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Spokane Washington July 2014

Trike ride on Centennial trail

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Riding the Centennial trail Argonne Street east

We found the Centennial trail state park on, It's the rails to trails website, and it's a great resource for people who are looking for a good bike trail. Many of these trails are asphault, which often means if the trail is being maintained that the trail is smooth, and a joy to ride, which is important to the vast majority of people who do not have a bike ot trike with suspension. The Centennial trail is no exception. it's very smooth for about 98% of the 26miles east from the downtown park. The trail goes for about 37 miles from the state line back to points in western Spokane, through downtown, and it sort of extends into Idaho for a while. There are a few bumps where there's been ground heave or roots from a tree creates a nasty bump in the trail, but fortunately these are few and far between. But you know it when you go over it. that having been said, This trail is a very nice resource for the people in Spokane, and those visiting the town (with their bikes). Hopefully The city of Spokane will not allow the bike trails to disintegrate like Colorado springs has done with some of their trails.

We were riding in July on the trail. Although it was quite hot, this year was the 4th hottest since they were recording temperature data. (global warming?) Anyway, we were told by the landlord that one didn't need air conditioning in Spokane. We found out later that really isn't true, as most people have air conditioning in Spokane. Bottom line, if you're bicycling in the summer on this trail, it's best if you get out before 9AM, and get back in before 11AM, when it heats up. Fortunately there is a significant amount of shade on the trail, which helps a lot.

One of the really nice things about this trail is the absolutely intoxicating smell of the ponderosa pines that line the trail. It's adicting, and makes you want to come back again and again.

I believe that it is a really nice temperature locally to bike on this trail during the months of April, May, June, September and October. Early July and Late August may or may not be suitable depending on the year and luck.

I didn't notice any problems with bugs or other nuissances when we rode on the trail. Bottom line is this is a really nice trail for most of the warm months. The people of Spokane have something to be proud of with this bike trail!

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