Our October 8th We Bike, We Count! ride was terrific. For a day predicted to be non-stop rainy, we really lucked out with a completely dry ride on the way over to West Seattle…not so much on the way back, though.

See the Critical Lass: We Bike, We Count Flickr album for all the pictures.

The forecast kept our numbers low, but we five riders has a lovely time together. Our ten-mile route to West Seattle took us by all three bike counters with displays: Fremont, Downtown, and West Seattle swing bridge:

Critical Lass at the Fremont Bridge bike counter

Critical Lass at the Fremont Bridge bike counter

Critical Lass at the downtown bike counter

Critical Lass at the downtown bike counter

Critical Lass at the West Seattle bike counter

Critical Lass at the West Seattle bike counter

Our one problem (besides the weather) was the threat of tacks on the Westlake Cycletrack. Our last ride, Critical Lass cycles through the seasons, left one rider with a flat from Westlake so this time we took a vote ahead of time: Westlake or Dexter? The consensus was to risk it. We even checked our tires for tacks after!

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But still, Lisa fell prey to a tack poke (no leftover telltale tack this time, though). Silver lining: we were delighted by her flat fix technique, complete with little blanket upon which to rest the saddle of her upside down bike.

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The rain started right as we arrived to Marination Ma Kai for lunch. We had an hour to eat before the next (2:00 p.m.) water taxi so the timing was perfect. That rain never let up, but the 5.5-mile ride back to Fremont wasn’t too miserable given the cheery company. For most of us, this was our first time on the newer water taxi vessel and the bike accommodations are amazing–so much space!

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And then pedal pedal pedal rain rain rain blah blah blah. Let’s do it again soon!

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