Centennial Trail - Pilchuck TH to Nakashima Farm (May 23, 2015)

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centennial_trail_coverConditions: day cycling trip
Gear: nothing special
Map: n/a
Area: Snohomish > north of Arlington
Reference: n/a
Stats: 56.8mi, 992' gain

I've been itching, for a long time, to ride all the way to the northern end of the Centennial Trail for sometime. I've been riding the trail for a long time, even before the trail was extended up to Arlington and beyond. Now...with the new road bike...it seemed like time. I tried to do this trip about a week ago but got dumped on so the trip got cut short. Today the weather was about perfect...overcast skies and cool temps. For me, about perfect riding weather.

I got an early start (9:55am) and the traffic on the trail was light even for a holiday weekend. A couple of short breaks and before long I was at the Gethell Rd crossing. I hate this crossing and the nimrod who knew I had the right of crossing (he had a red light) but then decided to assert his manhood (or lack of it) but speeding up and running the red light when I had already started to cross the road...yeah...you're a jerk. I saw you...you saw me...you are still a jerk.

I got to Nakashima farm and stopped for a nice long break. I'd never been to this end of the trail so I wasn't sure what to expect. I thought there would be more of the farm left but there is just the 1908 barn left and it looks to be showing it's age. It would be nice for it to survive another 107 years. I talked with a couple of nice gents and then it was time to get back on the bike and ride home. The last few miles I was a bit tired but not nearly as tired as I thought I would be.

The ride was nice and long and it gave me time to really figure out and get comfortable with the shifting on the new bike. Now...I need to start taking the bike on the road...literally...
Centennial Trail Slideshow


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