Nov. 8….and another decent day! Sixteen cyclists showed up for a ride. We went through town to 19 via Lake Trail and the connector. Rhonda had a flat and could not get her tire off. The last we heard was Eamon had to ride home and get the truck and come back to get her. We continued down the highway to Piercy, Headquaters, Rennison, Huband, etc to the airport for coffee.
Another nice day to finish off a sunny week. A little chilly but not too bad. A trip up Piercy, Dove Creek , Farnham, Tsolum Bridges, 19a with a stop at the Country Market.
6 riders participated in the gruelling (see photo!) Baynes Sound View trail ride. A cloudy day with a few drops of rain but a good time was had by all (again, see photo! ) Oh, and yes, they actually did climb a hill….though it appears like a flat ride out towards Tree Island. Thanks to Andrea for coordinating.
Another one of those “iffy” days with rain overnight and into the morning. It did, however, stop before 9 so we rescheduled to a “Choose a Ride” and 3 hearty souls (all female I might add) showed up….Cathy, Sharon & Marilynn. They decided to cycle Dove Creek, Farnham, Merville, & Coleman where they met up with James & Jane going the other way. All 5 then cycled to the Airport for coffee as the roads got drier & drier. Hopefully we get a drier October compared to the past September, so we can perhaps cycle into November like we did last year.
A group of 20 riders met on a coolish, windy day to check out the ice cream at the Mini-Golf Course. Our leader, Glenn aka “Rabbit Hole” gave us a couple of possibilities for routes including one very few people had ever been on. 13 of the 20 riders took up the challenge and made their way up from the end of Burns Road to Highway 19. The ~ 100 m trail passed over a creek and through a “gate” cut strategically through a wire fence. After meeting up with the other 7 riders at Dove Creek Road we headed straight into the very brisk, challenging wind for 13 km to Hamm Road. Part way down Hamm Road, “Rabbit Hole” lead many through another “long cut” which eventually took everyone to the Mini-Golf Course where, as always, we would be treated to some fabulous ice cream! Alas, the owners had determined that summer was over, and had closed up shop! As a result we headed back south on 19 A, now with the wind following us! Some stopped at Black Creek General Store while others made their way down Headquarters to the Climate Change rally in Simms Park and a few even participated in the march up 5th & 4th. All in all, an interesting, well-rounded day!
10 riders participated on the ride to the Comox Dam and the One Spot Trail.
It was dark in the woods, so no action shots. There was some talk about being lost in the Twilight Zone.
1. A key moment before entering the Twilight Zone..
2. After the Twilight Zone, when we could all laugh about it.
3. Heading home on the One Spot.
A further report from the Coordinator:
Attached is a start of ride photo. 9 of us started off on a rainless ride with a mix of bikes. A few missed turns resulted in a slightly different route to the dam on Comox Lake. On the way to the fish hatchery several riders took a wrong turn and the rest of the group waited at the hatchery and Marilyn went to look for them. After a half hour wait they all turned up. During the wait we suspected they had entered a space time continuum and visited a parallel universe. The rest of the ride went without incident, while we took some easier trails to accommodate the gravel bikes. A couple of riders turned home early around Burns lake. A good ride in spite of a few miss turns and delays.
Ken is new member who joined the day before was on the ride He chose to return early and Glen thinks he’ll be asking for a refund after the visit to the Nymph Falls Twilight Zone.
I think the group passed a motion to preclude the Coordinator from leading any more mystery tours 🙂
Thanks for coordinating, Bob.
A short ride today (~35 km) to Innisfree Farm off of Royston Road. 12 riders were able to relax in the open air cafe and enjoy the delicious fresh food and gardens. A great place to sit and ponder, or wander on a sunny day!