Ride Till Midnight!
After a whole lot of absolute crap for weather Saturday opened up to be gorgeous!
All week I was watching the forecast... Friday was originally supposed to be nice but that obviously didn't happen. Saturday was a different story though!! I checked Friday night - clear all day, temperature about 8 degrees, PERFECT.
I was so eager to go right from when I woke up that I could barely sit still... I knew the bottom bracket on my Manhattan needed some service but I hadn't gotten around to it yet. So hell, why not? Tore it down, discovered everything was pretty cooked (cracks in the cups/cones, flat spots on the bearings themselves, ugh)... I was at the bike shop by 9:45, new parts in hand.
I rolled out around 12:30 or so after breakfast (yeah, I did the bottom bracket first) and met up with Mad Dog just after 1:00 down at the Burrard bridge.
We stuck around there for a little bit - I'd given Dylan and Kendal a call too, they popped in pretty soon thereafter. They both needed some coffee so Denman here we come!!
Quick shot parked outside the coffee shop... This is Dylan's Kustom Kruiser with my Manhattan...
We popped on down to Denman Bike Shop as we were in the neighborhood and I wanted to say hello to Justis anyhow. Danu, formerly of Hukk Cycles on the North Shore is now working at DBS! Danu specializes in restoring old cruisers and he's brought those skills to DBS - how many bike shops can you walk in to and get a fully rebuilt, ready to ride '48 Schwinn!!
Moving on, moving on... We headed down to Coal Harbour and rode along towards Crab Park. The idea was to head over the overpass and ride in to Kits but while we were sunning ourselves Charles gave me a call - he was just at the SeaBus right off work. Excellent.
Great Kendal shot!! Up front is her Simple with its very very sweet teardrop mirrors.
So we had some time to kill while Charles got his bike - we decided to explore around the area for a bit. First we tried to see how far we could get along the road by the rail yards. Got up to a whole bunch of fences and figured we couldn't go any further. Dang.
Turned back and headed over the Main street overpass and along down to the old buildings near the Sugar Refinery. Railway street I think it is - really nice old buildings down there and the area is deserted on weekends. Honestly really clean!!
Rode on over towards Strathcona Park for a bit, rode around the track a couple of times although it's pretty covered in tree junk from the storms still. A tree actually came down over the track - it's been cut up and such but it's interesting that even there the winds were heavy enough to take out trees.
So it was getting on about 3:30 or so, time to break out the beer! None of us had picked any up yet so we headed up to a cold beer & wine that's across Homer from the library. From Strathcona park we headed down to Science World, rode up the wheelchair ramps across Pacific over to BC Place (which is now re-inflated!) and then did a bike hike up the stairs.
Yeah, we sure made it far once we got to the top of the stairs, eh? I was ready for a break for sure, bikes aren't ment to be carried!
I was actually wondering if Mad Dog would just ride up or not...
Anyhow, we picked up our beer and rode back to Crab Park. Our route was a little lacking - we ended up heading through Gastown but going the wrong way, not so good. Over to Main street, up and over the overpass and on down to the park.
Charles was along shortly - Dylan and Kendal had previous engagements so they had to take off. At the same point Amber was meeting us back over at Science World so we said goodbye to those two and then headed back over the overpass (that's #3 now!!) and on to Science World.
This was Amber's first chance to get her Cheetah out since the little overhaul I did on it last week - she caught a good load of pictures down in the Gazeebo, you can see lots more in the album. Bike performed great!! She can really rip on that little thing. We got a little video of Mad Dog riding the Cheetah, look for it later on in the Video section.
We eventually got rolling again and did the False Creek seawall along to the Burrard Bridge. Kinda funny rolling past the same spot as I started at, now 4 or 5 hours later...
Stopped there for a while and then decided we needed food. Headed along the path over to Denman and got some Shwarma... mmmmm... We were supposed to be meeting Lucas and David over at the roundabout for 7:00 so we took the food to go and bombed on down and ate once we rolled in.
Lucas had gotten there a bit early and David showed up right at 7:00 sharp - good times. We waited until 7:30 to see if anyone else was going to pop up, nope... We headed back through the park towards Third beach, a nice little stop off we've been using the last few times since we can't get over to Siawash.
Now what? Charles suggested Yaggers, I was totally down. Now that I think about it we could have just rolled back through the park to get there but hey, we're here to ride! Headed along False Creek (past the Burrard Bridge, that's #3 for that landmark!) towards the Cambie Bridge then cut through the BC Place parking lots and popped up over on Beatty by DIX.
Rolled along Beatty and took a little alley route past VCC over to Pender. Yagger's was pretty full when we got there (Dine Out Vancouver is going on right now) but there was a big table free right by the front. Good thing since I was the only one who brought a lock with me!
Food is so good especially after you've been out all day. There's LOTS of good stuff on the Yagger's menu - I'm still dreaming of the seafood risotto they've got on their Dine Out menu, among other things.
After a few beers and a big load of food we decided to call it a night. Lucas and Charles hit the seabus and Amber, David and I rolled back past Science World (that's #4 for that one!!) and up the hill home. Rolled in about midnight, a full 12 hours after I first took my bike out the front door post bottom-bracket overhaul. Now THAT is a great day. Good times, good people, what more could I ask for?