Keith cycling around town:
“I did a bike trip around the city (with Stuart I.) back in June and I know people are wondering how it went, well I’ll let you know… We biked about 65 km around the city. Originally it was to be only 35 km but we extended it into Richmond as it was only the two of us. As you will see we were slowed down a bit by some of the stops Stuart wanted to make. If you want to know how to balance 3 cases of pizza pops on one side of the bike and 8 litres of canola oil on the other – better call Stuart! We won $13 on the slots.”
Tu Loan cycling up Mt Seymour:
“This trip report almost did not happen. Due to problems with the service provider, TLT’s callout was sent out way past the sign-up deadline. Luckily, Emeric ignored the fine print and signed up to join her for the ride. After meeting at the Superstore in North Van, they rode to the base of Mt. Seymour to meet up with Chris M., a very last minute participant, with his classic model mountain bike. Lucky for him, this was TLT’s first callout and was just happy that anyone would want to join her for the trek up Seymour!
The weather couldn’t have been better, with blue skies and a slight coolness in the air. Wildflowers on the side of the road prettified the trip. A fawn was also spotted. These were all planned by the organizer, of course. Animated chatter could be heard all the way up to km 10, mostly from TLT. The boys put up with it until their inner-Hesjedals took over and cranked it up for the last two km, which also happened to be the steepest part of the ride. They were kind enough to double back when they reached the top to ride with TLT to the finish line. How chivalrous!
They basked in their glory for a few minutes before making the quick and cold descent. It took 1 hour 20 mins to climb from the base and about 10 mins to fly down.”
Keith F. cycling Chuckanut Drive:
It turned out to be a beautiful weekend for a little bike jaunt down to the US and A. After organizing gear and leaving cars at 165th Street and 8th Avenue (good spot) it is a 5 min ride to the border. The plan was to bike from Vancouver but I changed the trip to Sunday-Monday as Saturday was looking really poor weather wise and wanted to get where we were going. When biking past 100s of cars to easily get to the front of the line, it is hard to not feel a little smug. Then again you must be honest with yourself and realize usually you don’t bike across the border and you usually sit with the masses of cars. But today was not one of those days: 5 min border crossings.
Using a map from a local phone book we sufficiently meandered our way around Birch Bay State Park and then around the lovely BP refinery and arrived at Bellingham. The I-5 is not the nicest stretch of road, but all the side roads we took are great. Luckily we were thirsty and hungry after biking down and we happened to land at Elizabeth Station bottle shop and bar. Good sandwiches, beer on tap, and lots of options for taking many many different beers home.
After this it was a quick shot to Fairhaven. It is touristy and nice for sure. We all relaxed on the lawn (greenest lawn in Fairhaven I reckon) in front of the Colophon Café. We then made our way down Chuckanut Drive. The weather was great and Larabee State Park is not that far down the hills. We pulled into one of the walk-in sites and set up camp (no reservation). There are few food options on the scenic drive (and the possibility they might be closed) so after biking for a bit in the night we elected to turn around as the road is tight and windy – not fun in the dark.
We slept well, it is kind of insane to think a train is going to come barreling through your tent in the night, but that’s what it is like when they pass by. We got up and went up the few hills (they are over really quick) and back into Fairhaven for some breakfast. We did a little shopping in Bellingham and meandered our way to the border and back home once again. Fun group, fun trip!
Trip by the Numbers…
- Number on trip: 4 (reduced max from 8, Rebecca, Susanna, Cheryl, Keith)
- Km’s biked: approx 160 km
- Borders crossed: 2 (US and Canada)
- Animals seen: 1 Possum, one toad (both road kill), 59 cows, 14 sheep, 5 dogs
- Animals lives saved: 13 (helped 2 adult mallards, and 5 ducklings safely cross a road North of Bellingham; slowed down on 99 and put 4 way flashers on for 6 more to way to meeting the group) I wouldn’t say I’m a Super Hero, but others might 🙂
- Fear a train might come directly into the campground in night: 4
- Insane irate driver who disliked cyclists: 1
- Insane irate driver who avoided a heart attack after he relaxed and drove away: 1
- Oysters shucked: 0 (they closed before we got there)
- Options for more trips in Whatcom County: many
Markus on Saturna Island:
“Thunder and lightning greeted us as we reached Saturna Island giving Brenda, Susanne and I a dramatic start to our trip. Fortunately, there was no rain at our campsite at Narvaez Bay as we settled in. Warm sun greeted us the next day as we made our way to East Point Park. On our way we saw plenty of deer, otters, seals, eagles and a pod of killer whales. In the evening we enjoyed a beautiful sunset after dinner and had an early night. The morning was spent relaxing in our tents as we waited out a drizzle and then made our way back to the ferry terminal for lunch at the local pub (note: they have good gluten free burgers). The ferry arrived, bringing with it the sun, and we saw yet another pod of killer whales on the way back.”
Chris M. at Hydraulic Creek:
“Three of us went for a 5-km bike ride along the non-motorized and paved LSCR. The trail starts right after the bridge. It is easy to follow but Joanna did mention it was quite steep. We reached the ridge junction in 2 hours, spotting our first snow there. Hiking uphill seems to give Adina blisters so we headed back down (she’s hoping for future callouts that are downhill both ways!). The waterfall sounds nice but is hard to get close enough for any good photos or great views. Everyone agreed that cycling back is much better than walking and that this area was very enjoyable.”
Steve’s Solstice bike ride:
“Close to a dozen signed up for this trip and I’m going to call it a success. Completely foreign to any other callout I’ve ever done (being urban, and so low key in terms of athletic effort), it was a great thing to do on a weeknight. A few of us had lights on our bikes and helmets (mine here: https://tinyurl.com/6rz4z87) but I think any future incarnation of this event requires far more effort on that front! We turned a few heads, but we could have turned more.
The convoy set off from Wall Centre and St. Pauls and hit a variety of sites including: the Woodwards displays, Lost Lagoon Tree, the willow on Pacific and more. We ended our ride with snacks and hot chocolate at Bridges.
We had a perfect night of weather and to top off that the Solstice events at the Roundhouse, Olympic Village, and Granville Island really upped the entertainment factor. That being said, I wonder if the ride could have been equally as enjoyable on a different night, freeing us up to actually spend more time at each of the False Creek (or elsewhere) Solstice festivities and the ride could have stood on its own.”
Keith cycling here and there:
“It was a great day for a ride. We moved quite quickly through the city, but had time to smell the roses. One rider went down early on on some railroad tracks, but is doing well! It was a great loop, tried my best to keep off totally busy streets as we meandered West, South, East then North. The food? I do not know how it works that you ask random people to bring food and it all goes together so well. (I once had a birthday where nobody talked and there were 7 cakes though…) Veggie lasagna, yam salad, and wild rice with salmon… and a cupcake!! It worked out very well. Here is the recipe for the salad:
Sweet Potato Salad With Orange-Maple Dressing
(Bon Appetit, June 2003)
The salad can remain at room temperature up to two hours before serving. Makes 12 servings.
1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
2 tablespoons orange juice
2 tablespoons Sherry wine vinegar or balsamic vinegar
1 tablespoon fresh lemon juice
2 teas poons minced peeled fresh ginger
1/2 teaspoon ground cinnamon
1/4 teaspoon ground nutmeg
6 pounds red-skinned sweet potatoes (yams), peeled, cut into 3/4-inch cubes
1 cup chopped green onions
1 cup chopped fresh parsley
1 cup pecans, toasted, coarsely chopped
1/2 cup golden raisins
1/2 cup brown raisins
Whisk all ingredients to blend in small bowl. Season dressing to taste with salt and pepper.
Steam sweet potatoes in batches until potatoes are just tender, about 10 minutes per batch. Transfer sweet potatoes to large bowl. Cool to room temperature. Add green onions, parsley, pecans, and all raisins; Pour dressing over; toss gently to blend. Season salad to taste with salt and pepper. (Can be made 2 hours ahead. Let stand at room temperature.)”
Markus on Mayne Island:
“Seven of us headed out on a spectacular Saturday to check out the wonders of Mayne Island. In seven hours (coincidence?) we managed to cover most of the north of the island at a fairly relaxed pace, stopping at the Farmers Market, Georgina Point and Edith Point for a wander about/hike. We then headed inland to Mt. Parke and hiked up to Halliday Lookout where we had lunch while taking in the spectacular view of the Gulf Islands. I would recommend doing this as an overnight trip as there is still plenty more to see.”
Markus cycling the sea-wall in Stanley Park:
“Shout out to Rob M and Oksana for joining me in what has to have been the most laid back call-out I’ve ever been on. The weather was perfect for the myriad of stops that we made on the way. From investigating tidal pools around Stanley Park to finding little tucked away waterfalls around False Creek, we covered a lot more than just the distance from start to end.”
Michelle on a cycle tour of Pender Island:
“Despite some on the spot re-planning courtesy BC Ferries and Parks Canada, eight of us had a very enjoyable trip cycle touring, hiking and playing tourist on both North and South Pender Island. Three of us stayed at Centennial Friday before meeting up with the rest of the group who arrived Saturday morning. The Saturday market was indeed full of delicious and creative items and a worth while stop. Our private peninsula camp at Welcome Bay Farms was a lovely setting for our base camp for the remainder of the trip. Local Island hospitality and great company made this trip complete!”