Maliah and I were walking down Jacobsen Road in West Seattle to feed the goats, when we saw Ken riding uphill from Puget Sound pulling a kayak behind his bike. Jacobsen is a pretty steep climb. I yelled out to Ken and he agreed to be interviewed.
Tell us about what you’re doing?
My name’s Ken and and I live in West Seattle, pretty close to where we are right now. This is part of what I like to do on the weekends. I like to bike a lot but since moving to Seattle from Las Vegas — I’ve been here for just a little over a year — I wanted to get into kayaking. Not a lot of kayaking in Las Vegas.
I enjoy biking in the sunset. I commute to work on my bike. I work out in Bellevue. I do a bike and bus commute. And then on the weekends, I like to mix up the mountain bike — utilizing it for the kayak. It’s kind of a nice workout because the kayak really gets your upper body — and the legs, since I’ve got a large hill to go up before I get to the Junction — the bike is a good workout. Coming down here (to Puget Sound) is easy.
What made you decide that this was a good idea to pull a kayak with a bike?
I live close enough to the water that if you look at putting the rack on the car, then putting the kayak on top of the car and driving it here and taking it off, this seemed like a good way to go.
Did you see other people doing it before you decided to give it a go?
I hadn’t. I just looked it up and then went to Mountain to Sound Outfitters, which is close to the Junction, and they ordered the trailer for me. I think it’s the first one they sold. I think you can only go up to a 16-foot kayak. Mine is 12-feet. I wanted something small. The kayak is something on the order of 50 lbs. You feel more like a semi truck, but once you get going it’s easy. Going uphill isn’t hard. You just need to be patient. I’ve got the granny gear going.
I see you’ve got a GoPro HERO on your kayak.
Every once in a while you’ll see some animals out in the Sound. Last week I saw some sea lions. I’ve seen porpoises out there. I’ve seen eagles.
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Are you doing this year-round?
Yeah, I’ve been doing this since February. You can tell the weather is changing. The Sound is a little bit more of an aggressive workout.
Seems like you’re enjoying Seattle then?
Awesome! What’s not to enjoy?