51 degrees and sunny
Winter won’t quite let go. The overnight low temperatures have been below freezing. There’s still talk of snow. But today was sunny and amazingly warm. Time for a ride!
Samish Way used to be Highway 99, the north-south main drag in Western Washington. North of the foothill villa, the road is lined with motels and restaurants. I’ve been meaning to check out what lies to the south.
Lake Padden is surrounded by a city park and is next to a golf course. Here’s a better view of the lake.
Whatcom County has an interesting little quirk when it comes to street names.
There is no error here—the name is indeed “Yew Street ROAD.” Within Bellingham’s city limits it’s just Yew Street, but once in the county (indicated by the yellow street signs) “Road” is appended. I have no idea why this is.
My mission today is to have a better look at roads I’ve ridden on group rides, which are usually too fast to pay attention to the scenery. I’m heading through the Chuckanut Mountains to Lake Samish.
There are several roads with the word “Samish” in their name. I got on one that ran along the northern shore to a small county park, next to a small bridge.
You’re looking west from the bridge, above.
And above is the view to the east. Wow. I live here.
I continued further south to Nulle Road, which goes east before it turns into something else. From there, I went north on Old Samish Road, which runs between the lake and I-5 before curving through the woods to this Shell station. It’s a familiar fuel stop on group rides in this neck of the woods. Premium was $3.699/gallon (which is a bit cheaper than in town), but the gas gauge showed over half full. I’ve found putting gas into the GTS nearly impossible until the fuel level drops below half-full, so our visit was limited to a photo op.