GEG-RBX

Report:

Rollout: 9:58 a.m.; 37 degrees, constant rain.

One of those rides to look forward to, mainly in anticipation of watching the grit and grime run into the drain while enjoying a Tecate in the shower afterwards.

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Spent almost an hour crushing climbs, smashing gravel, pounding brick and sometimes walking bikes in appropriately April weather. In terms of enjoyability, the ride mirrored a toddler playing in puddles: everyone is having a lot of fun until the cold water soaks through. 

2018 GEG - RBX PODIUM:

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Preview:

Inspiration: Paris-Roubaix and Spokane's cobbled history.

Plan: European adult beverages; riding Spokane's oldest streets.

Details: 7 April; 11 a.m.; meet in front of the old library (10 S. Cedar St.). Coffee available near by at Rocket. In lieu of cold showers, beverages provided at the finish.

GEG-RBX will begin near downtown, head through Browne's Addition before gravel crunching through High Bridge Park to Cannon's Addition. The ride will then snake through the neighborhoods, hitting 17 sections of more than 5k (~16,586 ft) of early-1900s brick and cobbled roads.

Route map is up now.

Spotlight on Madison from Fifth to Sixth: the low-key hardest hill in Spokane. Fifteen percent for two blocks (very short - only 163m total!) and 20.6% for the last third. Make it to the top (anyway you need to!) for a cool, refreshing affirmation of your grit.

Route 14: Fort Wright > East Trent

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As predicted, Route 14 was flat and fast. While some of the enjoyment that comes with those characteristics is simply aesthetic or emotional, their presence makes the process of moving completely across town simple, navigable, and repeatable, all of which are important when discussing mass transit.

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Best non-downtown spot for a drink along the way: It's hard to beat pizza and a beer at Pacific Ave Pizza. Unless you're downing margaritas on El Que's patio.

Next Monday

: Route 10: North Madison > South Maple.

Route 12: East Sprague Loop

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The East Sprague Loop is the kind of route that fascinates me. Tiny, short stretches of condensed, multi-use, inner- to mid-city roads are the perfect areas to throw transit infrastructure. It empties the users from the longer routes that travel to the suburbs and surrounding areas, allowing those vehicles to stop less often closer to their origin, fewer buses/streetcars are needed to fulfill the demand, and (most importantly) the streetcars appear more frequently and predictably, meaning that memorizing a schedule (ideally) isn't necessary.

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Best non-downtown spot for a drink along the way

: Sprague has a number of hidden treasures, even with Budge Bros. and Jones' Radiator closing and The Iron Goat moving. Can't recommend The Checkerboard and Bennidito's enough, even if Sonnenberg's is on the top of my list.

Next

Sunday

Monday

: Trying to cram another thing into the weekend has been a little tough the last couple weeks. From now on, you can find new #1923streetcar posts every Monday! We checked out Route 14: Fort Wright > East Trent this weekend after riding Route 14. My description last week was spot on: "It’s a flat, straight shot on some of Spokane’s fastest roads." Fun, too!