Thursday, August 11
Meet 9 a.m. at the north end trailhead, Nakashima Farm on highway 9. We’ll ride south about 12 miles or so, past Arlington, making this about a 25 mile round trip, more if you want. BYOL unless you know a good lunch spot close to the trail.
Thursday August 11. 13 members met at the trailhead 4 miles south of Arlington and pedaled south to the end of the trail. The weather couldn’t have been better, beautiful and not too hot. Smooth asphalt all the way, deep shade most of the time, all rural landscapes.
On our way back, we detoured at Lake Stevens for lunch. Re-energized and rested, we breezed north to our cars and home. 37-39 miles round trip, depending on who’s odometer you look at.
If you haven’t been on this lower 2/3 of Centennial, the trail has expanded further south from the old trail end many of us remember. Now about 4/10 longer, it gets you safely to the big streets of Snohomish offering a wide range of meal choices. Paved trail continues further south through Snohomish and into the countryside again – our trail kiosk posted miles to Woodinville – and if that route is also paved rail trail, then new doors open to a vast network of rail trail opportunities. Hum, maybe MBC should take a Thursday down that-a-way. To be determined. tj…@frontier.com