Weather was too nice on Sunday to ignore... Got out and did something a little different!
Originally we'd been planning on meeting up at noon... no way that was happening, I woke up at about 12:30 after being out way too late the night before. Took some time to try and knock the hangover back a bit and made some phone calls. Sweet, we've got riders.
David had just added a springer to his Electra the night before and had to run past the bike shop for some assistance (the older Electra bikes have a 5 1/4 inch tall head tube whereas most other cruisers are more like 6 1/2 inches, not so good for fit!) but he ended up meeting up with us before we had time to roll out. We also had Serge and Charles there, Serge brought along his Hercules chopper... Amber brought out her Scwhinn and I had my Hampton...
Got rolling after a bit, lots of people around out at that end of town so it was a little hairy getting through. Once we were close to the Cambie bridge though it was pretty good, not too many people. We rolled on pretty quick right around to Kits beach for our first stop of the day, half because it was a nice place and half because David managed to get a chunk of tree jammed into his hub. Oops.
Stayed there for a little while - the weather was really nice and it's a pretty neat place to stop.
Rolled down to the Kits washrooms for a moment and then kept on cruising around to Tatlow Park in Kits. Just as we were pulling in there I got a call from Kendal - her and Dylan were about ready to head out so we figured we'd meet up with them there at Tatlow. Darby's on 4th is close by so a few of us rolled over there and picked up some off sales...
Got back to the park and chilled there for a little bit. We were getting a bit hungry - then Kendal called to say they'd be delayed a bit as Dylan's bike was acting up. So we decided to head on over to Jeremiah's at 4th and Alma - the 2005 Summer Solstice ride finished off there.
Food at Jeremiah's is pretty tasty - ordered some food and then I headed back to Tatlow to pick up Dylan and Kendal. Brought them back over and got to eat my food... mmmm.... food...
Original plan was to head out towards Spanish Banks. It was surprisingly cold out though - add the wind once you get out by the water and it's not so fun if you're not dressed for it. OK, where to next?
Since we'd had such a good time doing the Crescent area before we decided to head that way. If you approach the Fairview area from the Kits side and plan your route right you can pretty much skip the hills most of the way up there. If we're ever out riding that way we always go up through the streets there rather than hiking up Ontario or whatever.
Wound our way through Kits until we got to one of the parks up in the richy rich area. Chilled there for a while - Charles said he wanted a park with a view so that's what we got - nice view through the trees of North Van plus a bunch of huge houses all around. Finally started getting going after a while - Serge hit the klaxxon and we decided it was time to motor it... ;) From there we crossed over Granville into the Crescent area and through over towards Douglas Park. Cambie's pretty screwed right now as there's a big ass hole there but you can get through on 18th. Cruised through there and rode up Cambie for a block - they haven't got the hole in yet but the cars can't touch you, perfect.
Did the decent down Manitoba back in to the False Creek area and hit up Science World again where we closed it off. Great ride, great day, great people. Until next time!!