once it’s gone, I’m sure. I’ll have to hurry up and see it one last time before it’s blown away. And snow! Quite the adventure.

    • By: NancyG Posted: February 4, 2019

      Yes, there is a bit of sadness to see this icon destroyed! But you know — change is the one thing we can count on. Snow is incredible today — near 8 inches at our house in Mukilteo! That is a lot for us. Temps low for the next few days will see icy conditions for any potential drivers (I will not be one of those).

    • By: NancyG Posted: February 4, 2019

      Adventure is the word! And one that will not soon be forgotten ;’-)

  2. By: Rich-Illinois Posted: February 4, 2019

    12,000 riders!! Wow! Ill bet it did get dicey riding!
    A great Adventure nonetheless.
    Beautiful snow photo.

    “The weather will continue to change, on and off, for a very long time” Al Sleet –the Hippy Dippy Weather Man’s concluding statement.

    • By: NancyG Posted: February 4, 2019

      Oh my yes — riding in that number is definitely an experience. All types of cyclists riding with now real group ”etiquette” or a lot of knowledge and awareness of others. Rather not do that much! And I don’t.
      We will keep watching the weather changes and stay safe!

  3. By: Suzanne Posted: February 4, 2019

    Great pics, great ride! It seems you got your timing right. Wow, look at all that snow. It’s fun until it melts and the melt water freezes again.
    (Btw one of your pictures is upsidedown.)

    • By: NancyG Posted: February 4, 2019

      Which photo is upside down? It doesn’t show that way for me.

      • By: Suzanne Posted: February 6, 2019

        I see it’s all been fixed in the meantime! Strange that that happens, but not on your screen. For me some of Janet’s photos are often upsidedown. At least Greg could stand on his head. 🙂

        • By: NancyG Posted: February 6, 2019

          Thanks for letting me know. I did go in and play with it a little — but made no major changes.

  4. By: gregblood Posted: February 4, 2019

    Yes, I too see the photo of you and your friend with the bike trail in the background as being upside-down. No problem, I just stood on my head and everything was fine.

    Your winter adventure looked like a lot of fun. I rode quite a bit down in the Seattle waterfront area last spring and again in the fall. I love riding in that city.

    • By: NancyG Posted: February 4, 2019

      I wonder why I don’t see it upside down. I will go in to the post to edit. Then delete the one that is there and repost. Someone can tell me then if it is still upside down. What a conundrum!

        • By: NancyG Posted: February 4, 2019

          Thanks Greg. All I did was go in, delete the photo and re post it. Hmmmm.

    • By: NancyG Posted: February 5, 2019

      “Wonder Ride” is good name for it Janet. It was a wonder we could get home in the snow!

  5. By: The Navigator Posted: February 6, 2019

    What a truly grand weekend – even if not quite as planned. That’s one of the things I love about bike touring – you never quite know how it will go, even when it has a lot of planning. It’s what makes for great memories and stories. Glad you made it home safe on the slippery and snowy roads – a nice hot choc would be in order to celebrate after that!

    • By: NancyG Posted: February 6, 2019

      For such a “mini” tour, I felt that this was epic! I agree that the most memorable adventures are when a little adversity hits and you get through it ;’-). Those are the stories you tell over and over. AND — I did have a hot choc once we got home ;’-).

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