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Crazy Sunday Bike-Filled Sunday

by Bryn — last modified Mar 30, 2009 05:16 PM

Started early in the morning with the swap meet down in Kent... Then did a totally mental ride through a lot of new territory - we were trying to find the Central Valley Greenway between Burnaby Lake and New West, not sure if it actually exists yet but we definitely found a route!

Kent, WA Swap Meet - Inside RoomSunday started really early for me - 3:45 AM specifically...

Every year there's a bike swap meet down in Kent, WA.  I wasn't going to go but at the last minute I decided "What the hell" since I could get a free ride with Jaime down there and back.  Only catch was he wanted to be there for 7AM when the swap opened.  3 hour drive, that means leaving at <GULP> 4 AM.

Well, somehow I managed to wake myself up after going to bed at about 1:30 or so... 2 hours sleep FTW!

Still not sure how I did that...

The swap was a blast though, lots of great bikes, saw more than a few things that I would have bought if I had a pile of cash sitting around.  There were bikes inside and out, you can see the photo album HERE or check it out on the Albums page if you want to see more...

I NEARLY scored a great old Columbia for Amber, but wasn't quick enough on the draw... Oh well, not like I really had the cash for it anyhow.  Saw a few other "almost" buys but I actually didn't pick up anything in the end.  My "partners in crime" however seem to have come home with half the show!  Honestly I think about a quarter of the attendees there were all from Vancouver, it was pretty funny.

Most interesting thing would be a tie between a spaceliner (which I didn't get a photo of for some reason) and this nutty Hoffman tandem:

Hoffman Tandem Cruiser Hoffman Tandem Steering Linkage

Check out that crazy steering linkage - the rear bars can steer too!  I figure the step through on the front, straight bar on the back means "girls on front, boys on back" and you couldn't let HER steer the bike now, could you?

More Old Schwinns

Saw more than a few other intersting bikes - these guys had a PILE of neat Schwinns...  There's a nice prewar ladies bike in the middle there I had my eye on but couldn't quite pry the $$$ out of my wallet for.

In the end I think Danu came home with about half the swap meet and the rest of the Vancouver crew with the other half.  Definitely a lot of bikes and parts changing hands!  I would totally go again next year, this time hopefully with a few $$$ to spend!

Anyhow, once everyone's wallets were empty and cars were full we decided to roll back home.  It was still totally early - the thing about getting up at 4AM is at 9:00 you've already been up for 5 hours.  I think we left there around 10:30 or so. 

I slept for a bit in the car which brought my running sleep total to about 10 hours for the previous 2 days.  Got home and hit the MAKE IT NOW button on the espresso machine, ate some food and pulled out my bike to RIDE!


Met up for the afternoon around 3:00, or at least tried to.  Jaime had the worst luck ever on the SeaBus - went to get off and realized someone had walked off with his bag.  Tried to run out the door and see if he could see anyone and tripped on his bike, blam, split lip, no bag.  Boo!!  Needless to say he didn't make it out for the afternoon... :(

Anyhow once we got everything sorted we got ourselves together and did this route ----->

It was a BLAST, I couldn't have asked for a better day or a better ride.  Totally gorgeous out, definitely the nicest day of 2009 so far.  We were trying for the Central Valley Greenway but I don't think it's totally done yet.  I'm actually suprised how many existing trails there are out there that I never would have known about otherwise...


Burnaby Lake

Our first stop was at Burnaby Lake - we enjoyed the sunshine there for a while plus the sights and sounds of being in the wilderness, or at least darn close to it.  We kind of had a time crunch (or at least I did) so we kept on pushing after a bit and rode on through the questionable part of the route.  I had NO idea whatsoever where we were supposed to be riding through a lot of that but we found what might have been a service road or something that set us up perfectly. 

Ended up in a giant mud pit at this one park, that wasn't so fun plus it stuck as at the bottom of a HUGE hill we had to haul the bikes up but there's no shame in walking!  I think the Greenway route will be down at the railroad track level, we could see something that looked like a route being built once we were up at the top and looking down at the other side of the creek.


Just A Bit Of Mud...

We SkyTrained it from there, we were all pretty tired.  Ted had been riding since about noon or so, and I was running on next to no sleep.  Of course I couldn't take the train all the way back in to Vancouver so we jumped off at Patterson and did the downhill route back in to town.

Finished at home with take out greek food - MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM... I <3 Acropol!

Till next time!

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