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"I See Ground" Ride

by Bryn — last modified Dec 07, 2006 08:31 PM

Wow, am I glad I got out riding... Weather was great and we ended up with a decent group. Eeeeexcellent!

I've been keeping an eye on the weather for the past while on the home page of the site and had spotted Wednesday as a possibility for getting some riding in. I'd noticed on the Weather Cam that the SeaWall had been clear for days - Mad Dog had scouted it out a while back, apparently the SeaWall gets plowed and salted. I suppose that makes sense really - the number of tourists who'd take off out there anyhow would be a total mess, people in the ocean, all that. Anyhow every moment I got a chance I was peeking out the window, the grass that had been completely covered in the morning was totally bare by 1:00. Perfect.

Sent out some texts, no bites... Gave Mad Dog a call and he was game to go. Checked on the forecast - 7 degrees and clear. That's what I'm talking about. Nabbed my bike, got out of the house and rolled down to the Roundabout.

We stayed around there till 8:00 then took off. I haven't done the full SeaWall in a **while** with all the rain. If you look in the Soaker section of my blog you'll see the rainy fun. Anyhow we made pretty quick work of it. Only stopped at the Water Park for a quick break and then kept on keeping on.

MD and I rolled straight on to the Burrard bridge for our second stop. Basically came up from the Aquatic center and lowe and behold there was Kendal coming up the other side. Naturally Dylan was right behind so we stopped for a while and chilled. They'd just rolled out of the house and had all night. Mad Dog said he was game to ride and since I live over on the south side anyhow we decided to ride South False Creek.

Stopped in by the Casino for a little bit where I snapped the shot on the left. Yeah, pretty blurry but you work with what you've got.

Rolled on over to Stamp's Landing for some off sales since this was pretty spur-of-the-moment. Kept on rolling over to the point near the land bridge where I shot the top pic.

That's a nice little spot to chill out for a while - there's a bench, it's pretty removed from everything and you're still pretty close to there. Charles and I stopped by there a couple of weeks ago on a later night ride - there's lots of rocks on the point but there's enough room for a half dozen bikes or so..

Everyone was still game to go so we headed out towards Granville Island. Skipped the flagpole this time - I've been finding people are so tired from having to haul their bikes up the hill they never want to go anywhere from there so we just kept on keeping on. Hopped across to Vanier Park and chilled for a while along the path there. For those of you who remember it the Karate Chop gate by the boat storage has been replaced. It doesn't seem to want to attack cyclists anymore although I know better than to REALLY screw with it. (I once got the damn gate stuck under my springer as it tried to fire up again after coming down and smoking my front fender).

From there we rolled over towards Kits beach. The path down to the beach near the water has been pretty sandy this year, add winter conditions and it's a bit sketch. You don't really want to be riding through sand like that anyhow, not good for your bearings. If you take the road it's basically the same route anyhow - hop up again by the concession stand and you're golden. If you head along the ocean side of the pool you'll find the gate is usually open during the winter. I think the gate is really there to stop people getting in to the pool - since it's closed and half full of ice they're not so worried about people trying to score a free swim. Makes a nice little spot to ride anyhow. Only downside is when you get to the end there's a pretty steep trail to get out. It's not immediately obvious but you have to go up a little dirt cut to avoid the stairs. Not a ride for Serge on his big green monster!

Headed on up towards Cornwall and rode the sidewalk to Tatlow Park. Tatlow is just past Macdonald, there's an entrance from Cornwall on the south side of the street. Hooked ourselves up with a bench and listened to the last of the batteries on my speaker. It was about 11:00 by that point and I had to be up at 5:00 for work - time for me to head out.

Mad Dog, Dylan and Kendal all live in the West End so they headed back towards the Burrard street bridge. I headed up into Kits - you can roll up to 25th or so by Cambie with no real hills if you're starting on that end. Lots of lights too, this was just the first interesting one I got to.

Stopped at Napoletana Pizza on Arbutus and 10th for a bite... They were still open enough to make me a small pizza. Can't get much better than that! OK, go home, get some sleep, feel muuuuch better. This is cruiser riding, I don't know what I'd do without it.
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