The bike path!
Yes, I’d rather ride a rural road with little shoulder than a busy bike path. We have great bike paths in the Lewis Clark Valley but just try to ride on the Levee on the first warm sunday afternoon of Spring. I dare you.
The family fun rides of 6, 15, and 25 all use the Clarkson Greenbelt Trail. This is a beautiful experience but it is likely to be busy on Saturday morning, the 26th of September.
The most important thing to remember is that none of the routes are races–not even the century. But the family routes are the only ones that take place almost entirely upon a bike path with walkers, dogs, skaters, and yes, headphones.