Wednesday, July 30, 2008

Scooterin' in Real Time

Once I got the Elite back from the mechanic, it was time to venture out in the world. Where I live in North Bend, WA (about 35 miles east of Seattle) we are in the foothills of the Cascades, so while there are some steep hills to get to my place, the Elite handles them (and its rather large rider) with nary a complaint. The town of North Bend provides some nice areas to ride, with traffic speeds anywhere from 25 to 40 mph. There is a very nice espresso stand in town, Huxdotter's Coffee, and my morning rides usually end up there. The baristas are nice, and the coffee is excellent.

Just east of North Bend is the town of Snoqualmie - another pretty, quaint town, that has a pretty active tourist railroad.

I have lived in the area for many years, but the perspective from a scooter is so different it makes these places new again.