We had a terrific Critical Lass Ride to the Peddler Anniversary Party.
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Flickr album: Critical Lass Rides to Peddler Anniversary Party – March 25, 2017 – 57 photos.

The weather was gorgeous for our group of eight. Starting at Pike Place Market was fun, but it’s more congested than our usual meeting spots.

I made a couple adjustments to the planned route…here’s our 10.4-mile almost loop. The construction on 4th is worse than the construction on 6th currently, so we sadly skipped biking by the oversized Popsicles on 6th, but got a great look at the Amazon biospheres on 4th.

Using 6th also makes for an easy right turn onto the one-block-long protected bike lane of Blanchard. It’s not really worth taking if coming from farther west. Also, it makes for an awkward Copenhagen Left (also called a two-stage left turn) onto 7th at the end of the block–not at all bad on a weekend, but it would be a mess to attempt with even a small group on a weekday.

Our second route change was to go a bit out of the way and ride the Ballard Greenways after leaving our mid-way stop rather than cross busy Leary again. This way we rode only one block of Market rather than four. I like that Critical Lass rides feature some arterial (busy streets) riding where we can make use of the safety-in-numbers aspect of group riding (also, there’s no way to get from point A to point B in our fair city without encountering a busy street), but one block of Market (part of the Missing Link) is plenty!

Peddler Brewing Company
The fourth anniversary party at Peddler Brewing Company was great. We were among the earliest visitors so it wasn’t crowded yet and it made for a perfect lunch stop. Cycle Dogs bike-based vegan hot dogs were there and there are always sandwiches for sale from Peddler, handy for when there’s no food truck or food bike. We all sat outside at one of the many large, sheltered picnic tables, but Peddlers also has indoor seating. They had yet to set up the patio bike racks but we brought our bikes into the patio and leaned them against the fence. Great meeting spot, safe bike stowage, food! Also, dog- and kid-friendly. We saw several sweet dogs in Peddler Brewing Co bandanas.

Walking through the Hiram M. Chittenden Locks on a clear day is always nice:

And the view from the Elliott Bay Trail is THE BEST, even when Mount Rainier is hiding:

While we missed out on the special bonding experience that is getting caught in a rainstorm together that happens for so many Critical Lass rides (misery loves company!), it was a lovely ride on a lovely day and we look forward to more clear skies and exploring of Seattle by bike.