Over the past few weeks, I've ridden the Sea to Sky highway half a dozen times. Sometimes in the evening after work, sometimes on the weekend, etc. The last time was on Tuesday, acting as my wife's chauffer for the "Hot Chicks" ride, (since she has trouble seeing at night). Every time though, there's been lots of traffic. (Of course, that's not surprising since it's a very busy highway), BUT....... I've heard of people who go on the highway early in the morning and beat the traffic. Today, I thought I would give it a try.
I got up at 6:00 A.M. which is quite a feat since I am NOT a morning person, and was heading down the road by 6:40. As I reached the entrance to Sea to Sky highway, I could see a beautiful winding road stretching ahead of me with no cars in sight. "WOOO-HOOO!!!" I thought .
Unfortunately, that feeling of bliss and happiness lasted a mere thirty seconds, as I came across a group of cars. Since I hate passing on double yellows, I waited for a legal passing opportunity. Eventually one came along, but no sooner do I pass that group, there was another group of vehicles. And on and on it went . I was so dissappointed that I had gotten up so early, and it made absolutely no difference.
So....... just what day and time DO I have to hit that road to be traffic free???
On a side note:
Shortly after I took the 1st ave exit, after riding over the Second Narrows (Iron Workers Memorial?) bridge, I saw a crow sitting in the middle of the road ahead. Strangly enough, it didn't make any attempt to get up and fly away as I rode past. I pulled my bike over to the side of the road, and looked again. This time a car drove past it, missing it by a few inches. I ran over to where the bird was sitting, and it just looked up at me, and didn't move. I couldn't see any signs of injury, but I knew if stayed there any longer it would be road pizza. I gently picked it up from the dashed centre line it was sitting on, and carried it over to a little park beside the road. I could feel it's little claws wrapping around my fingers as I carried it. I put it on the grass under a tree, so at least it was in the shade. Well, at least I did something interesting on my ride.