A group of buddies joined me this morning for a quick ride to Squamish and onto the dirt trails towards the Indian Arm. Lots of dirt bikes out there having some serious fun in the wilderness.
On the S2S however, we were the only idiots on 2 wheels.
Here is my report on the state of the Mighty S2S till Squamish.
Obviously, they are everywhere. Absolutely everywhere, Don't even think of speeding. The only ones I saw speeding are running an Alberta Plate.
Cops come in all sorts of shapes and colours. Obviously some re-inforcement vehicles and staff have been brought in. I think that the number of unmarked cars were slightly over the marked patrol cars.
In total, both way , I think we met between 20-30 cops.
PAssed Lion's bay, the one lane section is no more. The centre divider has been removed. It looks like 2 lanes must be in place Northbound no matter what. You cannot change lane in those sections, as some yellow dividers are in place. They are not your usual orange roadworks ones. Instead they are bolted into the ground, and they do not look easily breakable. So in those sections a bike would not stand much chance in case of contact.
This rule of 2 lanes north one south is true all the way to Squamish wherever you know a normal single lane.
The most dangerous lane one a bike is the left lane. Simply because the water collecting holes which are normally under the concrete dividers are now exposed, and never in the same place or frequency. Those holes have been blocked with some big rubber patches bolted in place. Nonetheless, if you put a bike tire in one of those, you are in for a rude wake up call. So simple fix stay in the right lane in all those special one month only 2 lanes.
Ok so that is true, just passed lion's bay, before Porteau Cove, during the narrow section at Porteau Cove, down into britannia beach, then surprisingly uphill after britannia beach to the top, then it's over till Squamish.
So now all those special sections are single lanes only, except for the climb back out of britannia beach. Keep in mind that the divider has been removed there, so you are constantly dealing with the white line of the emergency lane.
Then come the big surprise, At Porteau cove, where the road really narrows between those cliffs and the water, well Southbound you will find yourself riding on the railway track. That's right, they paved the railway track, with some really smooth black tar. However, the rails are still in place. So you better open your eyes and concentrate, because one wheel in those suckers and you are going down. This is by far the most dangerous section on a bike.
My advice, as you climb on the track, stay left between the rail and the concrete divider they have put in place, and you will be good as you will not have to cross any rail.
That's it folks, if you have read this, you have been warn.
Riding the S2S for the next month is stupid and dangerous.
Ride it at night, and then you are really asking for it, between the rails and the covered holes.