Santa Ride 2006
Last Friday before Christmas!
Met up as per norm - had a nice turnout from the North Shore crew with Joe, Charles, Marietta and Logan. Representing Vancouver was myself, Amber, David, Dylan and Mad Dog. Joe showed up on his fixie - I don't think you could pay me to ride one of those!
We took the path through the park over to the south side - things are still pretty decimated in there. Looks like that path wouldn't have been an option last week - there's still tree junk everywhere and quite a few trees had come down. If you're looking for firewood go there!
On last week's ride we tried out the north side of the park and found out just how far we could go - this week we did the reverse seawall to check out conditions on that side. We were able to cruise all the way to about third beach with no big problems - there's a lot of gravel and junk everywhere still so it's not exactly 'ideal' but it is at least passable. Joe managed to get a flat en-route so we chilled out by the fence for a it while the pit crew took care of things. Or maybe not. Regardless the tire got fixed and we kept on keeping on.
Where to next? Headed back towards the West End stop and the girls hit up the local restroom/Starbucks... The night was still young but Charles and Marietta were starting to think towards heading so we kept on keeping on over to the Burrard bridge. We had two Electra Betty's with us so what could we do but Same Bike Skid Contest! Unfortunately none of us boys could get those bikes to squeal... C'est la vie. Perhaps another time.
To the Casino! I was sitting in those woods last night and thinking just how awesome it is that we've got that little postage stamp patch of wilderness right on the edge of urban central. Not a lot of places have that! I like that it's a little less 'polished' than your typical park too - I fear that at some point it'll get redeveloped but hey, at least we got our chance to enjoy it now. Same old same old there - what next?
I know the owners of Yagger's and Trevor has been telling me to bring the cruisers in for a while now so I figured why not... There were only 9 of us and they've got plenty of space for bikes so we rolled on in and took over the front half. Grabbed a couple of jugs, some food and some shots. Yagger's is on Pender street right by the Ramada hotel. Great spot towards the end of a ride as the North Shore crew can get to the SeaBus, the West End crew is already half way home and for us it's not really much further than the usual ride from Science World. Anyhow the boys at Yagger's took good care of us and we've been invited back, bikes included.
Just after midnight we closed things down. Said goodbye to our long-lost North Shore brethren and everyone headed our separate ways. Merry Christmas!!