There’s something to be said for scooting in packs, especially packs of girls on a sunny day.
On Saturday, May 31st, fifteen of us met for brunch at Hudson in Georgetown and then took a scenic ride to Issaquah. The MetroBetties had been promising to host a women-only ride for quite awhile, and without a lot of notice, pulled together a super fun ride on what turned out to be a gorgeous day.
The route was pretty simple, leaving Georgetown we headed South via the Boeing access road, then over I-5 and up to Skyway and then through downtown Renton. In no time flat we were at the top of Cemetery Hill in the Renton Highlands where we stopped for a quick break to pay our respects at the Jimi Hendrix memorial. We then pressed onward towards South Issaquah via the sun-dappled May Valley Road where we finally stopped in at Suz’s parent’s ranch to rest on the lawn and enjoy fresh baked chocolate chip brownies and ice cream.
After a bit we headed back towards Renton via the Cedar Grove Road and stopped at a biker-friendly bar called the Red Dog Saloon on the Renton/Maple Valley Road. There we were greeted with lots of smiles and questions from the locals and had the pleasure of meeting a fun group of gals from Montana who were in town for the weekend.
Following our late lunch, we headed back to Seattle along the water via Rainer Avenue, taking a detour at Lake Washington Boulevard so we could scoot around Seward Park. Finally we arrived in downtown Seattle, where we said our goodbyes and scooted off in various directions. It was a lovely day with a lovely group of girls and ranks right up there as one of my favorite rides of all time.
The Betties will be hosting several more girls-only rides this summer including a tour around Lake Washington and the infamous “Cheese Grater 4000” ride to test our skills and bravery on the four grated bridges of Seattle. Check out the MetroBettie’s Facebook page for future invites.
All photos courtesy of Suz James