Weekend rides

If you're not riding to Portland this weekend with the 10,000 other people, here are a few recreational rides -- from super strenuous training rides to leisurely jaunts about town -- that might be of interest.

Are you new to Cascade Daily Rides? Be sure to read through the Newcomers information so you know what to expect on your first ride.

SATURDAY, JULY 9

Rock Paper Cycles

45 miles, steady pace
Departs at 9 a.m. from the Myrtle Edwards Park parking area (16th Ave W)
Steady rain cancels
Leader: Jeff Stewart, 206-356-6755

Tour of Rock 'n Roll Landmarks including Hendrix childhood address and grave, Edgewater Hotel, and Cobain home by way of Lake Washington South loop. Coffee Stop in Renton near Jimi's Grave. The "Paper" part of ride title is not Zigzags but a brief 5-10 minute stop/display of the Cascade banner while we do leader-arranged community park litter pick up or senior citizen's personal residence recycle stop to move recycle to front yard for pickup. Tote bags will be furnished for short haul to recycle/garbage drop, if needed. Optional lunch stop at Hard Rock Cafe afterwards.

Ballard Days Seafood Fest

20 miles, leisurely pace with some hills
Meet at the gravel parking lot at N 110th Street and Fremont Ave N. start of the paved section of the Interurban Trail. Departs at 10 a.m. Steady rain cancels.
Leader: Vicki Isham, 206-363-9579 

This ride is a mix of trails, bicycle lanes and streets. We'll take the Interuban Trail, streets and Burke-Gilman Trail to Shilshole Bay. Breath the salt air and then pedal to the center of Ballard and the Festival. Lots of craft and food booths. Bring a sandwich or better yet money for a salmon lunch before we head up 8th NW to the parking lot. We wait at the top of hills for all riders. Maybe you can even talk up that Missing Link project while you're there.

Spokespeople West Seattle edible garden tour

~20 miles at a leisurely pace with some hills
Ride departs at 10 a.m. from the South Seattle Community College Horticulture Center, 6000 16th Ave SW
Leaders: Stu Hennessey, 206-938-3322 and John Reardon, 206-762-2411

Join Spokespeople West Seattle on the West Seattle Edible Garden Tour. This leisurely ride will take us into some or all of the gardens offered on this year's tour to share information and the shear beauty of backyard (and front yard) edible gardens of West Seattle. The ride length will be approximately 20 miles to be determined when the tour route information becomes available. The ride will feature short bike trips with frequent stops at the variety of gardens and should last all day or until the tour closes at 4 p.m.

Ramrod Training Series: Ride #14

This will be a super strenuous ride at a brisk pace over 100-110 miles of extremely hilly terrain
Meet at 7:30 a.m. at Challenger Elementary, Issaquah. Steady rain cancels
Ride leader: Per Sunde, 425-392-1347

This series was created to assist riders in their preparation for RAMROD and other big events. These self-paced rides will be held every Saturday starting on 3/26/11 to 7/23/11 (except for May 28 & July 4 weekends). The routes will increase in distance and elevation every two weeks. Starting locations will rotate every week or every two weeks with a new route used each week. All riders are welcome, but note, this ride does not regroup nor does it have a sweep. The routes are designed for the experienced rider who is comfortable following cue sheets and riding independently. We stress safe and cooperative riding. Weather–Rain Cancels: The decision to ride or cancel will be made from the starting location. Ride leaders will always be at the start of the ride. If the ride is officially canceled, cue sheets will still be available for those hardy souls that wish to train in any condition. Also, routes may be altered or shortened due to weather conditions. Ride leaders for this series are: Per and Shana Sunde, Grant McAlister, Francis Gan, and Ken Kato. Today's route has 5,200-6,000 feet of climbing. From I-90 take Highlands Dr Exit # 18 (follow signs towards Sammamish) for 3.5 miles, turn right on SE Klahanie Blvd for 1.2 miles, school is on the left.

SUNDAY, JULY 10

Unfold your bike and tuck away a donut

15 mi at a leisurely over hilly terrain
Departs at 9:30 a.m. from the east end of the Gas Works Park parking lot
Leader: Scott Kralik, 206-523-6042

Bromptonauts, Dahonians, Birdyites, and folderators of any and all other stripes, join us for a leisurely, not-too-hilly jaunt to bakery heaven, the intersection of Top Pot Donuts and Grateful Bread. After a morning of wandering the back streets, we'll return to Gas Works Park in time for lunch at Essential Baking Company for anyone who's of a mind for still more baked delights. Rain means we skip the ride and go straight to Essential.

West Seattle/Farmers Market/White Center

15-20 miles at a leisurely pace over hilly terrain. No map, group will stay together
Departs at 10 a.m. Jack Block Park, Harbor Ave SW, West Seattle
Steady rain cancels
Leader: John Reardon, 206-762-2411

See the best of West Seattle on a quiet traffic day. This Sunday ride includes climbing the north end of California Ave SW, the Farmers Market, Longfellow Creek, White Center (maybe stop at Full Tilt Ice Cream). There are several hills on this stay-together, leisurely ride.

Georgetown Garden Walk

25 miles of leisurely biking over rolling hills, plus some walking
Departs at 10 a.m. from Gas Works Park
Rain showers cancel the ride
Leader: Norm Tjaden, 206-525-2366

We'll be going from Gas Works through downtown and Airport Way to Georgetown, which means this is an urban ride with traffic. Pick up a map for a free self guided tour of some 30 gardens. One of the gardens on the tour was featured in the Seattle Times Pacific Northwest magazine on July 3. Bring a lock and walking shoes.