Traditions are traditions, even if they become more difficult to satisfy each year.
Take the SkiZer’s tradition of riding his age. It started in my 50th year when I decided I wanted to ride 50 miles to celebrate.
Every year since, I’ve done the “ride-your-age” thing. So far, it has been no problem, but each year it gets a little harder. Aging sucks — we all know that — but maybe it’s a good thing to keep pushing toward a goal, even one as preposterous as riding your age.
After turning 60 earlier this year, I finally got around to getting my 60-miler in this week on the roads around Seattle. It turned out to be a great ride.
Anyone wanting to do this ride can follow along on King County Regional Trails Map.
I started on Queen Anne Hill in Seattle and headed north through Freemont and Phinney Ridge along the established bike lane. After passing 85th street in Greenwood, I caught the Interurban Trail and rode into Shoreline. At 185 Street, I headed east to the Burke-Gillman Trail, then followed the Lake Washington Loop route south through Juanita, Kirkland, Bellevue and Renton.
In Renton, I skirted traffic — I never have figured out how to get through this town without battling cars — and cruised west to the Green River Trail in Tukwila. From there, I headed north to the Duwamish Trail, then back to Seattle. Amazingly, I hit 60 miles just past Seattle Center, only a half-mile from my home.
Check out these highlights from the ride: