June 27, 2015
Vancouver BC to Lynden WA
It was a brilliant sunny day as we rolled out of our Vancouver hotel this morning. Howard B had graciously agreed to guide us out and rolled up just as we were getting the last of the bags into the van. We all rolled down a couple of blocks to the nearest MacDonald’s for a quick breakfast before hitting the pathway.
Howard took us out along False Creek and then onto the Central Valley Greenway. What a great bike system. Being early Saturday morning there was almost nobody on the path way. Around 25 kms the pathway ended and we had to pick our way along but Howard’s unerring sense of direction was perfect and we found ourselves directly above the Pattulo Bridge. We said goodbye to Howard and rolled down the hill directly onto the bridge. Thanks Howard! The bridge was really high and more than a little scary. The sidewalk where we were riding was narrow, 18 inches above the traffic and no railing. There was quite a side wind threatening to blow you into traffic. Normally I would have my camera out but I kept both hands on the handlebars.
After crossing the Fraser we rolled down a few back road and climbed a really really steep hill before joining the Fraser Hwy to Aldergrove. We crossed into the US at the Aldergrove. We pulled into a Shell station in Lynden and bought out all of their chocolate milk. There is nothing better than drinking an entire quart of ice cold homogenized chocolate milk on a 35C day.
It was a very fun day at 87 kms and 702 meters of climbing.