Monday, November 2, 2009

Ridge Meadows Ramble Sunday November 1, 2009

November is the wettest month of the year here on the West Coast averaging about 7" of rain so any time you get a cloudy or mostly sunny day you want to get out and enjoy it while you can.

So I put the bike in the back of the truck and headg out Pitt Meadows way where the entire area has a series of dykes protecting the area from the Fraser River, the Pitt River and the Aloulette Rivers - the area in Pitt Meadows is basically a broad flat river plain and very rich in agriculture uses including cranberry farming.

It was also a chance to check out the new Pitt River bridge and changes to the Mary Hill by-pass which use to be a real bottleneck for smooth traffic flow.

Starting on the east side of the Pitt River I following a series of connecting trails for some 22 kms before coming back to Harris Road which I followed to the Lougheed Highway and stopped at the McDonald's there for lunch. This has got to be one of the worst service Golden Arches anywhere - at least a 10 minute wait for service and another five for the meal to arrive and it is not the first time that I had that kind of service at that location.

From the restaurant I followed a parallel path to the highway back to my truck but before retiring for the day I biked up the new bridge to center span - it is nice to have a dedicated north side separated path on the bridge to cross the river.

I ended the day with 33 KM on the odometer and then it was back to Vancouver and home to relax before putting a roast in the oven and settling in front of the TV for the evening.

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