With the change to a wet weather pattern forecast for the next week - I use the last dry day - Friday to get in a longer and more strenuous bike ride in - this one entail climbing up the Cypress - Angus bike route to the Midtown - Ridgeway route along 37th Avenue - which is basically the high point of north south travel in the city - also was reminded that it had snowed early in the week because there was still some snow on the shaded lawns along 37th - took a two minute detour to ride by my Alma mater - Vancouver College - first time I have been by there since the newest addition has been completed - then where 37th reached Ontario St I turned left and went down this to Tenth where I detoured a couple of blocks past my old condo building and then proceeded back to Ontario and down to False Creek and home. A ride of around 18KM - no photos as I left the camera at home on purpose - being a camera hound i find that i spend so much time taking pictures that I don't get in any serious riding.
In less than a month I will need to start more serious rides as the Bike escort team for the Vancouver Marathon will start training and this year I want to be ride ready at the start - in other words able to keep up with the others from the start.
Today I am just lazin about - need to head back to the DR office this afternoon for a follow up to my blood work from last week.
If I was really energetic I should head out to the Agridome for the final in the high school boys basketball tournament as Vancouver College faces off against St Georges - the two big boys only schools in Vancouver or the Catholics vs the Protestants - it will be loud for sure.
Thursday, March 12, 2009
One of the nice things about living in the Metro Vancouver area is the easy access to our regional Parks - recently you saw some images from Pacific Spirit and Grant Narrows Park - today under sunny and warming skies - at least the worst of the cold raw wind is gone - I headed out towards the airport and stopped at Iona Beach Regional Park - located on the coastal wetlands of the Fraser River delta is park is rich in wildlife - mostly birds and sea creatures - there is also a log sort and great views of the North Shore mountains - it is also a great bike ride as the traffic is light and the road is flat - many of the long distance riders will use this area for there training rides and timing runs.
Afterwards a stop at IKEA for 2 hot dogs and pop - only $2.00 so you can't go wrong - then a drive along River Road to the Queensborough Bridge and Marine Way and Cambie street and home.
Monday, March 9, 2009
I hadn't really planned on posting anything today but as these images show the S word is the topic of the day here in Vancouver - a light snowfall is blanketing the area and then it is suppose to clear off and turn colder - this is March for heavens sake.
Also was out early but it was time for my annual Cholesterol and PSA blood tests - only a block away so the snow wasn't a problem.
Sunday, March 8, 2009
Who is that guy - he seems to showing up on most of my posts!
Today with another dry but cool day in store I go into the truck and decided to go for a short drive around the west side of Vancouver - heading out to the beaches and my first stop was at Spanish Creek where one of the last remaining natural spawning creeks flows down to the ocean. Some Coho are showing up in the fall so the rehabilitation project seems to be working.
After a short stop there my next visit is at Acadia Beach which is the last easily accessible beach heading west - it is also the first beach where the clothing optional folks can go au natural without having to go all the way to Wreck Beach or having to climb down a steep stairwell.
There is also another small creek there that flows into the ocean.
After that it was time for lunch and a visit to some of the stores along the Cambie and Broadway Street shopping corridor.
The drive down Cambie is now almost back to normal - with the exception of the area between 12 Ave and the Bridge it is now repaved and open to four lanes of traffic.