Thursday, September 4, 2008
First real trip. Around the vancouver area. 35 miles
Today was a real good day. Loaded some panniers and headed out to get a feel for the greater Vancouver area. Headed into downtown cause Vancouver does not have ring roads. Everything goes everywhere. It was quite complicated till you get used to the way they show street names. Briefly, if you see a street name above your head its not refering to the street you are on. Instead it is the name of the cross street. Did you get that? Well i kept forgetting and it leads to total confusion... This morning, after cycling about 10 miles I found myself back where I started. But, got the hang of it now.
Its a beautiful city, where the walker and cyclist and roller blader is treated like equal with the motorist. Got into Stanley park on ther edge of town and it was a pleasure cycling the paths around it. Bit like Phoenix park with stunning views and sunshine. Back to the city and out again to the coast more spectacular scenery. When you need to keep your wits about you. Traffic builds in the afternoon and they dont be long letting you know if you are in the way. You just gotta take your place on the road and hang on tight.
Head south tomorrow. More fun to come.