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LUMPS Pie Ride with Half Lake Loop (Moderate)
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Join us for a North-half Lake Washington clockwise loop from Matthews Beach Park, that gradually climbs up into Shoreline and descends Perkins Way for a warmup, then stops at North Shore Senior Center for pie. After pie, we continue around through Juanita and Kirkland, with (optional coffee stop at Queen Bee Cafe if weather is very frigid and) a final climb north from the University and thrilling descent just before the finish.
Pace: This is a Moderate pace ride, 14-16 mph on the flats in the absence of wind. We will climb and descend the major hills at our own pace and will regroup at the top as needed. We'll also limit our speed on any multi-use paths to the legal maximum (usually 15 MPH).
Route Notes: In case of wet roads, we may use the Burke Gilman trail to bypass the final climb/descent.
Start Time & Location: We'll meet at Matthews Beach Park, where restrooms and water are available. Please be there, ready to ride, at the time noted above. We will start with the required safety briefing, and roll out when that's done.
Navigation: The planned route/cue sheet is at the link below. The goal is to stay together via regrouping as necessary, but we won’t be able to wait long for anyone substantially off the pace. Please bring navigation aids in case you need to finish on your own, as the ride becomes self-led for those ahead of or behind the group.
Restrooms: At start and at mile 10 Log Boom Park, mile 20 Marina Park in Kirkland, and at end, Matthews Beach.
Food: Pie at North Shore Senior Center, mile 13.8, optional Coffee/rest stop at Queen Bee Cafe, mile 23.8.
Cancellation: If weather conditions meet the weather cancellation criterion listed above or if there are unforeseen hazardous riding conditions or other unexpected events, the Ride Leader will post a ride-canceled note in the Comments section below at least two hours prior to the start and Ride Leader(s) will not be at the start location.
Fenders: Please be considerate of other riders' comfort and safety by using full fenders with long, stable mud flaps (ideally 2" and a maximum of 4" from the ground) if rain is possible or the roads are wet. You may still ride without such long fenders and flaps, but if it's wet you will need to ride at the back of the group (behind all bikes with better fenders).
Repairs: Be prepared with the equipment and know-how to take care of your own flats and mechanicals, and a plan for getting back to the start if your bike won't take you there (ORCA card or someone to call). If you have a problem the group may stop briefly to make sure you will be OK on your own, but we will not wait for repairs to be completed.
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