Our Georgetown Bicycle Tour takes us into the heart of the community once called the "Cesspool of Seattle". Anything "went" once upon a time...here in Seattle's oldest neighborhood and it was certainly a place where you either didn't want to be seen, or couldn't wait to get to. Special trolley cars once brought visitors from the city of Seattle for gambling, drinking, fighting, cussin, and just plain trouble.
Today we visit Georgetown on our bikes. This 14 mile tour takes us through Chinatown, and into the heart of industrial Seattle, Where you'll see Starbucks HQ, Costco store #1, and miles of warehouses and train tracks. But wait, there's much,much more!! SODO now features the longest continuous mural corridor in the world. 2 miles long, 50 murals, created by 62 artists.IT IS Stunning to see.
After passing through the industrial outskirts of the neighborhood we arrive in Georgetown. A neighborhood revived and reborn with an active arts community, some of the best food and nightlife in the city, and century old buildings reflecting another time.
Our first stop is for beer tastes at Georgetown Brewing, then we stop for chocolate. Chocolate you say? Yes, Fran's chocolate has been creating delectable treats for 37 years in Seattle, and we help celebrate by bringing you to the chocolate factory. A little chocolate sample just might gives us energy for what we'll see next.
Our stop for chocolate at Fran's is a stop amongst the historic and massive brick edifice that was once the sixth largest brewery in the world dating back to 1893 as the Seattle Brewing and Malting company . The architectural designer in you will love the way that Fran's has maintained the old while incorporating the modern. Across the street sits the very surprising Georgetown Trailer Park Mall.
Being that we are very near Boeing airfield all sorts of aircraft will be flying right above our heads but we must cycle onward! Oxbow Park where the magnificent Hat and Boots await, and then to cross the Duwamish River and a long stretch along bike friendly paths taking in nature and commerce sharing the same spaces.
Part three of our Georgetown Bicycle Tour begins as we cross the Duwamish River and head toward Harbor Island with it's towering shipping cranes and thousands of containers being loaded, unloaded and stacked on ships, trucks and train cars. Riding north along the river, the skyline of Seattle looms larger. We cross the Duwamish one more time and have a long flat peddle into town when we suddenly find ourselves in the heart of Pioneer Square before heading up the center of town on the newly installed Second Avenue bike-track on the return to our shop.
GEORGETOWN - SODO CYCLING TOUR $89.00 Time: 3 .25hours. Distance: 14 miles mostly flat. Features: art views, beer sips, chocolate tastes, Skill level: moderate to advanced riders. Bonus: a stainless Steel water bottle that is yours to keep.
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