Maiden Voyage of Our E Bikes on the Cedar River Trail

It’s been a cold and rainy fall but we managed to find a good day to take our new E Bikes out for their maiden voyage.

We started at Cedar River Park and followed the Cedar River Trail south through the woods where the trees were a riot of color.

We paused to watch the salmon continue their journey up the river –

and continued our way across an old railroad trestle bridge.

We followed the trail to the other side – where it continued near the Maple Valley Highway along the river.

(We flew down the path and my bike wanted to go faster than the posted 10 mph speed limit – I couldn’t help wondering who would know.)

About halfway down the 17 mile trail we discovered Cavanaugh Pond Natural Area and took the path to a hidden, peaceful section of the river.

The area was new to us.  According to King County’s website, “Cavanaugh Pond is the only Class 1 wetland in the Cedar River Valley, meaning that it is of the highest quality of wetland ecosystems. There are stands of alder and cottonwoods on site, and current restoration projects are working to control invasive vegetation and establish native forest. Cavanaugh Pond supports spawning sockeye salmon in the fall and provides year-round habitat for other fish and wildlife species.”

Bob was happy to find a new spot to fly fish;  ‘catch and release’ only during the summer in case you wondered.

I was happy to find a place to sit and watch the river go by. We’d be back.

But back to the E bikes.  They worked great!  They were easy to operate and made riding fun and effortless. Yes, you peddle but your peddling gets regular boosts.  Hill coming up?  Need a little more power?  No problem,  just flip the switch for even more help!

So the verdict is in and it is YES – we highly recommended electric bikes!

~ Susanne

26 Comments on “Maiden Voyage of Our E Bikes on the Cedar River Trail

  1. The Seattle area has SO MANY great bicycle paths…a great way to enjoy nature and void cars at the same time!

    • It was my husband’s idea. I’d barely heard of them before but now I’m completely sold on them! It sure makes biking fun!

      • It might make the difference between keeping up with my husband and being left in the dust!

  2. it looks beautiful there. I have an e-bike but sadly nowhere as beautiful as that to ride it.

    • Thank you. 🙂 We’re fortunate to have such beautiful scenery here in the Pacific Northwest with lots of trails nearby. Though we do pay for it with a lot of rain! 😉

  3. Great to see all the colours on the trees, Susanne.
    What about the batteries on those bikes. Did they last the whole trip?
    Best wishes, Pete.

    • Yes, no problem at all! I’m not sure how often we’ll need to charge them. I assume there’ll be some indicator light that will show us when charging is needed. Or maybe we should charge periodically? I’ll need to talk to my bike expert about it – Bob of course! 🙂

      • Get the instruction book out! 🙂 🙂
        I wouldn’t mind one of those, but I don’t want to ride in the rain, and it has been raining for around 36 days now! 😦

      • Well now that’s a thought!! 🙂 🙂 I’m pretty sure our bicycling will be limited the rest of the year as the temperatures drop and our rainy period starts. But we’ll be ready for next year! 🙂

  4. I love reading your adventures and seeing the pictures you do such a great job Susanne

  5. Yay! The E Bikes! I had never heard of them until I read your post with the sunflowers. Sounds like a fun idea, but, like “Bookish thoughts”, I wouldn’t have such pretty places to ride either. Unless I were to take the bike up to Yosemite, and ride it once I got there!🤔

    • I hadn’t heard about them either. It was Bob’s idea and it turned out to be a great one! But I agree it does help to have bike trails nearby with awesome scenery! 🙂 Yosemite would be wonderful if you went during the off season. Only then there’s the hassle of hauling the bikes along. I wonder if you could rent them there?

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