Hope was a nice quiet town. I fell asleep listening to the rain. I woke up and it was just misty, so I went for a walk around the town to explore. I found some nice wood sculptures, totem poles, and some murals. I also had a tasty breakfast at a local café.
I loaded the gear up on the bike at a very leisurely pace, and set off. Vancouver was less than 100 miles, and I was in no rush. I just wanted to make it there by lunch, so I could enjoy more tastiness.
It started to rain about five minutes after I left Hope. I was in denial again, and refused to stop and put on my rain gear. Thirty minutes later it did stop, and the sun briefly came out. I stopped at a rest area to enjoy the blue sky and stretch my legs.
Shortly after re-starting it started to rain again. hmm. Just before I reached Vancouver it stopped again which was good. There was a lot of construction on CA-1 just east of the city which wouldn’t have been fun in rain. An HOV lane opened up, and I was able to zip past the cars just sitting in traffic. Awesome!
I made it to the restaurant I wanted to visit, and luckily found a parking spot right in front. The food was good.
After lunch, I headed into downtown proper in an attempt to find the park on the North side. I rode around for a bit in the general direction, but ended up missing my turn to Pacific and went back across the bridge. Ah well. I found other parks and beach with a view of downtown, so it worked out. I sat on a log in the sand watching the clouds and people move about. It was nice, but I was getting too hot! Crazy right? After so many weeks of being cold, to be too hot. It was in the high 60s and sunny.
I got back on the bike and just road along the coastal area exploring. It was nice to ride along with no destination in mind just to see where the road went.
Eventually, I started to get hungry again, so I headed off to a café for some hot tea and scrumptious treats. I enjoyed sitting on their patio watching the people walk past. I even had a long conversation with one guy who was staring at my bike. He has been wanting an SV650 for some time, and had many questions. It turns out he is a closet moto guzzi fan too.
Evening was beginning which meant it was time to go and meet up with Sonja. Wow, she already put up a post with a cool pic of me on my bike. Sonja and her husband graciously offered me their spare room and a dry space for my bike. It rained the entire way to her house, and it is raining even now as I write this. I guess that is why they call it the
west wet coast eh? Thanks again to the HOV lanes, I made reasonable time getting across the city. We those in the city in Minnesota and not just on the freeway!
I had a great time chatting with both of them. We enjoyed some wine and stayed up quite late. This seems to happen when two bloggers (or even youtubers) get together - staying up late swapping stories about riding and life. Good times indeed. They’ve both gone out of their way to make me feel welcome and comfortable. I really appreciate their generosity and warmth.
More Vancouver today (5/23), and then Thursday I head to Seattle.
I think this sign is funny with the little guy falling. silly I know.
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Video: A Vancouver Beach