Things I see on my bike

Things I see on my bike

My cell phone camera’s not great (early generation iphone), but I can’t resist taking photos of interesting things I see while riding my bike around town. When crossing the Ballard Locks on my way home today, I saw a huge tug boat with a really big crane on top of it. Once I reached the side, I got as close as I could to the safety barrier to try to figure out what was going on. If you look closely, you can see that the crane is lifting what looks like a wall. This is actually one of the doors of the large locks. I had  no idea that it was possible to remove these gates. Apparently, it’s part of the annual maintenance plan. I wish I could have gone closer for a better look, but wasn’t about to climb the safety barrier.
I’ve seen this cargo bike in the bike locker room at work. I’ve never seen it move, regardless of what time I’m there, and I was beginning to worry that it might be abandoned. Well, earlier this week, I met it’s owner. I saw a fellow hooking up a kid trailer behind his bike and, hoping to find a kindred spirit, started chatting him up. It turns out that he is also the owner of the SUVelo. He bought it used and is gradually rebuilding it, but doesn’t have room in his garage. Yay for family riding!
Speaking of family riding, when I passed by JRA Bike Shop last week, I saw not one, but three, different brands of longtail bikes. A Yuba, a Sun, and, er, something else that I forgot to write down. Sorry. You’ll have to go there in person to find out what it is. It’s worth the trip though – we’ve bought bikes and had work done there and have always been treated well.

This is not bike related, but made me laugh. You know that a local sculture has reached icon status when there is a Chia pet version of it. I wonder if they sell any of these outside of Seattle?
Those are all the photos that I have, but I want to share two other things that I’ve experienced. First, a Papa John’s delivery car smells like pizza, even from the outside. Second, the local doughnut shop bakes at about 10 pm and you can smell the doughnuts for blocks. I wouldn’t have learned either from inside my car. 
Happy riding!
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