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2007 Winter Nationals

by Bryn — last modified Dec 09, 2007 03:35 PM

The last official Rod Ride of 2007!!

RoundaboutI missed the Winter Nationals last year - it was pouring rain I seem to remember, and I'd just done a wet Friday ride just before... But this year everything just lined up and made for a straight up GORGEOUS day - it was made to order for sure...

Amber and I got rolling a little late (big surprise) so we didn't end up making it to the Cambie until everyone had already rolled on. But surprise surprise we managed to catch up with the herd just ahead at the roundabout... Definitely a good turnout, had to be about 60 riders there all told which is pretty darn good for the end of November.

Danu's Prewar SchwinnDanu had his new prewar Schwinn out for its maiden voyage! Sweet looking bike, check out the photo album for the ride for the full size pics and a closeup of that wild seat setup!!

Also met Dave for the first time in person - hi Dave!

Hex Tube Closeup
This hex-tube Monark is another beauty - art deco all the way, how can you go wrong?

This was the first one of Rod's Rides to be able to ride the SeaWall since last year when the storm shut things down, so you can pretty much guess the route ;) Great timing though, I think it was the first day all the anti-bike gates were gone along by the Rowing Club. Even the bike trap over by Third Beach was open in celebration of the day!

A lot of work has gone in to the SeaWall for sure... The amount of work it's taken to get it open again is pretty substantial. They've had to pull almost everything off the rocks, a lot of trees have needed to be cut since they were half falling already. Yet after last weekend's storm it was closed again, another land slide. Seems the way the weather has been getting over the last while they're going to have a harder and harder time keeping it open.

Stopped at Siwash Rock for a while... our old stopping point there is still a little trashed - I mean, the path has been repaved, drains have been put in so it won't flood out again, but there's LOTS of perfect tripping-sized rocks everywhere. Give things time and the rocks will get kicked to the side, the lumpy ground will get smoothed out and it'll be our old spot again, but it's a pretty strong reminder of just how bad it was all trashed.

Third BeachThird beach was the last big group stop for some of us... Look at that though, if not for all the coats, hats and gloves you'd think it was a summer ride! We hung out in the sun there for a good while, lots of tunes blazing, why leave?



After that it was back towards Science World. Most people were heading on to Pat's Pub but some of us broke off for a while by the Casino. Amber and I rode on up to Broadway and got some awesome Greek at Kalamata... Nothing like a great meal to finish off an awesome ride. Good glass of wine and some tasty food sure puts a nice cap on the day.

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