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Playing Hooky

by Bryn — last modified Apr 19, 2007 01:50 PM

Not to be confused with Hockey...

Remember back in the day when you'd cut your afternoon classes?  Go out and have a totally inappropriate afternoon adventure?  Yeah, you know what I'm talking about...

So yesterday work was going kind of slow... Lunch time I made a visit to our new site, the site manager wasn't there so not a lot to do... Checked and confirmed that yes in fact Telus had shown up as they claimed.  Ok, all good, now head downtown to the Harbour Center, swap out a drive... For once everything goes smoothly, all systems go.  Well, it's about 2:00 now, I'm downtown, I have a few extra hours banked, do I REALLY want to go back to Burnaby?  Hell no!

I'd been texting back and forth with Don throughout the morning and I knew him and Turkish were heading out  OK, count me in on that!  Drive home, do another couple checks on my work stuff to make sure things are all good and I'm OUT the door!  Rolling down the hill from our place and this (*&$(%$ SUV starts rolling out of an alley in front of me.  He's staring right at me but keeps on creeping.  WTF?!  I slam on the brakes, throw it into a skid at which point he stops and gives me this look of "What's your problem??"  Ummm... I'm on a bike, you're in a 3000 lb steel shell rolling out of an alley in front of me?  What do you THINK my problem is??  Anyhow, once I was laying some rubber behind me he finally stopped, I unlocked and kept rolling.  Freakin' sweet skid actually, I LOVE my Hampton for that.  Gotta score me another set of tires or 3 for that bike...

Cruise on down to Crab Park, got lots of appreciative looks running through Cracktown to the bridge.  Thanks to Mr. Bigass Cement Truck driver for giving me my space!!  Nothing like having 20 tons of concrete making sure nothing else wings up on you, plus I can accelerate faster than he can...

Get down to the park, SeaBus was JUUUUUST rolling in - I'd given Don a call and knew when they were heading out - they would have needed to make it to the SeaBus within 6 minutes of my call, not impossible but not exactly probable... No surprise they weren't on that one.  Cruised back over to Crab Park to watch the next one come - some dude with a guitar sitting by the SeaBus terminal gave me lots of smiles for my tunes.  Good times...  Sat in the sun for a bit, decided to loose my coat and get my afternoon started.  PPPSPSSSST CRACK

Rolled back over to the SeaBus terminal just as it rolled in.  I'm adjusting my bag when I hear the telltale whine of a Shimano Nexus 3 rolling up behind me.  See a flash of red and turn around to find Mad Dog on his Baron trying to sneak up on me.  Hey, you can't sneak up on ANYONE with a Nexus 3!!  OK, this is going good so far...  Don, Luke and Turkish roll out of the SeaBus and we get rolling to the park...

Took a quick break at the roundabout to get our route plan going (ha!).  Standing there and my phone rings - "Hey, aren't you supposed to be at work?!" - it's Charles, he's rolling by on the bus and spotted us there at the roundabout.  Damn straight!!  Made some plans to make some plans and got ourselves rolling in to the park.

Hit up Beaver Lake - the trails are all open again, 'bout time!  That means we've got a way through the park now if we want it.  Awesome...  Rolled up on a group of people standing by the lake and just set up camp, they ended up taking off pretty quick.  Sorry!  Well, not really... Chilled there for a while, had some very friendly ducks checking us out.  One nearly clipped me in the head during a takeoff, I guess they're not too afraid of people there!  Not 10 minutes later we look over and see some guy having a skinny dip in the lake.  Ugh for so many reasons... <shudder>  The times you both wish you had your camera and you're glad you don't!  But there's something about seeing someone walking naked in the woods on a sunny day that at least makes you feel free, even if it is a tad disturbing.

Oh, new SeaWall feature... I guess since they figure we can't get all the way around the bike path is now bi-directional.  That should be fun... There's also some new bike traps up, probably because the path isn't really wide enough for bikes going both ways.  What do you wanna bet the result is going to be a giant "Walk Bikes" zone?  Dumbasses...

Anyhow, got ourselves out of Beaver Lake and rolled through the rose gardens back to the roundabout and through over to English Bay.  Cruising along past the washrooms when my phone rings again, Charles is at the roundabout.  Pointed him to the Burrard bridge and kept on keeping on.  Got ourselves to the bridge and gave 'er a break.  Had a lovely talk about the ups and downs of female stalkers, Turkish can fill you in on that one later...  Waited for a bit and Charles rolled on up.

OK, next order of business, dinner!  Getting close to Science World, how about White Spot takeout?  Rip on over there but no go, missed them by 15 minutes or so.  Dangit, sorta kinda anyways, I personally wasn't really feeling the Triple-O.  Next stop, Stamps Landing to 'refuel' - I was still doing good, nicely stocked.  Rolled on to the OTHER Rocky Point (gotta figure that one out, we've got two "Rocky Points" on opposite sides of False Creek from another... Need some naming dealt with here!!), took up residence and got in to the beer again.  Sunshine times!  Had a cyclist roll up and go "Dang, you're in my favorite spot!!"  Ummm... sorry?  He decided to take off rather than chat, too bad for him.

Next stop, Granville Island!  About 6:30 by the time we got in there, the Market is open till 7:00 so just down to the wire.  Ran in and grabbed some fish and chips... Mmmm... Halibut... The crew all got some good eats, thanks for the cookies!!  OK, now we need some sun, enough of this dark building.  Besides, the pigeons were starting to close in and a few of them had nasty looks in their eyes...

Got ourselves over to the Planetarium, stopped for a bit.  Tried to decide if 35 cents was worth getting wet for, decided it wasn't.  Scored a laser light show schedule - I see a ride coming out of that!  Just have to figure out how to deal with the bikes, although they say they do groups and such so there might be some hope.  Anyhow stay tuned on that one, more to come...

Next stop, Kits beach.  Sat by Watermark and watched the sun on its descent.  Gorgeous, feels so good to just be relaxing on a nice day like that.  I was at work today?!  Certainly think I'd remember that! 

Back the way we came for the flip side, of course had to stop at Stamps Landing again quickly.  Basically did the exact route we came on the reverse, although not so many stops.  Said goodbye to Don at Science World and then did a mad crazy rip back to the SeaBus.  Definitely was wanting that top gear on my multi-speed bikes for that, spinning my cranks like crazy.  Didn't feel like climbing the hill home so used the 98-B Line to get me up to Granville and 25th, roll on back to the homestead.  Nice!

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