Tuesday, February 4, 2014
100 Mile Walk: The First Leg
[This post is part of a series detailing Cale and my plans for each leg of our 100 mile walk to Great Wolf. Our goal is to establish a safe route that follows sidewalks and trails as much as possible, and provides good places to stop, refuel, and refresh along the way. We actively solicit your suggestions if you know the area we will be walking through.]
The first leg of our 100 mile journey will probably the easiest - and is unquestionably the easiest to plan. The expected route is short and covers terrain we already know well. On the Friday we leave, I will come home from work a little early and hit the road with Cale by 4pm. We have been walking a lot recently, but I wonder if it will feel different to walk away from the house knowing we're not coming back? Perhaps we'll throw a bit of a bon voyage party to celebrate our departure with confetti and poppers.
We plan to start off by walking a comfortable 3 miles (1 hour) to I Love Sushi, following a route we have walked many times to arrive for dinner just as the restaurant opens. Given the rest of the week is likely to involve a lot of fast food and convenience store take-out, we look forward to starting off with an indulgent meal. I have promised Cale edamame, ikura, and mochi ice cream, and plan to treat myself to some special bites, too.
After dinner we will walk 1.5 miles (30 minutes) to the Bellevue Club to spend our first night on the road. In Seattle the sun sets late during the summer, so our after-dinner walk will occur in broad daylight regardless of how slowly we eat. Our route will take us down 116th Ave NE, across 405 via Main Street, and down 112th Ave SE to the hotel. The streets are big and busy, but also familiar with sidewalks.
All in all, our first Friday should get us started on the right foot!