Riding local, riding abroad. Doesn't matter. "One less car" bike commuting and "Bikes Belong" advocacy, plus "I ride solo" bicycle travel. Racing is fun, but there are so many equally great reasons to ride.
Everyone who ride BI knows this landmark. It's had a new coat of paint. Not long after I took this photo it started to rain ice chips. If you aren't a keen cyclist before signing on for Chilly Hilly, this ride would definitely cure you of any illusions about biking as a fun outing in the sunshine.
It's living up to its billing today. Here's the 7:55a from Seattle to Bainbridge Island. All bikes all the time on this one. Any cars would be crazy to try to board this one. At least it's not snowing, but I'm definitely a little cold in my volunteer post at the cashier table. Lots of good biker energy though with people champing at the bit to get riding.