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Brian's Birthday Ride 2006

by Bryn — last modified Sep 17, 2006 12:40 PM
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We had a wicked ride to celebrate Brian of Ride On's birthday. Ride On to the Fraser River!

Awesome, awesome ride. A few brutal hills in places but it wasn't too bad. Good turnout - must have been about 30 or 40 cruisers which for a mid-September cruiser really isn't that bad. I've got a pretty good assortment of photos in my photo album.

We met up around noon in behind Ride On - most of the crew didn't show up until a bit later, I don't think we actually got rolling until about 1:30 or so..

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One chopper was there with a sweet set of tailpipes - he's got a flamethrower rig on this that apparently does 10 foot flames. We never got to see it do its thing but it looks like it could, that's a hell of a nozzle.

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From there we headed out to Queen Elizabeth park. Can't say I was crazy about the route up there - big ass hill that never seemed to end. I don't think more than 4 or 5 people made it to the top without walking. Here's a few hauling their bikes up the hill... if you look at the fullscreen version you can see a few further down the path still hauling their bikes up. I think about half of us were up by this point.

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Jonathan had a 20" Schwinn out that I haven't seen before - I popped a pic of him on it here.

After Queen Elizabeth we headed over to the Penny Lane pub at 41st and Main for a few beers. We managed to park all the bikes outside ok but it was a bit cramped.

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Here's a good shot of Rod sitting inside:

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Of course we need the obligatory picture of the birthday boy himself:

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From there we headed over to Winona Park at about 60th and Columbia. Nobody was using the lower field so we took the opportunity to have a break. The sun felt SOO good, glad we managed to grab it while we could.

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We went down to Kent avenue from there and followed the bike path East. Eventually it connects to a few smaller parks and then a nice seawall along the Fraser River. I had no idea that was even there!

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We got out to the end and there was a big wooden pier - perfect spot to chill for a while in the sun. At that point I ran out of space on my camera so no more pictures... We had lost a few members of our group by that point but we still had a good sized group. After chilling there for a while we hit up the Hippo pub at Main and Marine for a while. That was pretty much the end spot for the ride - had some wings and beer there and then we hauled our bikes back up Main.

I hadn't ever ridden anywhere this ride ran before - new routes are always cool. I'm digging that bit of seawall along the Fraser River, I'm going to have to figure out a route back there some day. Good times!!

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