Friday September 15
Better late than never?
Last week's Friday ride was sans-camera so there aren't any pictures...
We've been talking a lot lately about trying out some different things - getting out and riding new routes, exploring outside of the usual same old same old. So rather than do the seawall we cut through the middle of Stanley Park and hit up the West End.
A nice stop that we've used a bit lately is English Bay Park - you can see it here on Google maps. Nice view of the ocean and there's a bit of tree cover from the street so it isn't all out in the open. Lots of benches and things and there's washrooms underneath as long as it's not too late in the evening. During the summer they're open REALLY late but now that we're in to fall they close pretty much when it gets dark.
We chilled there for a while and then went over to the Burrard Street Bridge. Mental note - don't head UNDER the bridge unless you like hiking your bike back up the hill! Much better to stay with Pacific avenue along the beach and be at bridge level.
You get some urban assault styles heading down the bridge into Kits - big loooong coast with traffic down below you. Don't do it unless you're comfortable with your bike but it's a nice ride. Good brakes a must!
There's a washroom at Ogden and Maple so it's a good time to stop for a bit. Generally I stay away from the path along the beach - lots and lots of sand and it's usually pretty full of people. Sand + Bike = BAD
Next was some more urban riding along near 4th Avenue up to the park here - there's a tunnel underneath Granville in the middle of the park that's a wicked ride if you haven't done it before. Pops you up in a decent bit of park, nice chill spot down in the corner by the tennis courts.
The best route to take out of there would be to head down to Granville Island and hop on to the False Creek seawall - we went straight along 2nd/4th/6th/Great Northern Way and ducked down in to False Creek at Moberly - if you're up above on 7th Avenue there's a land bridge across into Charlson Park - you can see it on the map. It's not much of a trek from there to Science World. No, NOT the Telus World of Science or the Telus Sphere or whatever, SCIENCE WORLD!! Ahem.
Science World is a good place to finish the evening - pretty much everyone can get home from there easily - there's SkyTrain which covers pretty much anyone East of there and it's still rideable for the rest of us. Eeeeexcellent.