Southlands Here We Come!
New routes, new terrain, good times!
Well well well... what have we here, something new and different!
I finally got off my butt and got my J.C. Higgins together this week... I pulled my frame out last week and discovered my fork was bent beyond belief plus had a big crack right through one of the dropouts... No good! But I scored a wicked BMX fork and an old-school GT "Piston" stem at Rod's Swap Meet last weekend, problem solved!
Blasted the bike with grey primer and started throwing things together just to discover that my &#&*(^ frame was twisted too... Spent a couple hours with some very large pieces of wood "convincing" it that the rear wheel really did in fact need to turn and be somewhat centered between the stays... Tuesday evening a bike was born, and she's badass!
OK, so on to the route...
Michael and I met up at Douglas Park and headed a bit east over to Ontario. Over the top of the ridge and then go west young man! Eventually you hit Maple Grove Park - Southlands is in sight! Pop onto Marine Drive (there's a white line with a picture of a bike that you're supposed to ride near) and then down into Southlands...
Michael and I rolled on up to the edge of the water - last time I was down here there was a partially abandoned shipyard there - now it's totally gone and there's this massive old winch that's totally worth checking out if you're in to neat old machines. There's a pretty new path along the river there too - Michael and I checked it out, not worth bothering with unfortunately. Lots of hoof-prints make for a really bumpy ride and it doesn't actually go anywhere. To the east you hit the golf course and to the west you just get dumped back on the road again... D'oh...
Rolled to the other side of Southlands and got on to the river again. There's a trail all along the front of one of the other golf courses - this rocked, the sun was setting in front of us, pink and orange skies dropping into the ocean. Perfect! Got out into the Musqueam Reserve from there... Half of the land in there is "lease land" - ie white folks are leasing the property from the natives. See if you can guess which is which!
We explored a bunch of different routes around in there but when it comes down to it there's really only one way out and that's Salish... That eventually pops you out right by Marine Drive and the entrance to UBC!
Used the forest to get up the hill, then took 33rd-and-up out. Ahhhhh yeah... Great ride, DEFINITELY want to do it again!!