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It's All Downhill From Here...

by Bryn — last modified Apr 11, 2007 10:17 AM

Burnaby again!! Yeah, we're hooked...

We did another SkyTrain ride last night...

Got everyone together at Patterson SkyTrain station around 8:00 or so...  Dylan was running late so we made plans to hook up with him later - one nice thing about SkyTrain rides is you can meet people at just about any station, doesn't matter to them once they're on the train!!

Took off from Patterson and rode through Central Park - nice place, totally worth checking out.  There's a few different lakes in there, a pool and a horseshoe pit, would totally be good times on a summer ride... Oh yeah, we HAVE done that on a summer ride!! Well at least rode through... Good picnic stop probably.

That killed some time - we had 45 minutes to get from Patterson to Royal Oak and that really only takes 5.  Burned up a good half hour or so in the park and then hit the trail again down to some benches just shy of our meeting spot.  Unfortunately Dylan didn't know the route yet (first time for D&K) so he ended up going off in search of a pay phone to hook up with us but it all worked out.

Got back on the trail - wicked downhill rip from there.  NEARLY hit one nasty rock right in the middle of the trail - if you're doing this one in the dark you need lights, no two ways about it.  Anyhow we all got past it unscathed although it sure got my heart rate up.  One of those "OHHH CRAAAAAAAP!!!!!" moments where you see your front wheel taco'ing and you going flying over your handlebars in your head even as you manage to squeak out a recovery.  Whew... good times.

Kept on the downhill past the "Park in Progress" from last year right up over the bridge by the SkyTrain maintenance yard.  Should have kept going there - I stopped at the top of the bridge, didn't realize our next stopping spot was just down the other side.  Oh well, live and learn.  There's a good stopping spot just past there between the two tracks.  You're in the middle of nowhere - tail end of the shut down SkyTrain factory, an abandoned rail line, some trees and a whole lot of NOTHING all around, you never see anyone and you can pretty much hang out there forever.  Music is great - the SkyTrain track reflects it back down so it makes a sweet little chill spot.  I'm totally looking forward to bringing a bigger crowd there.

Resumed our decline in to New West.  Got down to the bottom (I like that trail so much more coming down than I do going up!!) where Don broke off to head for home.  Jumped on the SkyTrain at New West and went our separate ways...

Dylan, Kendal and I got off again at Patterson for Patterson Round II (fight!)... Rode the 7-11 trail down to Kingsway and Boundary, rode the sidewalk on Kingsway down to about 34th Avenue.  Basically followed the ridge along, don't loose your altitude if you're going West from there or you've got a lot of climbing to do!  Following the ridge will take you back up to about 38th or so, yeah you could leave Kingsway sooner but 34th is a nice natural progression and avoids a lot of traffic.

37th is DEFINITELY the place to cross Knight - if you've been riding the route I suggested you're already at the top of the ridge and there's a light there.  You want a traffic light for crossing Knight.  Say that 6 times fast... ;)  Plus it's a great view of the city, wish I'd brought my camera!

Anyhow, kept following the ridgeway bike route (basically 37th) over towards Fraser.  Did a ride through the Cemetary just for Kendal, popped out again at 33rd.  Lost another couple blocks down to about 28th or so and resumed our westward trail.

Pretty much right to Ontario by that point - I rolled with D&K down to the checkerboard at 18th and Ontario.  Stopped for a bit, said our goodbyes and rolled on home.  Only 11:30 or so when I got in the door, pretty much NO uphill the entire night and I'd covered a pretty good chunk of the city!  Definitely want to do that one again.

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And on the same subject...

Avatar Posted by Dylan at Apr 11, 2007 02:16 PM
From the checkerboard it was all downhill home for Kendal and I. Nice speed, but coaster's should remember Broadway so they don't melt their hub screamin through there. I decided to attempt a J skid there, but it was too wet and almost wiped (would have taken Kendal out with me).
Rolled in just past midnight.
Take the advice, follow the ridge home, a nice ride with near no traffic. 3 cars passed us the whole night. =D