Archive for July, 2018

What’s summer without ice cream? “More cream, less scream” are words to live by. Not to worry, for the dairy and sugar-averse, as there are soup and sandwich options. This is a fairly flat ride, save crossing the Skytrain and Queensborough bridges, which explains this ride’s popularity. Who are we kidding? It’s all about the ice cream.

Meet: 9am at Arbutus Coffee Shop at 6th and Arbutus (40+km ride), or Kent and Cambie for shorter 31km ride.

Route: click here

RSVP the leader, inform her where you plan to meet: Teresa

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Whether your taste in ice cream runs tall, wide, silly or fancy – all will be considered – and NO ONE does not like ice cream. Plan for the ride is to ride no more than 25km at a pace that does not exceed 18km/h to get the best ice cream! And where is the best ice cream? – bring your suggestions (within the distance limit) – and we will ride to the location those riding select. Feel free to post your suggestions in the comments, but be prepared to argue for your choice before we ride. Destination will be announced to WhatsApp Group before we embark.

Ride is subject to weather – check this post by 8am on the ride date in case of cold, rain, snow or volcanicĀ  eruption.

Meet: Arbutus Coffee (W. 6th Ave at Arbutus St)

Time: 10am

Instigator: Will and Naiden (email if you want us to be sure you are there before we set out)

Route: only the shadow knows…

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I was so pleased with the Vancouver to Vancouver ride that David and I completed earlier this month that I have decided to spend another week riding and camping at state parks in the Pacific Northwest. Plan will be to take buses from Vancouver on August 11 to Astoria, Oregon (total cost US$64) then ride south staying at Oregon State Hiker-Biker campsites for 6 nights. Then ride back to Eugene, Oregon (spending the night in a municipal campsite), from which I will catch buses back to Vancouver (total cost US$62) to be back on August 18 around 10pm. Camping costs will be $6-8/night, so the total cost of the trip, before food and tubes should be less than US$200. The pace would not be the scorching pace that David and I suffered, but I expect the days would be something like (I am open to changing the distances and camping locations):

August 11 – Astoria to Fort Stevens State Park  (14.3km)
August 12 – .. to Nehelem Bay State Park (59.7km, 615m elevation gain)
August 13 – .. to Devil’s Lake State Recreation Area (118km, 637m)
August 14 – .. to Washburne State Park (99.1km, 656m)
August 15 – .. to Tugman State Park (73.1km, 779m)
August 16 – .. to Honeyman State Park (43.6km, 415m)
August 17 – .. to Richardson Park Campground (87.5km, 417m)
Augustt 18 – .. to Eugene bus stop (25.4km)

Best of all, in the summer the prevailing winds blow south, so (except for August 16) we will be just trying to keep up with the birds. I will be bringing tools and a first aid kit, that I am happy to share.

If you are interested, email Will.

This tour will be a reconnaissance ride for planning a club tour for summer 2019.

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