Mukilteo to Centennial Trail
Last Saturday was a cool but sunny spring day. It was a great excuse to break the bike out and get some touring in. There was still snow on the ground in many shaded spots around town but the temperatures were predicted to be close to 50 degrees by the day’s end.
I took Mukilteo Boulevard through Everett then traveled the Lowell Snohomish River Road S/E through the farming countryside. It wasn’t long before I crossed the Snohomish river and entered the City of Snohomish.
I stopped to take a photo of this huge mural that was near completion.
This town has a very cool vibe to it with the old buildings and many small shops to browse.
Many people were out enjoying the day as they shopped, walked, and sat in the sun throughout town.
I rode north through town where I picked up the Centennial Trail. This paved path is on the old railroad track bed. It is over 30 miles long and will take you north to the Skagit County border. This was the first time I have been on the trail and I was impressed by how nice and clean it was. Before long I was out of the city and surrounded by trees, birds, and the great outdoors. Many others were also enjoying the trail. I was entertained by the many dogs walking their owners, kids learning to ride their bikes, and couples strolling along. It created a very welcoming atmosphere. It was evident that there would not be a lot of hills to work out on other than those close to my apartment in Mukilteo. With this type of terrain I hoped to be able to kick my mileage up a bit.
I looked to my left at a tree ahead that appeared to be full of birds. As I got closer I realized they were not birds but shoes. I took this photo as I know that shoe tree are very rare.
I pedaled northward and stopped to enjoy the view at Lake Cassidy which is to the east side of Marysville.
It was so tempting to lay back in the sun on the dock and just take in the outdoor experience. There were many ducks and geese near the dock. I took a few minutes to enjoy watching them do their water ballet and feeding routines. A couple of kids were at the dock end with fishing poles in hand. They were trying their best to land the big one. I headed back up the trail as my goal was to make it to the north trail end before turning back towards home.
As I neared Arlington, I recognized a familiar face. I was so pleased to see Lisa, a friend of mine, walking her dog. We stopped for a short visit before continuing on in opposite directions.
I reached the north end of the trail and thought to myself that maybe I had taken on too big of a challenge. As enjoyable as this day was, I was worn out and had many miles of pedaling before making it home. I picked up the pace and soon was in North Marysville. I took Smokey Point Boulevard to State Street. After a short section of Highway 529 I was in the all too familiar turf of Everett. The last stretch uphill from the Mukilteo Ferry area was a grind but I made it home.
This great day was finished off by a hot shower and a glass of homemade Bosman Gardens Barbera wine.
See you on the next ride.