The group I ride with are all “roadies” of varying skill levels – there are seven of them including my wife. I’m the “odd” one with the trike. Going over the logistics for the trip we decided my van would be used as the support vehicle for the STP this year.
Even though the van can seat six comfortable, carry four bicycles using our hitch rack and carry the trike of the roof, we still needed room for three more riders with their bikes.
Five of the riders made arrangements to get to Seattle either by bus or train and meet us as the hotel. That gave us the room needed to pack the additional bicycles inside the van by roving the rear bench seat.
We packed the van and loaded the bikes and put the trike on the roof with the SeaSucker Trike Rack.
With all of our preparations for the 200 plus mile ride from Seattle to Portland now behind us, we begin the four-hour journey to Seattle.
We arrived on schedule despite the traffic and the detour to REI to pick up the timing chip I rented for my ride.
The hotel we stayed at was about two miles from the start line. My plan was to ride to the start line in the morning to activate the timing chip. The group planned on starting the ride from the hotel.
After unloading the van and taking our gear to our respective rooms, we walk around the area looking for something to eat. The group decides to have dinner at a quaint little Italian restaurant.
I left the group early so I could put the seat on my trike, fill my camelbak, and ensure everything was ready for the early morning start.
I’ll be the first to admin that I’m directionally challenged, even with a GPS. Getting to the start line from the hotel should have been a quick ten minute warm up, thirty minutes later I finally find the start line.
I began the Seattle to Portland in the “third wave” of one day riders and my elapsed time was 13 hours 19 minutes.