Julie and I rode 35 miles on the Centennial Trail in Snohomish County this afternoon—damn was it awesome to be back on the bikes again. Tevian spent the night with his great aunt and uncle and so we had an evening to go out and even time for this ride the next day.
We’ve ridden the Burke-Gilman into Seattle on a sunny weekend and found it frustratingly congested. Going the opposite direction, along the Sammamish River Trail, is definitely better, but still gets quite a bit of traffic. The Centennail Trail was still *busy*, there was always someone in sight, but it wasn’t nearly as crazy. It amazes me how difficult it is to get bike/pedestrian infrastructure like this created (compared to car infrastructure) and yet how well utilized it is.
We started at the southern end of the trail in the town of Snohomish and ended a few miles short of Arlington at the start of a section known as “the gap.” The gap is actually in the process of being finished and, in fact, in its current state the gravel is rideable, but they were actively doing construction today, so we decided not to interfere and turned around. Apparently it’ll be open in just two weeks!