RIDE CANCELLED - GOING FOR A LOOP WITH A FRIEND.
The plan: ride to Merritt via the Hope-Princeton and Hwy 5A, settle in at the Middlesboro Pub for late lunch in front of the big screen while enjoying Moto2 and Moto-GP, then ride home. Ride at your own pace - the route is simple to follow and there will be regroup points every hour or so.
Moto2 is on at 2pm, Moto-GP is at 3pm, and the trip via Princeton takes about 5 hrs, depending on pace and stop times. Theoretically one could leave Vanc as late as 10am and be 'on time' in Merritt for the 'big' race. However, I want to hit the road at 8am out of Vancouver to beat the heat and traffic. We should have at least a snack in Princeton (which, with refueling and the typical chat, will likely consume an hour), then if time allows could do a side trip (say, to Banquier and back) out of Princeton, or out of Merritt (either up the 5A past Nicola Lake and back, or the Mamit Lake Rd).
Timings will be 8am away from my door, 8:15 Boundary and Grandview, 8:45Tim Hortons Langley (200th and 86th). Please have a full tank, an empty bladder, and have finished your coffee and muffin (or whatever) so we can ride out pretty promptly after the meet time - we'll refuel again in Hope, cuz it's 240km from Langley to Princeton. There will not be a breakfast stop, just light brunch or a snack in Princeton, then 'full lunch' in Merritt.
Please post by 10pm Saturday if you're coming (if at all possible). I have prechecked the arrangement with the staff at Middlesboro, but I'll want to phone ahead to reserve the correct number of tables in the screen area.
P.S. Home-bound we can do whatever the group (or individuals) feel. Fastest and least interesting is the Coquihalla (not much more than 3hrs to Van). Hwy 8 and the canyon (my preference) takes about 4 hrs to Langley and 1/2 hr more to Van. Real keeners could do the Duffey on the way back, but at this time in the summer it'll be dark from Whistler or Squamish to home going that way.
P.P.S. Recent events have gotten me thinking about who we ride with and what we know and don't know when we do these rides. I'm going to ask that ride participants 'sign in' with me before the trip. I'd like to have your name (printed, so readable), cell phone number, an emergency contact and their number, and your care card number. This is all voluntary, but if trouble happens I find it embarrassing to be totally uninformed about even such basic matters as who is involved.