The Ride to Conquer Cancer is coming up fast, and my training plan got delayed as I was sick for the entire month of March. I’ve gotten back on the horse (or should I say, bike?) the last few weeks, and put in 3 different 20Km + rides.
Ride #1: The first was while visiting Vancouver Island for Easter weekend. I was staying with in-laws, and took a late morning ride on the Sunday. It was on the verge of rain, but stunning none the less. Starting point was Brentwood Bay (gorgeous view), end was a park in North Saanich (also not a bad view). Most of the ride was not a bike route – Mt. Newton Cross Rd. – but is a quiet (beautiful!!) road through rolling fields so traffic was not a problem. I then linked up to the Lochside Drive bike route which, if it was not my first ride out and I had more time, I would have just kept on going and going. The route stretches all the way from Victoria to Swartz Bay. I will absolutely revisit this route during my next family visit.
Ride #2: The second was a local Vancouver ride. I decided to visit my sister, brother in law and nephews in Richmond. My ride-mapping app unfortunately didn’t record my ride (annoying!) but judging from time and Google maps, the distance from my place near Commercial Drive to their door is about 20km. The Vancouver portion was straight forward, taking 10th to Ontario and following it all the way up to 63rd. It was a beautiful Sunny day, and the blossoms were still out. I enjoyed the Cambie bike lane under the Skytrain, although finding my way to the bridge and then to my chosen bike route in Richmond was not familiar, and quite industrial. On my way back I shortened my trip by hopping on the Skytrain from Brighouse to Broadway, which cut about 20 minutes off my trip home. I had to teach that eve, so didn’t have the luxury of time.
Ride #3: My 3rd ride was with my friend who is also doing the RTCC in June. We took it easy, as my legs and shoulders were feeling pretty tight. It was a relaxed ride from East Van out to Jericho Beach and back. We chatted and stopped a couple times along the way, and of course took advantage of sitting out at Jericho Beach for a snack break. The 10th ave bike route is one of my favorites – the tall trees creating a leafy canopy for the entire East portion of the route. We lost track of our route just before Alma, so on the way back we took Seaside and hopped up to 7th for the West portion of our trip. Vancouver lacks consistent signage on it’s routes, and construction can be a pain. For the most part it’s great, but as soon as you want to skip from one route to the next, it can get a bit confusing the first time around.
Next on the menu will likely be Wall Street in East Van, one of my favorites, then finding our way out towards S.F.U.
If you have any suggested Vancouver routes, let me know in the comment section!
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