Sunday, March 19, 2006

An Excellent Day

Today on our weekly boys ride we had a bit of an epic. One of the reasons we moved to the Shore was to ride and partake in all the outdoor activities that this part of Vancouver has to offer, without always relying on a car to get us to the trailhead. Today was one of those perfect days.

When organising the ride we realised that there was too much snow on Mt. Fromme to ride up and have a decent outing, so we decided to ride over to Seymour for a bit of a longer ride. It started out well intentioned enough, an easy pedal over to Park Gate to meet some of the other guys. A pedal up Old Buck and then, as the plan went, down Ned's Atomic Dustbin and back home. We all decided, however, that we wanted a bit more of a challenge than just Ned's, so the epic began. We had already been riding for an hour and a half but we decided to do Corkscrew, Pingu, Team Pangour and then ride across Bridal Path to Twin Bridges and then back home.

Corkscrew, and Pingu went well, as did Team Pangour. But then we had to ride across Bridal Path. None of us had any food, some of us were on 40lb + downhill bikes, and others were on sub 35lb "All mountain" bikes. I was one of the lucky ones and had a "light" bike so I had a whole lot of fun on the whole ride. Others on the DH bikes paid a heavy toll. The uphills, after all we had done, proved bonk material. One mechanical didn't help either.

In the end though our 4 hour epic ride was perfect. We rode form our homes, had a wonderful time in the sun and the snow. Had a long ride that most only ever dream of. And then I got to spend the rest of the afternoon with my kids. Thank God I moved to the Shore. All in all it was about 30 km and there was about 600m of vertical covered (how do you measure this? We went up and down and up and down, but out lowest point was about Sea Level and our highest point was about 600m, hmm), it was sunny and the company was good. What more could you ask for?


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