I recently picked up a used bicycle off Craigslist. It's a beautiful steel Schwinn from the 1980s.

I take it out on joyrides pretty often, and it's an indispensable part of my daily commute now. Prior to this I've never cycled regularly.

my bicycle

Riding along Burke Gilman

My favorite ride to take on a weekend afternoon is the Burke Gilman from Fremont to its end in Bothell.

192 Brewing lies along the trail, near Kenmore. It's a nice place to have a drink and relax for a while before heading home.

Sunday afternoons feature live blues.

Live blues at the Lake Trail Taproom (192 Brewing)

Riding along the Ship Canal Trail

For a nice, quick ride after work, I head in the opposite direction, along the Ship Canal Trail towards Discovery Park. A fantastic viewpoint exists there, by the Daybreak Star Indian Cultural Center.

The area is almost always unoccupied. It's particularly nice for clearing one's head.

The first time I stopped by, I was reminded of a line from my favorite children's book series. "The world is quiet here."

The world is quiet here.