Monroe, Snohomish, and back to Mukilteo

Shadow Lake

Shadow Lake

With the temperatures expected to be in the high 70s yesterday,  I headed out on another bicycle trek.  I was rolling east from my home of Mukilteo by 10:30.  It was already warm enough that wore shorts and a lightweight bike shirt.  The first part of the ride was spent grinding through the busy city streets.  It wasn’t long and I was in the woods and farmland countryside.   The rolling hills ensured that I not only enjoyed the ride but also got a good workout in.

Shadow Lake

Shadow Lake

While I was on Connely Road,  I detoured at Bob Herman’s Wildlife Park at Thomas Eddy.  I rode down the steep gravel path which led to the trails of Shadow Lake and the Snohomish River bank.  I took a dirt trail through a grove of Maple and Alder trees to the lakeside bank.  A gentle breeze moved the leaves into a chorus accompanied by a few ducks on the lake.  I could have been the only human being in the world as the only sound I heard was the music of nature around me.

Geese

The elusive geese

I rode up and out of the park and pushed on towards Monroe.  I stopped briefly on Elliot Road to play hide and seek with a pair of geese.  They were in a roadside pond and appeared to be camera-shy.  I used some old SWAT sniper skills to sneak a camera shot of them.  My antics attracted the attention of another cyclist who stopped to chat with me.  After we shared a couple of cycling adventure stories we headed out in opposite directions.

I moved on down the road enjoying the sights along the way.  The temperature was over 80 degrees by now.  It was only when I stopped that I really noticed the heat.  Traffic was very light which made the ride even more enjoyable.  I stopped to take a photo of one of the many old barns that decorate the countryside.

Old Barn

Snohomish County Old Barn

I took the High Bridge Road over the Snohomish River and was soon in Monroe.  Early pioneers began to settle in this area in 1860.  They found it very suitable for farming and logging.  I stayed to the south side of town and took the Old Snohomish-Monroe Road.

Cascade Mountains

Cascade Mountains

I had an incredible view of the snow-capped Cascade Mountains as I rode through this area.  I worked my way through the valley to the city of Snohomish.

Snohomish City Hall

Snohomish City Hall

After a stop to photograph the old City Hall building I continued my journey.  I crossed back over the Snohomish River and took the Lowell River Road towards home.  I looked over to the river and saw a harbor seal doing a backstroke on the water’s surface.  For those of you not so familiar with this area, it is many miles inland from the salt water of Possession Sound.  Apparently this fella was hoping to get first dibs on the salmon in the river.

I stopped by my office in Everett before taking on the last 10 miles of the day.  I put another 55 miles on the bike this day and am a little closer to getting into Pike’s Peak climbing shape.

Snohomish Countryside

Snohomish Countryside

Thanks for coming along.

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About Bruce Bosman

Join me as I ride my mountain bike up and over the incredible mountains of Washington State. Although this blog may appear to be a testament to my accomplishments, this was not my intent. Compared to the challenges that many face every day mine are insignificant. My hope is that you will appreciate these photos and stories as you join me on my Mountain Quest. I recognize and pray for all of you that face adversity and struggle to overcome mountains in your everyday life. We all have bad experiences, excess baggage, and debris that pile up to create obstacles in our life. Much of my mountain is made up of the accumulative stress and incidents that 29 years of a law enforcement profession and life brings. If allowed to go unchecked these mountains can become impassable and will block out the sun. I challenge myself and you to face our mountains and conquer them. Even if it is one step or one pedal stroke at a time, work to overcome the obstacles that life puts before you. Push through the pain and embrace the challenges. Work to make your life and the lives of others better. Look for the beauty that this world and life has to offer you. . Carpe Diem (Seize the Day)
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3 Responses to Monroe, Snohomish, and back to Mukilteo

  1. Snoho Blog says:

    Great post. We shared your ride with the 150 women who are beginning and ending their long miles here in Snohomish. Truly inspiring!

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