Wednesday, August 11, 2010

Seattle and Bellingham

We rolled into Seattle on a rainy day in early August.  Claire's mothers good friend keeps a gorgeous apartment in the city over looking the bay.  She was kind enough to allow us a few days to use the apartment and explore downtown Seattle.  We shopped, ate and had a merry time.  It was great seeing old friends and just being in the city again.  If your ever in the Ballard district make sure to stop in to The Dray and grab a pint of their greenflash IPA.....fantastic!  We also took in a Seattle Sounders soccer match.  It was amazing seeing Americans getting so into soccer.  They play in the same stadium as the NFL team and believe me it was much louder than any Seahawks game I have every been too.

After a few days we decided to start thinking about Canada.  There is a huge bike festival in Whistler called Crankworx that we wanted to see.  We did want to make sure and ride in Bellingham, WA just a couple hours north of Seattle on the way though.  Our friends have all told us we must ride there so it was a no brainer.  We rolled into town and grabbed a trail map of the area.  We decided to explore the Galbraith area.  This was an amazing place and our first real experience of "North Shore" style mountain biking.  This means lots of wooden features and stunts really.  We were a little nervous at first but soon we were riding it like it was nothing.  It was also a great warm-up to our life in Canada.  Post ride we hit up the Boundary Bay Brewery.  They had some cheap appetizers during happy hour and a fantastic IPA that shouldn't be missed.

Next up is Crankworx and almost a month of solid riding throughout BC and even a little Alberta.  Even the weather was perfect for our stay in Canada. Stay tuned for lots more biking....this is a bike trip right?

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