Here are some [very dark] photos of our most recent ride: Sunday, December 15th to Candy Cane Lane in Ravenna. The day started out dry and well above freezing, but as luck would have it, the drizzle started shortly before 4pm and quickly turned into light rain. Despite the inclement weather, 11 riders gathered inside Cowen Park Grocery and while we waited for darkness to fall, the skies cleared.

Critical Lass at CPG

A short mile jaunt brought us to Candy Cane Lane–here we are crossing above the Ravenna Park ravine on the 20th Ave NE Bridge. Bikes and feet only!

Car-free bridge

Candy Cane Lane was great. We easily found an opening to enter the one-way circuit and there was plenty of room to stop for a group picture in front of the traffic circle.

Candy Cane Lane

We saw a few families walking through the light display, but the majority of visitors were car bound. We maintain that biking is the best way to appreciate the show.

Candy Cane Lane

Candy Cane Lane

Candy Cane Lane

Like last year’s ride, we hit the food donation bin on our way out. Meeting at a cafe/grocery store turned out to be a great idea.

Candy Cane Lane food donation bin

And then we were off for a two-miles ride to Green Lake.

Back across the bridge:

Car-free bridge

Through the neighborhood (where we encountered an oncoming car on our one-way street…grr):

Critical Lass riding through Ravenna

And finally along the buffered (by paint) bike lane of Ravenna Blvd:

Critical Lass on Ravenna Blvd

We ended the evening at Forza Coffee Company for warm drinks.

Critical Lass at Forza Coffee Company

Here’s our route: