Route: Burnaby to Princeton via Highway 1 & 3 (~550km)
Google Map: http://maps.google.ca/maps?f=d&hl=en...7,4.498901&z=8
This, beyond being probably the longest ride I've done to date, is also my first attempt at a ride report. Looking back at what I've typed, it seems incredibly long winded for a day ride, but I'll leave it for now. I can delete it later, if requested. Comments and feedback are very much appreciated, and hopefully this doesn't bore everyone to tears.
The weather wasn't exactly great, but that was, strangely, part of the purpose of this ride. As a relatively new rider only starting my second season of riding, I wanted to try and stretch the range a bit. The rainy weather was acceptable today in part to test my ghetto rain gear and in part to test myself. I wanted to see what I could handle, how a longer ride like this would feel and how my body would react to it. Better to find out now and build up to a longer two or three day ride, than enter a weekend trip like that without any clue. So, with that in mind, DeosilMau and I (both about equal in experience) met up to head East.
Of course, before we went anywhere, we hit up for gas. Apparently my bike knew the weather better than I did, and after fuelling up, decided not to start. There wasn't enough juice in the battery, probably a combination of city riding and having it sit for a few days. I knew I was needing a new one, and would be getting a new one on Wednesday, but I didn't want to scrub the day. So, with my newly acquired skill of bump starting, I carried on. An ominous warning, perhaps, but hey, I wanted to go riding.
The rain was patchy on the way out. Some parts were light and misty, while other stretches hit like small sharp stings. By the time we hit the tail end of Abbotsford, it was already time for a warm up break. We pulled into a Timmies and, while I didn't feel too bad, I wondered if this was just another sign to turn around and go home. Even roll up the rim wasn't cooperating.
(Continued in next post)