Bike Because #14 – Centennial Trail North (with Sink Hole) – 27.4 miles round trip
That’s right, a sink hole has opened up on Centennial Wed the 17 so 1 mile of the trail is closed for repairs through the summer, the damage is right about in the middle. Today, Jenn and I rode from Nakashima Farm’s Red Barn down the trail intending to do over half of the overall length.
We were thwarted with a full fence across the trail and no getting around it. When home, I mapped the details and have posted an alternative route around using nearby roads. This road detour is only 1.1 miles and parallels the trail so it barely adds anything to the overall length of Centennial and it’s basically flat. Be advised, your southbound 67th Ave NE is a country road and has no shoulder, it does carry some but not heavy traffic. Our fence was at Wade Rd. You can jog onto 67th Ave NE, turn left and head down to Hilltop Rd to turn left and get back onto Centennial to continue southbound. Note – we did not bike this detour but opted instead to turn around for a cold coffee in Arlington.
The folks at Snohomish County Parks and Recreation have a sense of humor, so check out Jenn’s photo of their warning sign, they have bicyclists falling into the sink hole. Are they trying to say something about bicyclists not obeying safety considerations?
As always, a ride along Centennial is a joy. The lush and peaceful countryside, stopping to enjoy the Sillaguamish River, folks sharing smiles and greetings as we passed each other. We got a late start and could feel the heat on our backs as we returned to the car.
Jen’s 2 photos are posted on Flick’r, and my map is on our Member’s Only Calendar page, all password required. Janet firstname.lastname@example.org
BB #10 – Berthusen Half & Half. 22 or 28 miles.
Half hilly and half flat. Great to ride in either direction.
A perfect day to be biking and we opted to hit the hills first in the cool morning air. Berthusen Park is a great place to start from, deep tree shade, picnic tables and bathrooms. We rode counter-clockwise up onto the glacial ridge and turned west towards Blaine. Fabulous views, wonderful farms and homes along the rolling hills.
We intended to ride the longer 28 mile loop using Valley View Rd and take a break at that shopping area on the Birch Bay Lynden Rd exit off I-5 with Woods Coffee plus The Market grocery has a very good deli service. If you do the 28 miles, I’d recommend clockwise to enjoy the downhill on Valley View Rd to The Market.
I wanted to visit the charming but little known Whatcom County Park: The Jensen Family Forest Park. This is not the Jansen family famous for Lynden’s Art Center and LTI – Lynden Transport trucking service. From Haynie Rd you can ride down Stein Rd directly to the park. This a beautiful stand of older trees with a fine hard pack trail winding among them. There are two wood benches along the loop and a picnic table before you finish. This shortened our ride to just over 22 miles and was worth it. We are grateful this family preserved these woods for so long and were generous enough to make them a county park for all of us to enjoy.
It’s fun to have rides around both 20 and 30 miles. Most Bike Because rides can be done in either direction.
BB #9 Jim’s Therapy Hills 17 miles. Jim liked to ride this loop during his lunch hour, he must have been a blur to any bystanders. It’s a great ride, yes it is hilly but not wicked, and you’re rewarded with wonderful downhills and interesting variety of views all along the way. You probably haven’t been on some of these roads.
Best ridden counter-clockwise, it begins flat until you leave Anacortes. Note that, after you pass under Mt Erie, you ride hwy 20’s great shoulder briefly until the first right turn onto Lunz Rd. When Lunz brings you back to 20, you can stop for excellent fish eats at The Shrimp Shack. Co-Vid means you must carry away your food. We continued on our route maybe a quarter mile and just beyond our left turn was a broad shoulder pull with an excellent water view above a beach, perfect for lunch. A few hundred feet back tracked and we took a right back onto our route.
My map shows you 3 similar ways back to your car in the METRO parking lot by Moka Joes. You can add 6 more miles with a beautiful, flat ride around March Point.
As always, Map # 9 is on the Members Page Calendar and all Bike Because photos are in one album on our Flickr page. Password required.
BB #8 – Everson to Berthusen Park Loop 26 miles.
It was a splendid spring day for a ride and we were not disappointed. We took off from Everson’s Riverside Park riding clockwise towards Lynden. Farmers were taking their first cutting of grass so the air was sweet. All of the mountains framing north county were out and shining white.
We crossed town through neighborhoods working our way over to Main Street, then onto Berthusen Park. I never tire of this long standing beautiful grove of old trees. There are an easy 2 miles of long trail loops in the park but if you use all of the connectors you can walk 4 or 5 miles.
Then it was north towards the border before we headed back east, all on quiet, flat farm roads. The slight rise at Pangborn and Trapline has a very splendid vista in all directions and is worth a pause. It was downhill all the way back to Everson and our car.
Thanks Jennifer for your moody Mt Baker photo from your BB#8 ride.
Friday November 9 – Meg Bushnell TBD
When: Sat, December 9, 12pm – 3pm
Where: Bellingham Downtown Coop Community Room – 405 E. Holly Street, Suite 103
Join with fellow hikers and families to celebrate the Season with a pot luck luncheon. Coffee, tea, cider, plates, utensils and cups will be provided. Bring a dish to share.
Rich Bowers from Whatcom Land Trust will give a presentation following lunch.
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