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Ocean Park Mission
Not deterred by the abysmal weather in September, I set out to ride my first route again, but with more style :P
The night before, everyone but one of those who had expressed interest bailed. :(
Lo and behold the morning of the 14th came, the weather looked great (although dark and cold), and no response from the last club member....
Riding out to the start was a little chillier than I expected, a layer of fog coating everywhere, and at the modified Starbucks-start, I was glad to see it the fog dissipating. Though I did seem to choose a start at the top of a typical New West hill (I'm sure I would love that by the end!).
So off we headed Maple-Ridge bound, riding along United as the fog dissipated. But my wonderful luck would not leave me! As we reached the Pitt River Bridge, I remained on the Highway while my companions diverted onto the bike path. As the two rode quite closely together, when the first rider exited the path, he was able to hide the pylons that were so nicely newly installed in the path (to stop cars from driving about). Which of course meant that when I looked over to see where they were, all I saw were legs flying in the sky and a cartwheeling bike as the second rider hit one.
I rushed over and we reassembled bits of his bicycle, but with his 28-hole steel spoke rim now warped, it was clear that it was a bit of an impact (later on he found it to be a bruised bone.)
But, committed 2 of us carried onward to the Tim Hortons in Maple Ridge where we enjoyed a coffee in the sun.
Upon reaching the next control in Mission (another Tim Hortons of course :P) I pulled out my phone to discover a "This is Alex [Pope] texting ;)"..... COMMUNICATION PEOPLE!!! IT HELPS! *mental sigh*
Distractions aside we crossed the Mission bridge, praying for dear life we would not puncture amidst the plethora of debris on the sidewalk --> beer cans, shards of glass and twigs and others scary things. Thankfully we made it over without a hitch.
At this point, my last remaining riding partner had to go visit some family, so we split ways and I went to ride the remaining 130-odd kilometres myself. I wish I brought headphones :)
Personally the Langley --> Aldergrove --> Fort Langley traversal is my least favourite part of the route, but it was gorgeous sunny weather, so I couldn't exactly complain :) And information controls as riddles are always fun!!
Once back in Fort Langley, a little bummed at the lack of company I sat down to a bit of a meal at Wendel's. It ended up taking actually a fair amount of time due to the huge amount of people around (sunny holiday Monday... figures).
I paused briefly at the next information control to consume some chocolate, re-pump up my tires (they're supposed to be at some obscene psi) and carry on to the coast.
Eventually the first control presented itself, I had it signed and then reflected on the bailing of my comrades. With some energy left, I decided to ride home in the setting sun towards Vancouver.
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November 13, 2013