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2014 PAST RIDES AND EVENTS
October 19-14 Fraser Valley Toy run and ride after
Eight bikes started on this ride, starting from Mcdonald's with the first stop at Ricky's for breakfast. Breakfast done we headed on Hwy 1 to Fraser Hwy east to Mclure rd and on to the start place of the toy run in Mission. Before the start of the run we met up with other people,some we have not seen for a while. This year there was a larger then normal turnout, most likely because of the very warm temperature. Records were broken all over BC today with new highs. After the Toy run eight of us went for lunch at Rivers Restaurant in Yarrow and then for a great ride around Chilliwack mountain and Chilliwack lake. Last stop for coffee at Tim Hortons on Vedder before heading home.
487 bikes left from Mission and another 273 from Chilliwack. The others joined up at the Abbotsford Auto Mall. 1215 toys were donated. The value of the toys and the cash donations (including corporate donations) was about $29,000!
|October 19, 2014 Fraser Valley Toy Run|
October 12-14 Inch and Weaver creek
First stop was Ricky's for breakfast, Eight bikes were here for this ride to inch Creek fish hatchery and Weaver Creek spawning channel. The weather was good and the leaves are turning colours on the trees. Near Lake Errock we stopped and a couple of us tried the roasted chestnuts a guy was selling from his home. I thought they tasted awful. Inch creek was the usual, the seven ft. long sturgeon are still swimming around in the pond. The place was crowded with people. Weaver creek had very few fish in the channels, maybe too early. There were hundreds of tourists here, trying to find the few fish that were in the channel. from here the ride was shortened from the pre-planned ride as some people had to leave to get home for Thanksgiving dinner with their families. The remaining riders went to the Chilliwack airport cafe for lunch.
October 5-14 Vancouver Toy Run and Whistler 350 km
We met at Mcd and rode to Ricky's for breakfast. Seven bikes only for this ride to Coquitlam to take part in the 36th annual Toy Run. I can remember when we had 46 bikes with a Police escort all the way to the Port Man Bridge. There was a very good turnout for the ride under sunny skies and warm temperatures. After the Toy run we did our planned ride to Mt. Seymour and Whistler.
|October 5, 2014 Van Toyrun|
September 28-14 Anacortes Oyster Run 267 km return
As usual we started from McDonalds in Langley and headed to Big Al's restaurant for breakfast where we met up with the rest of the group. Eleven bikes on the route to Anacortes. We travelled through Drayton Harbor, Birch Bay, Lummi Bay, over through Bellingham to Chucanut Drive. Once in Anacortes we spent a couple of hours walking around, looking at bikes and the Seattle Cossacks stunt riders. We regrouped at the agreed upon place and headed home. The day started out foggy and changed to a beautiful sunny day.
|Sept. 28-14 Oyster Run|
September 21-14 Duffy Lake loop clockwise 600 km
This ride, because of the time it takes was a no stop for breakfast ride. However about five people met at Ricky's in Langley shortly after 7 before the start time of the ride. Also some had breakfast at Mcdonald's. Eleven bikes and thirteen people were anxious to do this ever popular ride. First stop Tim Hortons in Squamish. Next stop Pemberton for gas and we were going to have lunch here as well. But no one was hungry yet, so we went on to Lillooet and ate at the hotel. On the way down the Fraser Canyon we stopped in the center of the canyon, Boston Bar for the ice cream break. And yes it was hot enough for ice cream, many records were broken today in this province with high temperatures. It was 32 in Lytton today. Last stop was in Hope for topping up the gas tanks. Here one of the group had a flat tire. Here is a good reason for group riding. We had with us a tire repair kit that did the job just fine and we were on our way in 15 minutes or less.
|Sept. 21- 14 Duffy Lake Ride|
September 14-14 Diablo Dam 406 km
As usual start was from McDonalds and the stop at Hilltop Restaurant in Bellingham for breakfast. Riding as many back roads as possible, including Burbpee hill to Marblemount. Continued on and first stop was a road on the north side of Gorge lake to a campground and small community. Back to Hwy 20 and up the hill to the dam. Here we walked around and explored the almost 400 ft. high dam. Everyone found this tour very interesting. On the way back we stopped at Mondo restaurant in Marblemount for lunch. It was very good and the asian lady was a very good server. From here we took Rockport road back to Hwy 20 and then in Concrete we found South Skaght Hwy back to Hwy 9. On to I-5 and home.
|Sept.15, 2014 Diablo Dam|
September 7-14 Spenses Bridge-Merritt 561km
Because this was a long ride there was no breakfast stop, but a stretch break along Hwy 7 and a coffee break in Boston Bar. Eight bikes took advantage of this sunny day for a ride through the Fraser Canyon to Spenses Bridge and then Hwy 8 to Merritt. Lunch at Merritt Dessert Inn. Don't think I would stop there again The service was very slow. At lunch some of the group wanted to go home via Princeton. We agreed five would go this route and the other three would go the original planned route. The longer route was a total of 661 km.
|Sept. 7-14 Spense Bridge-Merritt|
August 30 -Sept 1. 4 day ride to Wa- ID- BC 1830 km
I was the only one to sign up for this ride but 2 others were on a nine day ride and planned to join this ride for the last two days. So for me breakfast for one at Hill Top to start off. The long way to Hwy 20 and then east to Winthrop where I had lunch. The plan was to stay over night in Tonasket WA. but there wasn't much there that looked like I would want to sleep there. It was only 1 pm so I decided to keep on going and take a longer off the beaten path route. The night was spent in kettle Falls WA. Sept 1 would be a short ride to Creston BC so I decided I would ride past Creston to Kimberly and back to Creston for the night and the agreed upon motel there. This is where I met up with Wayne. Next morning we headed the long way to Castlegar. On the way we stopped in and spent about two hours at the old silver mining town of Sandon. We went through the museum and Hydro power house which has been running contiously since 1897. Now Tuesday we were to head home on Hwy 3, but Hwy three was closed a little west of keromeos and we were told it would be closed for three hours. We turned around and went via Penticton which was about another two hour ride. it got very wet on the way home on Hwy 5. got home about 5 Pm. It was a great ride.
August 24-14 Ice Caves 320 km
This beautiful morning I was disapointed and surprised that no one was at McDonalds for this ride to the Silverton Ice cave, this has always been a popular ride. But for the three of us that met @ Big Als for coffee or breakfast it was a great ride. This year we took diversions from the usual route and seen some more of the USA we have not seen before. The two km walk up and the same back was a very worth while part of the trip. ( there is a $5 per vehicle parking fee) On the way back a stop for ice cream in Granite falls wa a welcome stop.
|August 24, 2014 Ice Caves|
August 17, 2014 Logan Lake 576 km
Group of nine met at McDonalds for this fairly long ride to Logan Lake. The first stop was Ricky's in Chilliwack for breakfast. After breakfast we were ten, heading up the Coquhallla to Merritt via Coldwater road. From Merritt to Logan Lake for lunch at the Old Village cafe. After lunch a suggestion was made to go home by way of Ascroft about an hour and half longer ride. So nine of the ten wanted to do this ride so off we went. We had a new person join us on this ride today and when asked how he was enjoying the ride, he replied that it was the most fun he had ever had with his clothes on. The morning started out with high clouds and warm. As the day went ont the clouds disappeared and the sun got even warmer. The new longer ride was 632 km. Ooops almost forgot ice-cream stop in Boston Bar
|August 17, 2014 Logan Lake|
August 10, 2014 Mt. Baker & Barbecue 315 km
This was a short ride so we could get home before the BBQ. Six bikes were parked at Hilltop restaurant for breakfast after the ride from Langley. After breakfast six bikes rode under prefect skies to Mt. Baker and then back home on roads other then the usual ones and of course Chuckanut drive. Back in Canada before 3:00 pm as planned so we could get to the annual BBQ. This year the barbecue was at Ken and Monica's place which is near Campbell river in south Langley. Everyone gathered early as planned to chat, play Bocce ball or fish in the pond. Bob Baines was the head chef cooking the hotdogs and hamburgers and he did a great job of it. Before the main course everyone could snack on the different fruits, veggies, chips, popcorn and I can't remember the rest.
|August 10, 2014 ride and BBQ|
August 3, 2014 4 mountains 392 km
Started from McDonalds as usual, first stop breakfast at Ricky's. Nine bikes joined together for this beautiful day ride to four local mountains. Burnaby mountain was the first then Seymour,Cypress and Mt. Callihan. Lunch was in Squuamish at the Shady Tree Pub. After lunch five riders headed home and four rode to the fourth mountain. We had three riders we haven't seen on a ride for a while. Good to see them again.
|14-08-03 4 mountains|
July 27 Winthrop for lunch 600 km
Two bikes started from Mcdonalds this beautiful sunny day and met up with the four others who had went to Hilltop restaurant for breakfast. Leaving the restaurant at 9:00 am we travelled by LakeWhatcom to Hwy 9 to Hwy 20. Once in Winthrop we had planed to eat lunch at Carlos Mexicam Grill, but it was closed so we ate at Riverside Grill which was good. Afeter food and fuel we headed back on Hwy 20 and Home.
July 20 Marble Canyon loop cc 680 km
Eight bikes took part in this ride, one rode to hope and returned. Cloudy start to the day, some light rain. Later in the day some sunny breaks. Coffe stop in Hope lunch in Cache Creek.
No cameras, no pictures
Thursday July 17-14 Squamish Gondola (Sea to Sky)
This ride being an extra scheduled ride started from Ricky's with breakfast. Five bikes with six people left here to start out on Hwy 1 heading to Squamish. At Taylor way we pulled off the hwy to join three more people. The sky was covered with light cloud and the tempature was perfect for a Motorcycle ride. As we got closer to the Gondola the skys cleared and the tempature was a very comfortable level. Luky for us there was a 20% discount today for members of motorcycle clubs. Up in the Gondola we went. At the top thereis a susprnsion bridge and numerous trails to walk. all this was first class. Large look out areas were along the trails. When we had all finished the tourist stuff we headed back down. Now lunch time, we headed for the Water Shed Grill We ordered our lunch, but it took over an hour to get it. The food was about average. I wouldn't go there again. They were pretty busy, but I don't know why. They do have a view of the Squamish river that was nice. As for the Gondola, I think everyone was impressed with it and thought it was more then anticipated. Now home before the major traffic started.
Glenn's Photos Wayne's Photos Ken's Photos
July 13-14 Langley BC to Langley WA 450 km
Three bikes at McDonalds (one brand new one) were joined by three more at the breakfast stop which was at Hilltop Restaurant. Of course Chuckanut drive was the route to Hwy 20. We travelled some new roads on the way to Langley Wa. on Whidbey Island. There was an art festival happening there which closed a lot of streets and the place was very busy. Lunch in Langley was out of the question, so we headed to the Pie Cafe for lunch. The way home took us to more unfamiiar roads. The weather was sunny and the tempature was very comfortable, especially near the water.
July 6-14 Ride for Cherries 620 km
The clouds had the sky covered this morning and still five bikes showed for the 620 km ride for cherries. Ya we know you can buy BC cherrries at the local market but it seems like a good idea to ride there anyway. No breakfast included on this ride because of the length of the ride. We did stop in Hope for coffee before heading up Hwy three. A short stop at Manning park lodge to stretch and and or remove layers of clothes as necessary. Some minor sprinkles along the way but not enough to put on the rain gear. Stop for gas at Princeton before riding the Old Headley road and then keremeos. The sun was shining here and very hot. some were pleading for cooler temps. Lunch today was at the K Cafe on the main street and it was very good and big portions. I had the fish and chips, it was excellent. That done we headed for the fruit stands to look for cherries. They looked goood and we collectively purchased about 50 pounds of them. On the way home we encountered some light rain and did stop to put on some rain gear. South of Hope the sun appeared and follwoed us home.
June 28-14 -July 1-14 4 day Caribou/kootenay 2300 km
Only four guys were up for this ride to the north and east. We met in Chilliwack Saturday morning with cloud and expecting rain.All were ready to leave by 8:00 am. Hwy 1 to Bridal Falls, then over to Hwy 7 to Hope and the Fraser Canyon. Lunch at Hungry Herbys in Cache Creek and it was very good. I think we all had chicken and fries. Continue on Hwy 1 to Quesnel Sandman Inn for the first night. 632 km today as planned. Breakfast first and then a ride into Barkerville. On the way back we stopped in at the Cottonwood house an old road house from the gold rush days. We had a tour of the place and one of us got to try the whip used to encourage the horses to move along. Back to Quesnel and onward to McBride Sandman Inn for the second night. Both days we encounteres rain showers at times. The second day was only 468 km . Day three we left McBride and rode 617 km to Revelstoke and stayed at the Sandman Inn. Day four we rode 524 km home via Enderby and the Westside road which I think is even better then Chuckanut drive. On this trip we rode a lot of beautiful roads seen a lot of unbelievable scenery and lots of wild life, Deer, Moose, Black bear, Grizzly bear, Sheep, Goats, Mink, Elk and maybe some others I can't remember. All bikes operated flawlessly, food was great, rooms were good, rain didn't dampen spirits, and we all had a good time.
|June 28-July1 Caribou ride|
June 22-14 Camano Island 320 km
Bikes gathered early at McDonalds for this ride to Washington State. Ride got a late start because one person ( won't say who) couldn't find their Nexus card. But all was well and forgotten by the time breakfast was served at Hilltop Restaurant in Bellingham. Sev. en bikes headed out this very sunny and warm morning. Of course we had to ride Chuckanut drive and close to LaConner through Stanwood, made the loop around Camano Island. This is a very senic route and good roads. Back home by way of Hwy 9. Stop for lunch at Big lake Diner. Once in Sedro Wooley everyone seemed to head their seperate way Home with only two finishing the route as planned.
|June 22, 2014 Camano Island|
June 15-14 (father's day) Miricle valley 232 km
Very cloudy this morning as five bikes meet at McDonalds for the father's day ride. On the way to Ricky's for breakfast the skies opened up and poured on us. On with the rainsuit and spirits not dampened by the rain four bikes were determined that the rain would not interfear with the day. Two of the bikes had less then 200 km on them. So you might say that Langley Roadrider members are keeping the economy going. Across the Golden ears bridge and many roads without highways we travelled, to Miricle valley and back on Hwy 7 at Silvester rd. Through Agassiz and through Seabird Island, the Hwy 9 to Old Yale rd and stop at the Wildcat Grill for lunch. On to Hwy 1, exit onto prest rd to Majuba Hill and home. Short ride and home by 3:00 pm for father's day dinner.
|June 15, 2014 Miricle Valley|
June 8-14 Egmount for lunch 351km
6 bikes met at McDonalds this morning to start this ride under slightly cloudy skies. Travelling on Hwy 1 to Horseshoe Bay to catch the 10:10 am ferry to Langdale. At the ferry terminal we joined two more bikes waiting there for us. The 40 minute ferry ride past very fast as we had coffee and shared conversations. Because of the off loading of the ferry it is impossible to stay together as a group when leaving the ferry at Langdale, so we reassembled at Gibsons. Riding many interesting and twisty back roads on the Sunshine coast we arrived at the Back Eddy Pub for lunch about 1:00 pm. Good lunch and then back to the ferry in Langdale for the 4:50 return ferry to Hoeseshoe Bay. When the ferry was approaching the trminal we said our goodbyes to each other when docked we headed home on Hwy 1. Each bike exited the highway at the exit they chose to make there way home.
|June 8, 2014 Egmount|
June 1-14 Explore Whatcom County 365 km
The weather was sunny today as we started from our normal starting point and headed for Hill top restaurant for breakfast. Here three more joined the ride as we toured almost all twisty roads of Whatcom County. stopped at Big lake diner for lunch. then home via Chuckanut drive and Birch Bay.
|June1, 2014 Whatcom County|
May25-14 Merritt-Osprey Lake 642km
Even though the weather forecast was for rain a group showed up for this ride. Travelling on the north side of the fraser river to Hope where we stopped for a coffee. Still not raining we headed up Hwy 5 to Merritt. Here it started to rain lightly. On to Osprey Lake and then to Princeton. After leaving Princeton the rain was more serious. Despite the rain we all had a good ride and managed to stay dry.
May 17-18-19 3 day ride to Grand Coulee
The ride was a pleasant, non-hurried ride and we only rode less than 400 KM per day. We spent the first night in Yakima, where we would have arrived earlier if someone would not have missed the turn off to Motel 8. The second night was spent at the Grand Coulee Centre Lodge, older but clean and quiet. We had hoped to leave Yakima by the same way we arrived through the Canyon, but it was closed due to a bicycle race. We had lunch in Winthrop and continue home throughout the Cascades. Great trip.
|May 17-19 2014 Grand Coulee|
May 18-14 Fraser Canyon>Merritt 570km
On this day two rides were scheduled. The long ride was to the Fraser Canyon. The other ride was to Aggassiz with the long ride and then head back home on the back roads south of the Fraser river.
Only three bikes showed for both rides, Two bikes did the long ride one did the short ride. All bikes headed across the Golden Ears bridge and on Hwy 7 to Aggassiz. The long ride headed to Hope via hwy 7. Coffee break @ Boston bar. Lunch in Merritt and home on Hwy 5 and the Hwy 1. Weather was some cloud, some sun and a couple of very light showers. No Pictures forgot camera
May 11-14 Local lakes 283km
As Usual start from McDonalds. First stop is Ricky's for Breakfast where 10 people met to eat and socialize. Seven bikes headed across the Golden Ears bridge. At Rolley Lake one bike picked up a nail and of course went flat. This being a tube tire the only solution was BCAA. Now only six bikes on this mother's day ride and the weather was perfect. After touring a number of lakes we headed for The Angry Chef Diner in Chilliwack for lunch. Here one more left the group because he relized he had left his camera behind at the breakfast place and one had to head home for early dinner. Now only four bikes we finished the ride and we were home about 3:30 which was in time for mother's day dinner. Yes the camera was retrived.
April 27-14 Ladner/Squamish
3 bike showed up this rainy day in hopes it would clear up. Breakfast at Ricky's and then home because of the rain and the forecast for more.
April 20-14 Bridal Veil Falls/Othelloe Tunnels 267 km
The morning weather was unexpectedly not raining. First stop as usual Ricky's for breakfast, from here south side of the river on back roads to Chilliwack, then on the freeway to Bridal Falls. A 1/2 hour walk to the falls and back was good exercise and a strech of the legs. Back on the bikes to Hope for lunch, then to the Tunnels. The tunnels were closed because of falling rocks. The return to home was on the north side of the river. On Hwy 7 near Agassiz we could see the fields of tulips at the Tulip festival there.
|2014-04-20 Bridal Falls|
April 13-14 LaConner Tulip ride 259km
This is one oif those short rides often requested, as welll this ride like many could be shortened almost anywhere if a person only wants to ride a shorter distance. as it was the group was back home by 1:30. I heard that the tulips were not as plentiful as in some past years. The weather was very good and a good day for riding.
April 6-14 Marblemount for lunch 340km
This morning light cloud covered the sky when two bikes met at McDonalds for this ride to Marblemount for lunch. First stop was at Hilltop Restaurant for breakfast. Here we met another rider and after breakfast we put on the rain gear as it had spit a little rain. It seemed to work because we never got wet, nor did it rain. Down Chuckanut to Hwy nine, some other not to used roads on our way to Marblemount. This is where plans had to change because there were no restaurants open in Marblemount. We headed for Concrete to see what was there. We found a place on Main st. named Hub Bar and Grill. we had great food at a very good price we would go there again. so next year the ride will be called "Concrete for Lunch". home Via Baker lake, Hwy 9 to Sumas and home. Good ride, good roads, good food, and as always food friends.
|April 6, 2014 Marblemount for Lunch|
March 30-14 Horseshoe Bay, Squamish for lunch
Four bikes were at breakfast this morning, three intending on riding today. When we left McDonalds the sun was shining, however when we had finished breakfast it was sprinkling a bit. Three of us started out on this ride. By the time we got to Vancouver it was raining fairly heavy. Two of the three headed for home. I decided to carry on to Horseshoe Bay along Marine drive. Once in Horseshoe Bay decided to ride to Squamish for lunch. It was sunny in Squamish. TOn ther route both to and from there were periods of no rain and periods of heavy rain. I was wearing rain gear and warm cloths and heated grips and seat so I was fine. The Hwy was blocked at the Horseshoe exit, so I found the Loins gate bridge and came home through Burnaby, and over the Alex Fraser Bridge. By the time I got home around 3) the sun was out.
March 23-14 Fraser Valley Loop 295 km
The first ride of 2014 and the weather was cool and sunny. Ride started from McDonalds as usual and first stop was breakfast @ Ricky's. Six bikes was a good turn out for this around freezig morning. Travelling back roads to the Mission Bridge and then to Stave lake road where we rode some roads we have never been on, getting back onto Hwy 7 and on to Harrison for the 2nd stop and stretch break. Across the Agassiz bridge. Lunch at a new restaurant named The Angry Chef. it was a 50's style place and served a number of different burgers and other stuff. More roads around Chilliwack and the to Cultas Lake. On the way home we had to stop for Ice cream at Birchwood Dairy on Fadden road in Abottsford. The headed home via Vye road.
|From March 23, 2014 Fraser Valley Loop|
February 9, 2014 Pre-ride season 4th Annual Brunch
This is the second event this year, the first being a breakfast at Ricky's in January. Brunch today at Newlands was very well attended by members as well as past members. This was an opportunity for everyone to catch up with some of the people we haven't seen since last years brunch. The food selection is unbelievable and very good. Most everyone had a chance and had a lot of laughs.
|2014 Brunch February 9, 2014|
2013 PAST RIDES AND EVENTS
December 7, 2013 Christmas dinner and gift exchange
This must be at least the 10th year we held the Christmas dinner at ABC White Rock Ken is the chairman for this years Christmas dinner committe and he and the committee did a great job again. Winner of the Tacky wrapping contest was Gord. The dinner was a buffet turkey and roast beef. Excellent as usual Hugo and the crew there are the best.After dinner, the always fun gift exchange, then 50/50 draw was won by Mary Ann. I think everyone had a good time and a chance to visit with good people.
|LRRMC Christmas Party|
October 20, Fraser Valley Toy Run, lunch & short ride
Light fog and a warm 10 degrees as ten bike gather at McDonalds for the 27th Fraser Valley toy Run. First breakfast at Ricky's then over the Golder Ears bridge to Hwy 7. The starting point for the Toy Run is Mission Liquidation world.
Approximately 800 bikes participated in the ride. The oldest rider was 85, the youngest 20. After a donation, then coffee and muffin five of us went for a ride and lunch. Lunch at the Dewdney Schnitzelhaus. The ride through Agassiz and Chilliwack the home all without the freeway.
|October 20, 2013 Fraser Valley Toy Run|
October 13, 2013 Inch Creek, Weaver Creek Columbia Valley 269 km
The day starts out cool (3 degrees) and some fog as we gather at McDonalds for this ride. Seven bikes start out and after breakfast it soon begun to warm up. The high this day was 15 degrees, which made it very nice in the sun, any parked bike today missed a great riding day for sure. Fall colours were displayed on the trees along the route. Stopped at Inch creek hatchery and then indirectly we made it to Weaver creek. Making use of many off the beaten track roads we headed to the Chilliwack Aiport for lunch or pie. Fuel stop then home via Majuba hill. This thanksgiving weekend ride we were all very thankfull we could enjoy such a great ride this late in the year.
October 6, 2013 Vancouver Toy Run and local Mountains 281 km
This Sunday is an amazing sunny warm day for this time of the year. eight bikes showed at McDonalds. First stop of course is breakfast @ Ricky's. here we joined up with some more roadriders and headed acrosse Golden Ears bridge to Highway 7 to Coquitlam mall where the Toy Run starts from. After delivering donations to the Toy Run we explored three mountains. Seymour, Grouse and Cypress. Stopped for lunch at A&W on Mt Seymour Rd. after the trip up Mt. Seymour. Coffee in Britannia Beach before heading home on Hwy 1.
|October 6, 2013 Van. Toy Run|
Sept. 15, 2013 Duffy Lake Loop 590 km
Five bikes (three Syders & two two wheelers) only showed for this ride, the weather was very foggy, but warm. By the time we reached Hope the sun was out and all the jacket liners came out. Continue on Hwy one to just past Boston Bar where we needed a pie stop at the Alpine Canyon Restaurant. After the pie break off to Lytton, then Hwy 12 to Lilleot,then Hwy 99 to Pemberton. Between Pemberton and Whistler the sky got very dark and we could see lightening in the distance towards where we were heading. We stopped and suited up in the rain gear. (better to do this before you get wet) This was no surprize to us because the prediction was for thunder showers this afternoon. However we only got a a few scattered drops of rain. About five km before I got home it did rain fairly hard, but I remained dry.
|2013-09-16 Duffy Lake Loop|
Sept. 8, 2013 Boston Bar-Merrit 552km
Eight bikes started this ride and as usual breakfast at Ricky's was the first stop Across Golden Ears and along Hwy 7 to Hope. Traveling up the beautiful Fraser Canyon as far as Spenses Bridge to the turn to Hwy 8. Hwy 8 to Merrit and then Hwy 5 to Hope and home.
|September 9, 2013 Boston Bar|
Sept.1, 2013 Fraser Valley loop 269km
Ten bikes on this sunny and warm September morning started out on this Sunday in the long weekend. Breakfast at Ricky's and then all side roads to Chiliwack including Majuba hill. The Columbia Valley and off to Harrison for lunch. Home on side roads and then Hwy 7 to Mission bridge.
|Sept. 1, 2013 Fr Valley Loop|
August 25 Mt. Baker 226 km and Barbecue
Eight bikes did the Mt. Baker ride in sunshine and were able to go right to the top. Home in time for the barbecue. Pictures tell the story.
|August 25, 2013 Barbecue|
August 18, 2013 Hope-Ashcroft-Logan Lake-Merritt-Princeton 750 km
As we gathered at McDonalds it was a cloudy but warm morning. No breakfast stop this trip because the planned route was 640 km. Seven bike were eager to go and the first stop was Tim Hortons in Hope for coffee. The just incase rain suits were shedded in Hope. Hope-Ashcroft-Logan Lake-Merritt-Princeton-Hope and home. We were home in time for supper. Princeton was not in the plan.
|August 19, 2013 Logan Lake|
August 11, 2013 Ice caves 460 km
When we met at McDonalds it raining lightly, but everyone there were optimistic and still wanted to ride. We crossed the border at Peace Arch and went to Big Als in Blaine for breakfast as planned. Here we met three more and enjoyed a good breakfast.Finding some new roads we rode by Whatcom Falls park, Sudden Valley, Big Lake. We left Hwy 9 and again found some back roads before returning to Hwy 9.*4th St. to Granite Falls and on to the Ice Caves. It is a one mile hike and an increase in altitude of 200 feet to get to the ice fields. Once back at the parking lot we headed back to Granite Falls for a late lunch. Stilll almost 200 km from home we headed for I-5 to get home by 6:00pm
|2013-08-11 Ice Caves|
August 3-4-5 2013 Three day ride Cascade Loop Approximately 1600 km
Five bikes at at Hilltop Restaraunt to start this first day of the ride. Cloudy but warm as we started south, but soon the sun broke through and it was a beautiful day.
Day 1 (512km)
started at Hilltop Restaurant (leave restaurant at 8:00am to catch ferry)
ferry from Coupeville to Port Townsend Aug 3),South along the Hood Canal,over Astoria-Meagler Bridge
East along Columbia River to Kelso, overnight at Kelso-Longview Super 8 dinner @ Red Lobster
Day 2 (562km)
South towards Portland, East along Columbia River Gorge via the Historic Highway, back into Washington at Maryhill, North to Yakima canyon, overnight at Wenatchee Super 8. the day was sunny and warm great roads
Day 3 (546km)
North towards Chelan and Winthrop, second breakfast, Highway 20 thru North Cascades to Hwy 9, North at Sedro
Woolley to East Badger and home. Another perfect day
|Aug 3-4-5 Cascade Loop|
August 4, 2013 4 Mountains ride 400 km
4 members met at McDonalds another joined us for breakfast.
5 members left for the ride,
Had lunch in Squamish at the pub… beautiful day, but foggy at the top of the mountains. Lots of mosquitoes at the top of the mountains as well making us feel unwelcome and we left quicker than planned.
|Aug. 4-13 4 Mountains|
Today once again we had two rides One to Squamish and one to Washinton
1. July 28 2013 Exploring Whatcom & Skagit County 365 km
As usual we started from McDonalds and headed to Hilltop for breakfast and to meet the rest of the group. Now about eight bikes we headed out to explore Whatcom and Skagit Counties. This was a pre-planned ride by our last year ride coordinator. What a beautiful route, Must be some of the best motorcycle roads in Washington. Through Whatcom county into Skagit county and back into Whatcom county. We included Chuckanut Drive and Birchbay. The weather was absolutely perfect all day long. We had stopped for lunch at Big Lake Diner where they served us a very good lunch and it was quick as well.
2. Breakfast in Squamish
|July 28-13 Squamish|
July 21 2013 Merritt/Princeton 465 km
Ten Bikes stated from Mcd and headed to the Mission Bridge, the first stop is for breakfast at Dewdney Schnitzulhaus. We had a very good breakfast and the price was good. Two more members joined us there. Now heading North on Hwy 7 to Hope where we stopped for gas. Up Hwy 5 to Coldwater road to Merritt. Another gas stop and streach those legs. Hwy 97c to Princeton. Now time to eat again so we went to Billys Restaurant for lunch. Hwy 3 to Manning Park Lodge for a break. Onward to Hope for the triditional ice cream break before doing the last leg on Hwy 1 to home.
July 14, 2013 Today we had 2 rides 1. scheduled ride to Langley Wa. and another ride 2. that stayed in Canada
1. Langley, Whidbey Island WA. 676 km
I can never figure out how it is that when we design the ride on the computer it says it is 625 km and when we actually do the ride it comes out to 676 km. This ride started from Mcd as usual withthree bikes and crossed the border at Hwy 15. We headed directly to Mo & Joes Hilltop Restaurant for breakfast and to join up with the rest of the group. The weather was sunny and tempatures all day in the middle 20s, just right for riding. I hope we travelled some new roads today or else my memory is fading, because I don't remember seeing all I saw today. Lunch In Langley and Ice cream in Coupesville. went and came back on Chuckanut drive.
2. Manning Park/ Hope I have no details until some one writes them
July 7, 2013 Marble Canyon 662 km
This morning it is a sunny day and looks like a good day for a ride. Seven bikes gathered at Mcd for this ride up the Frasr canyon to Cache Creek. At the first stop in Hope another bike (Spyder) joined us. This was bring your picnic lunch ride so we stopped as pre arranged at Hat Creek Ranch for our packed lunch. A stop in Boston bar for Ice cream was a very welcome event. The tempature near Lytton was 36 degrees. As we got north of Boston Bar the tempature dropped to a comfortable level of about 28 degrees. Hwy 12 from Lilleoot to Lyton is a beautful ride but is very bumpy.
June 29-July 1 3 day ride Okanogan/Caribou 1600 km
For this ride we met at Ricky's in Chilliwack where some had breakfast before leaving at 8:00 am. `Eight bikes headed out on Hwy 1 to Hope and the Hwy 3 to Princeton. Heading towards Merritt on 5A , then onto Hwy 97C to West Kelowna. Of course we were going on the westside road. Firsy night in Kamloops. Next morning Head out on Hwy 1 to the Okanogan Hwy to Hwy 24. We rode Likely and returned to 100 Mile house where we`Stayed the second night. Monday Home through Duffy Lake.
June 30, 2013 Fraser Canyon/Merritt
The ride started out with 4 bikes and 5 people: Larry, Rose, Graham, Patrick O'brien and Richard, by the time they reached Agassiz, 2 had dropped out: Patrick and Richard, leaving two bikes to soldier on. By noon the group had reached Boston Bar and settled in for lunch at the Canyon Alpine restaurant. There, reinforcement had arrived as Pat rode up on his trusty Victory.
After lunch, the group of four set out in 33 degree weather.Highway 1 was almost empty and the view was breathtaking. By Spence's Bridge, the thermometer was at 36 and it stayed that way for the rest of the day. Route 8 was also vacant and we glided the twisty 65 kms to Merritt in 45 minutes.
At Merritt, the Dairy Queen provided some cool treats and after about 30 minutes, we cruised down the Coq. to home.
June 23, 2013 Camano Island 360 km
The day started sunny and warmer then the previous days, but it soon clouded over with threaats of rain or showers. This did not dampen the spirits of the group of eight bikes. Breakfast at Hilltop and then on our way led by a spyder. Three Spyders on this ride through Chuckanut and to Camano Island. Lunch at Bike Lake Bar & Grill in Mt Vernon. Almost everyone that stayed for lunch had Halibit and chips and it was very good. Then home on Hwy 9 to Sumas.
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June 16, 2013 Miricle Valley 230km
This ride was planned as a short ride because it is father's day and most peole want to get home for family gatherings. First stop was Ricky's for breakfast. fourteen bikes left Ricky's and headed over the Golden ears bridge to Hwy 7. Then many different senic and twisty back roads through farm land, mountains, valleys, islands, over rivers, dams and native land. Lunch was at the Wilcat Grill.
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June 9, 2013 Osprey Lake approx 650 km
Started from McDonalds, went to Rickys for breakfast, sky was cloudy, forecast was for no rain. Tweleve bikesstarted ont over the Golden Ears bridge and along Hwy 7 to Hope. Fill up and onto Hwy 3 and now the sun is shinning on the way to Princeton, It was a good road and scenic drive to Osprey lake and then back to Princeton for lunch at Billy's. With full stomachs we are off to Merritt and then Hwy 5 to Hope for ice cream before starting the last leg home on Hwy 1.
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June 2, 2013 Coupville Wa. 350 km
The morning was sunny as we gathered at McDonalds for this Sunday ride. But befdire we reached the Hilltop Restaurant for breakfast it was clouded over. The six bikes that started from Langley and the 6 bikes which started from Hilltop weren't deterred by the clouds. Shortly after the sun broke through and soon we didn't even remember it was cloudy. Lunch in Coupville and then more interesting and new roads on the way home.
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May 19, 2013 5 Lakes Ride
Ride started from McDonalds with first stop at Ricky's for breakfast. Eleven bikes took part in this ride. The ride was around the Fraser Valley stopping at a number of lakes Including Harrison where the lunch stop was at the Settlers pub.
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May 18-19-20 Grand Coulee
On Saturday, May 18, 2013 we left for what has become an annual ride to Grand Coulee, WA.
While there were 4 riders on 4 bikes we were riding on 10 wheels (2 Spyders).
This year we stayed in Canada for the first day riding east to our motel in Osoyoos, BC, but as that was such a short ride we lengthened it by touring north of Keremeos and Osoyoos up to Apex Mountain. Despite all of us having the route programmed into our GPS's we did get split up during this section of the ride, but we reconnected at the end of the day at the motel.
Since Sunday's ride was also a relatively short one we went back up north to fully complete the day's previous ride as those of us that did ride it found it to be rather memorable. We were also lucky enough to be sitting along the side of the road when an antique car rally came rumbling by. It was quite a sight. We have stumbled across antique car show and shine's on previous rides, but not the rolling show we got treated to that morning. After this we headed south to the border.
One of the reasons to stay in Canada for the first day was to be able to cross the border at a different crossing than the very busy lower mainland crossings, which for the most part worked well. After arriving in Oroville, WA we looped around on the west side of US97 before heading east to US395, then south to Inchelium and west to WA21 then west on Manilla Creek Road towards Grand Coulee. Bridge Creek Rd approaching WA21 was spectacular.
We stayed at the Grand Coulee Center Lodge again, next door to Flo's Cafe. Even though the motel has a complimentary breakfast we tend to gather at Flo's for her breakfasts.
On Monday (which was not a holiday in the US) we headed south along Banks Lake towards Soap Lake stopping briefly at Dry Falls. It was the curves of the Yakima Canyon that called next then on to US12 then along the East side of Mt. Rainier to Enumclaw. While riding through Enumclaw wouldn't you know it, but we found a Pie Goddess. Pie and ice cream were had for $5.00! Then we continued north avoiding I5 as far as Arlington before giving in to the clock and riding that multi-laned concrete behemoth to the border.
I now have a route that is 164 miles of back country roads that remain east of the Seattle metropolis avoiding about 85 Interstate miles. The back country route takes an extra hour to do (2+40 versus 1+40), but of the half a dozen times that I have used it I have not had any traffic problems either.
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May 12, 2013 Around the Valley
This morning is cloudy was cloudy, but warm and believe it or not bikes showed up for the ride around the valley. Breakfast at Ricky's. Now raining the dedicated to ride group decided to ride in the now rain.Back roads to mission , then Mission backroads to Sylvester road. At times it raind fairly heavy to light. but the ride was good anyway.
May 5, 2013 DarringtonArlington loop 370km
Four bikes met at Mcd with warm temps and a sunny sky and headed for The Hilltop Restaurant on Guide Meridian where we met with five more. Travelling Baker Lake road, Misquito Lake road, Sakgit Hwy and many others, some new ones as well. Border line ups were great for Nexus, and not too bad for the other lanes. Good ride and a good day.
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April 27, 2013 Tsawwassen Swapmeet then Squamish for lunch 280km
Seven bikes met at Mcd for this ride on a cool, but sunny morning First stopping at the regular breakfast stop and then off the beaten path to The swapmeet. About an hour looking at the bikes wa enough for this bunch of I'd rather ride then look group. On the way it did get cloudy but no rain for the whole trip. Lunch at Shady Tree and home.
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April 21, 2013 LaConner Tulip ride 244 km
This morning is was raining lightly and most likely discouraged some from doing this ride today. However some Roadriders couldn't stand to be house bound and came for a ride. Breakfast at Big Al's Restaurant in Blaine was the first stop for those who started from MCD where the rest of the brave were joined. Cool tempertures in the morning didn't stop them either. Riding on roads close to the ocean heading south was a change in scenery and goood roads. Chuckanut Drive as usual was great and we missed the large deer that crossed infront of the lead bike. I guess the rain kept the crowds small in the area of the tulips because they were smaller then usual. We snapped a couple of tulip pictures and stopped for lunch before getting on our way. By now the rain had stopped and some roads were dry. Avoiding the highway we rode to Sumas for the traditional ice cream stop before heading across the border and home.
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April 14, 2013 Marbemount for lunch 371 km
We started from McDonalds as always in cool tempatures and the plan was to meet others at Big Al's restaurant in Blaine for breakfast. This would give the ones without a Nexus card a chance to get through the boder earlier. But as it happened all that went on the ride had Nexus cards and met at Mcd. After breakfast we headed on Peace Portal way and worked our way to Chuckanut drive. Travelling on some roads we haven't done before we got to Marblemount without any Hwy 20. Hand lunch at Mondos, first time we have been here. The special was a double patty burger and it was very good. We had lots of sun, couple of short showers, one hail shower, got warm in the afternoon. It was a good ride.
April 7, 2013 Bridal Falls/Othello Tunnels
Raining this morning so only three bikes showed at McDonalds. We left at 8:00 am precisely and headed for Ricky's for breakfast. Breakfast done and raining even harder then before, so we decided to head home and leave this ride for a better day.
March 31, 2013 Horse Shoe Bay/Brackendale for lunch 248 km
We met at McDonalds as usual the went to Ricky's for breakfast. Now ten bikes, we head for the Golden Ears bridge on our way to Horse Shoe Bay. Followed Hwy 7 west until we got onto Hwy 1. After getting off the Iron Workers Memorial bridge we travelled on Dllerton Hwy and Marine drive. First stop is the main street in Horse Shoe Bay. The weather was warm and sunny, an excelllent day for riding. After a short break we saddled up and headed for Squamish. After riding some of the back roads of Squamish we headed for The Red Bench Diner in Brackendale for lunch. Fuel stop back in Squamish and head home Onre way home we were stopped by the police for a Motorcycle licence check. All was good and we were on our way. This was a short ride so we could be home early for Easter dinner.
|March 31, 2013|
March 24, 2013 First scheduled Sunday ride for the 2013 season
Eight bikes met @ McDonalds on this close to freezing morning under cloudy skies for this 280 km ride of the Fraser Valley. As is the aquired protocol we first stopped at Ricky's for breakfast. One more bike joined us as we left Ricky's headed for Fort Langley. The tempature was about 3 degrees. Through Fort Langley and then heaing south to 8th Ave. Of course if we are near Majuba hill we have to do it. Cultus lake and the Colubia Valley ride was also in the plan. Now time for a Tim Horton moment and get warm. Northward and through Rosedale to Harrison for lunch. By now it is starting to get warmer to the point you can turn off some of the electric warmers. On the way home on the north sifde of the Fraser we took a few backroad rides before crossing over the Mission bridge. Off the beaten path to 264 street and home. Even though it was chilly in the morning it was well getting out of bed for the first LRR ride of the year.
|March 24, 2013 Fraser Valley|
February 10, 2013
This the second event of the year, we had a less formal event early January, it was a breakfast at Ricky's.
This 2nd anual Brunch which included past LRRMC members. Held at Newlands Golf and Country Club we had a great brunch which included beverages like tea, coffee, juice as well as the masive selection of food including deserts. It was wonderful to visit with members and previous members while this gives us all a chance to see how everyone is doing.
|Feb.10, 2013 Newlands Brunch|
2012 PAST RIDES AND EVENTS
Dec.1, 2012 Christmas Party
This year again we enjoyed an excellent dinner and gift exchange at the ABC Country Restaurant White Rock. Ken was the chairperson for this year's annual event and he decided to do some things different and fun this year. All participants were asked to bring a gift in tacky wrapping and then they were entered into a contest in which the winner's table would get to eat first and the winner also got to pick his or her choice of all the gifts after they were opened. The winning parcel was chosen by Hugo the restaurant manager. Lorraine brought some printed Christmas Carols which the group sang before the gift opening. The winner of the tacky gift wrapping was Ken. The winner of the contest for paying early for their dinner ticket was Tom Dunham a long time member. The last thing before heading home was a picture on the steps to the banquet room.
|December 1, 2012 Christmas dinner|
|December 1, 2012 Ken's xmas|
Oct. 14, 2012 Fraser Valley Toy Run
The weather report was for lots of rain and wind today but we still met at MacDonalds as usual, then rode to Ricky's for breakfast. Hwy 1 was the choice route because we only had 3/4 hour befor the parade started in Mission. There were a few gusts of wind, but we didn't have any trouble on the Hwy. Didn't seee many bikes on the road this wet and windy morning. It was 14 degrees, so it was warm. When we approached the starting point we could see the crowd was less then a third of the normal turnout. There were no RCMP to escort or block intersections because of a accident some where in Mission. The 115 bikes, led by Santa did follow the regular route and we arrived at the Abbotsford exibition center as usual. After making our donation and having a coffe and cookies 1/2 of us left to go the the Motorsport show at the Tradex. I didn't think it was worth the $8 senior rate plus $5 parking.
|October 14, 2012 Fr Va Toy Run|
Oct.7, 2012 Vancouver Toy Run
We started from McDonalds, rode to Ricky's for breakfast where we met up with some more bikes and riders. Then left Ricky's with a belly full of Bacon and eggs we travled over the Golden Ears Bridge on route to Coquitlam Center, the starting point of the 33th annual Vancouver Toy Run. Along the route many more bikes joined us. We were about 21 or 22 bikes by the time we reached the start point. 10:00 am the bikes poured onto the road 2 x 2 all the way to the P.N.E. Grounds. The line up was long to enter the building where we delivered gifts or cash for the children. We regrouped back at the pre-arainged spot in the parking lot so we could contine with a ride into the mountains. After returning from Mt Seymour we rode to Horseshoe Bay for lunch. Some of the group had to leave and head home for he traditional turkey dinner with family and friends. Others had time to ride to Squanish before they had to be home for dinner.
|Oct.7, 2012 Van Toy Run|
September 30, 2012 Winthrop
This is a long ride approximately 580 km and eight hrs. of riding time so there is no stop for breakfast. We started from McDonalds as always and crossed the border at Aldergrove/Lynden, then met up with a couple more at the dairy on Guide Meridian. Travelled by Whatcom Lake, Baker Lake and onward to Winthrop. We had lunch at Carlos Mexican restaurant there and it was very good and large portins. After lunch one of the bikes would not start. We push started it an away went. Most bikes refueled because the the next gas stop is 74 miles away. The next stop was at the Diablo dam overlook. Once again the same bike would not start. This time we unpluged the head light to conserve power, push started it and awy we went. we were able to get the bike home. on the way down and on the way home the border line ups were not too long. The weather was sunny all day cool in the mountains, hot in Winthrop 27 C degrees
September 23, 2012 Oyster Run
Light clouds in the sky, but the forecast is for it to clear and be sunny today. Six bikes stared from MCDonalds. The border line up at Aldergrove/Lynden was not to bad and the guards directed us into the empty truck lanes whch helped us get through faster. At Hilltop rtestaurant where we stopped for breakfast we met up with tow more bikes and riders. Along the always great Chuckanut drive to Anacortes where we parked and walked among the many bikes and people. The sun did come out and soon the leather was being shed by everyone as the day warmed up. Once we all regatered at the parked bikes we headed home on some new backroads and then to Hwy nine.
|September 23, 2012 Oyster 2012|
|Oyster Run WS Sept.23-12|
September 16, 2012 Duffy Lake
Twelve bikes were waiting for 8:00 am so they could ride this ride today. The weather was absolutely perfect for this 600 km ride through some very scenic country. Hwy 1 to 99. Breakfast in a restaurant in Squamish that we had never been to before, but we will again.
September 9, 2012 Mt Baker & Barbecue
Cloudy skies did not deter eight bikes from meeting at McDonalds for a ride into the U.S.A. for the planned trip to Mt. Baker. Breakfast stop at Hilltop Restaurant in Bellingham is where we met up with our ride leader. Taking some side roads we reached the start of the road to Mt. Baker, but the road was closed for a bicycle race. Our leader was not stumped by this and quickly decided to do some other roads instead. So we backtracked a ways and took the Silver Lake road, then over to Mosquito Lake road. This delivered us out onto Hwy 9. So the next road would be Park Road to Lake Whatcom road and some how coming out onto Chuckanut Drive. Down and back on Chuckanut. By now it was time to head back for the barbecue @ Willard and Trish's place.
The Annual barbecue was held later this year then normal, but it was just as good. Trish had made home made burger patties and they were good. Contributing to the excellent patties was Willard's expertise at barbecuing them. Included in the offerings were beef burgers,veggie burgers, smokies and for the first time turkey burgers. They seemed to be a good addition because most of them were consumed. And of course there was a selection of salads, chips and other nibblies. To top off the meal was apple pie and ice-cream. How could it have been any better. The weather was warmish and cloudy. It spit a couple of drops, but the rain gods smiled on Langley Roadriders and the rain held off.
Thanks again Trish and Willard for hosting a great barbecue .
|September 9, 2012 Mt. Baker & Barbecue|
September 2, 2012 Fraser Valley
|September 2, 2012 Fraser Valley|
August 19, 2012 Boston Bar
This ride was not the scheduled ride, but the group agreed to do this ride to Boston Bar instead.
Three bikes and five people left McDonalds under cloudy skys and tempature around 18c.
Rode the back roads to Mission and had breakfast at the Dudney Bar Pub as the Firehouse Restaurant was closed for renovations.The owner of the pub told us at the Firehouse Restaurant that he own's the Dewdney Bar Pub and they serve breakfast at 9:00 am. He said if the food is not good you do not have to pay forit. Doug the owner was right the food was excellant and the prices were good.
We left the Dewdney Bar Pub and stopped at the rest area near Agassiz. Rode from there to Boston Bar, the weather was very hot around 34 c.We have lunch at the Alpine Valley Restaurant. The food & pie was very good. Left Boston Bar and headed to our next stop which was for gas at the Emmory General Store and RV Park.Took a short break because it was hot. Rode from there to the Birchwood Dairy Farm in Abbotsford,for ice cream,it was good.There was a group of old cars there.After a good break we headed home.
Ken broke in his new 2012 Suzuki Scooter.
Thanks to Larry for leading the ride.
|From August 19-12 Boston Bar|
August 12, 2012 Pemberton, BC
The sun is shining this morning as we gather at McDonalds to ride a ride very similar to last weeks ride. Only this time we are going to Pemberton and not taking the side trips up the mountains. When we left Ricky's after breakfast we were twelve bikes. Along Highway 1 we met up with another Roadrider. A stop at Britannia and then another at Brandywine Falls where we walked a short distance into the falls. Next we head straight to Pemberton where we will have lunch. The Pony Expreso was the place chosen by our leader and the food was good. Not your average type of eatery, but good. Paul it may not be your idea of a lunch stop.
|August 12, 2012 Pemberton|
August 4,5,6 Grand Coulee
The club did a 3 day ride over the August 2012 long weekend to Central Washington. This year we stayed in Grand Coulee at the Grand Coulee Center Lodge both nights and used it as our base, a little different as we have tended to only stay there for one of the nights in the past. The weather was extremely hot. We saw temperatures into the 100's each day.
On Saturday we rode to Winthrop, then down to Lake Chelan, intending to ride a dead-end road along the south side of the lake, but as it was so hot we shortened the ride by the hour it would have taken to do so. Next we headed down to Ephrata and the up to Grand Coulee. Personally I just love this area and that's why I started volunteering to do this ride a few years back, and return here as often as I can throughout the riding season.
On Sunday we decided that due to the high tempuratures we would ride a shortened version of the circle tour North West of Grand Coulee that I had designed. We were on so many back roads that most of the time today and some of yesterdays riding that we rode many a mile without seeing anyone else.
Monday we rode back along Banks lake and down to Soap Lake / Ephrata to Ellensburg just so we could ride the Yakima Canyon. In my humble opinion it's always worth going out of your way to ride this scenic and twisty road. We rode that bad boy down and back up, then on to Leavenworth (for a Bratwurst lunch of course). After lunch we took a side trip over to Lake Wenatchee to see more back roads before joining Hwy 2 to Gold Bar. After an ice cream break in Gold Bar (did I mention that it was quite hot while we were riding) we left the often traveled Hwy 2 and took the back roads alongside Lake Roesiger and Granite Falls towards Arlington and carried on North on Hwy 9 to Sedro Woolley. It finally started cooling down, especially along those tree lined back roads east of Hwy 9. By now it was down to just Wayne & I so we decided to go to Edison and have an oyster burger before heading across the border.
August 5, 2012 Four Mountains ride
Five bikes met at McDonalds and another joined us at breakfast. These are the ones that aren't on the tree day ride to Grand Couleee. This 400 km ride included a ride to the top of Mt Seymour, back to Hwy1 and then to Grouse Mountain, back to the Hwy then up Cypress Mountain with a stop at the Cleveland dam and a view of the Capalino river. Now we want to eat again so we head off to Squamish for lunch at the Shady Tree Pub. Last leg of the trip before heading home was to the Whistler Olympic Park in the Callaghan Valley. This was a beautful day with a high of 32 degrees.
|August 5, 2012 4 Mountains|
July 29, 2012 Miricle Valley, Hope, Chilliwack and some other places
Started from McDonalds, then to Ricky's for breakfast the ten bikes heaaded across the Golden Ears bridge to find Miricle Valley. This is a 386 km ride that has some awesome roads and is not far from home. After riding on the roads to, through anfd from Miricle Valley we went to the Home Restaraunt in Hope for lunch. Hwy 7 back to Aggazia to Hwy 9 and finding all the non-Hwy roads to get us to Laidlaw. We did take some stops to strecth and drink water. The weather was sunny and warm the whole day, between 22 and 24. About perfect for riding. Some more different roads before riding the Majuba hill on the way home via Vye road.
|July 29, 2012|
Tuesday July 24, 2012 6 Airports & a Beacon
This was a different Tuesday evening ride because it had a destination other then the traditional coffee stop. The ride led us to six different air fields in this general area. Some of these were private airstrips, some public. We started with Langley Airport. The ride was only 76 km long, but we never finished the whole ride because we spent too much time at the very interesting main attraction, which by the way is not mentioned in the name of the ride. It is the ride leaders friends place where he has many electric model airplanes. He also has a "G" gauge model railway that runs all around the property. Then we toured his collection of hot rods. This man has a great amout of toys. The Lady of this wonderful place had her own talents on disply, they are jewlery she makes herself. So we never got to ride the entire planned ride and see the rest of the airports. So this coming Tuesday we will ride it again without the stop. Very intersting place.
July 22, 2012 Mission-Hope-Princeton-Keremeos
When we left McDonalds parking lot it was cloudy as we travelled to Ricky's for breakfast. Crossed over the river on the Golden Ears bridge to travel Hwy seven to Hope. Top up the tanks on the smaller bikes and the on our way to Princeton. Here one fellow turned back to go home. The rest contined on along the Old Headly road towards Keremeos. Had lunch, picked up some fruit and headed home back on Hwy 3 to Hopeth. At the sumit we had to put on the rain gear. Good thing we did because we ran into a thunder storm and then showers. From Hope to home on Hwy 1.
July 15, 2012 Langley BC to Langley WA.
Starting from McDonalds and crossing into Lynden from Aldergrove we stopped at The Rusty Wagon for breakfast. Weather was cloudy and cool for the middle of July. With a good breakfast in our bellys we headed to Chuckanut drive. From there we certainly didn't take the most direct route. Traveling on many new roads we traveled through Deception pass to Whidby Island. We rode down the west side of through Smugglers cove, over to Langley and back on the eastern side. Total ride approximately 425 KM. Some light showers along the way, some sun on the way home.
July 8, 2012 Ride to Marble Canyon
Ride started on time from McDonalds and headed to Hwy one where we to meet up with our ride leader for this 680 km ride. The skies were sunny and the weather was summer riding jacket warm. Now nine bikes we headed up Hwy 1 with one rest stop before stopping in Lytton for gas. Next Hungry Herbys in Cache Creek for lunch. One of the benefits of riding in a group proved it's self on this ride once again as one persons bike wouldn't start. With a little push it fired up and we were on our way. Heading North now on Hwy 99 the temperature was now in the low thirties. About half way to Lytton we stopped to re-hidrate and ice cream at Fountain Flat Trading Post on Hwy 99 14 km north of Lillooet. Temperature now 34 on our way back to Lytton. Temperature in Lytton was 40 degrees. The same bike had to be jump started each stop and he made it home safely. Once we got to Boston Bar we just had to stop for more water and a rootbeer float. The route home took us on Hwy 7 from Hope to Aggazia and the back onto Hwy 1 to home. This was a very enjoyable ride at posted speeds and didn't seem too long with the regular stops.
|July 8, 2012 Marble Canyon|
June 30-July1, 2012 3 Day Ride to the Kootenays
At 7:30 am June 30, seven bikes met under cloudy skies to ride this 1600 plus km ride. The rain didn't discourage the eargerness of the group. First stop was Chilliwack Ricky's for breakfast and meet up with another rider. 1st day we had a little sune and lots of showers throughout the day. Vernon was the first night stop over @ the Schell Motel. (very nice place). Sunday (Canada Day) breakfast at Denny's to start off. Sunny in the morning, but as the day went on we say some showers as well. Second night we stayed at the Sandman in Castlegar. Third day home on Hwy 3.
|June 30-July2 Kootenay|
June 24, 2012 Marblemount for Lunch
Three bikes met at McDonalds for this 380 km ride to Marblemouunt for lunch. Three more Roadriders met us at Big Al's in Blaine where we stopped as planned for breakfast. We don't usually cross the border at Blaine because of the border lineups. By using this border crossing it opened up more roads that we normally travel on. AThe preplanned route showed us some very good roads on our way to the destiation. The weather started out with some very light cloud, and there was some foggy spots along the way. Marblemont Diner was the lunch stop. Staying off Hwy 20 as much as possible we returned home under sunny skies on the famous Hwy 11 (Chuckanut Drive).
June 17,2012 Squamish
This morning broken clouds were covering the sky, some very dark, but still five bikes met at mcDonalds to start this ride which was scheduled to go to Squamish for lunch. The traditional stop at Ricky's for breakfast was the first thing on the schedule. After breakfast it was plain that rain gear would be the outer part of our outfit today. Still everyone had no doubts about continuing. We reached Squamish by 10:30 so it was to early for lunch as we still had a belly full of breakfast. So at the rest stop in Sqamish there was no disputes when it was suggested we go to Pemberton. We had already travelled through a few fairly heavy showers, but the sun was almost shining at this time. Off we went and yes there were more sessions of rain and some warm sun as well. Now in Pemberton we wanted to try a place for lunch that we hadn't been to before. We found this bakery on Portage Rd. It was very good for desert and coffee. I had a steak pie, I think it was the best I ever had. We headed south to home via Lionsgate bridge and on Hwy 99. It was a good ride and the rain never dampned any spirits. Approximately 420 km return.
June 10, 2012 Sunshine Coast, Egmont for lunch
Seven bikes arrived at McDonalds to ride this 350 km plus ferry ride.On the Hwy west of Vancouver another member joined us. When we arrived at the ferry onramp there were two more Roadriders. When we got off the ferry there was another member waiting for us, however we turned towards Gibsons and he couldn't connect with us. We traveled as much as we could off the main roads and when we were aproaching the last turn to Egmont, Leroy was turning in front of us coming from the oppiste direction. Now eleven bikes and a dozen people for lunch. The day started with dark clouds, but all that came had faith in the weatherman's prediction for sun. By the time we reached Gibsons the sun was out and stayed with us all day. We boarded the 4:50 ferry from Langdale
|June 10 Egmont|
June 3, 2012 Exploring Whatcom County Back roads
We gathered six bikes strong at McDonalds even though the weather was cloudy. Peter and Joan arrived riding a new Spyder RT. We left Mcd and headed for the border at Aldergrove, and to our delight the line up was minimal so it didn't take long to be on our way to the Hilltop for breakfast. When we were ready to leave after a great breakfast it was lightly raining with dark threatening clouds.We agreed to start on the route and re-elvaluate that decision if the rains came. Well they never did come, infact it turned into a beautiful day. ( think it was my doing by putting on my rain gear.) We were once again surprized that there were indeed roads in Whatcom County that we had never ridden. Richard did it again. We were as far south as Lake McMurrphy and as far west as was possible and still be on land. The total distance including return to White Rock was 362 km.
|June 3, 2012 Whatcom County|
May 27, 2012 Princeton Tulameen
Ten bikes gathered at McDonalds under dark clouds for this plannned 574 km ride. First stop was Micheal's Firehouse Grill in Dewdney for breakfast. Here we had another bike join us as well as Patrick O'Brein joined us for breakfast. It was great to see Patrick on his bike, he has had an extended medicl problem. We headed east on Hwy 7, expecting to arravie in Hope. About 35 km east of Mission the road was closed due to an oil spill. So we turned around and over the Mission bridge to Hope. This added about an hour of extra riding which no one complained about. Getting closer to Princeton the sun did appear amd this helped relieve the fear of rain. Once in Princeton the group wanted to head to merrit after we did the Tulameen run. So it shall be, Home Restaraunt for lunch. This along with the detour we had to do extended the trip from a planed 570 km to 695 km.
May 19-21 Hood Canal 3 day ride
Eight bikes with eleven people met at Denny's in Bellingham for breakfast before starting on this 1130 km ride. First day was beautiful, sunny weather all day. We stayed at the Maple Grove Motel in Quilcene the first night. About 350 km. We rode through Discovery Bay, Dungeness Bay, and other places to many to list. On the moring one couple left the group to go shopping, before heading home. Second day we stayed at Quality Inn, in Lacey. Second day we did 350 km in rain all day. Our leader asked if we were still wanting to carry on with the planned route or cut it short becaues of the rain. Everyone wanted to continue even though it was raining and predictions was for it to continue. I believe we all had a great time on great roads that I don't know where our leader, Richard finds them. Third and final day it was raining just like the day before. About 400 km is the route today, in the rain and everyone smiling as if they were sane. We had a very great fun ride with good people, great roads and food. Thanks Richard for a perfect event.
|Hood Canal May 19-21|
May 13, 2012 Othello Tunnels, Bridal falls (Mother's Day)
10 bikes met at McDonalds, two more joined in at Ricky's where we had breakfast before crossing the Golden Ears bridge to Harrison,Hope and Bridal falls.
|May 13, 2012 Othello Tunnels|
May 6, 2012 Darrington-Arlington loop
Five bikes left McDonalds on this sunny morning, before we got far a late arrival joined the group. Hilltop Cafe was the first stop, breakfast, where two more bikes were waiting. Travelling on only back roads. The scenery was great, the weather warm, the roads good. Ride was about 360 km
|May 6, 2012 Arlington-Darrington Loop|
April 29, 2012 Tsawwassen Swapmeet/Squamish
Cloudy skies this morning as ten bikes meet at the usual palce to start this Sunday ride. Ricky's was the first stop for breakfast where we met up with two more bikes. With lots of time before the swapmeet starts we were in no hurry to get to Tsawwassen. However with the recent changes in the roads near the Hwy 1, the GPS was not aware of these and caused us to take a different route then planned. Our leader recognized the problem and promply got us back on the correct route. A one hour stop at the swapmeet was enough for most of us before continuing on to Squamish for lunch. The sun did peak out a couple of times during the day and the rain did stay away.
|Taswwassen/SquamishApril 29, 2012|
April 22, 2012 Tulip festival
The LaConner Tulip Festival ride started out with three bikes leaving MacDonalds under a cloudy sky. I was worried that we might run into rain as we headed South. Breakfast was at the Hilltop Restaurant where we met up with three more LRR members for a total of six bikes. No one was really interested in spending too much time with the 3Tulips4, but I do have pictures proving that we did see them. Shortly after I took these photos a motorcycle cop came along and shook his finger at us for stopping in a 3No Parking” area. We left LaConner in the sunshine and headed south on Fir Island Hwy and Pioneer Hwy to Stanwood where we rode around Camano Island and stopped for lunch. From there we went East to Hwy 9 and headed North to Sedro Wooley, here we rejoined the original gps route around Cain Lake and Whatcom Lake back to Hwy 9. At Acme I decided to loop around Mosquito Lake to add some more twisty sections to the route and then stopped at Deming for an ice cream break. From there we headed North on Hwy 9 to disburse at Badger road. It turned out to be a great day of riding.
|April 22, 2012 Tulip Ride|
April 15, 2012 local lakes ride
Tweleve bikes gathered to take part in the cloudy day to ride. First stop was Ricky's for breakfast, Then a ride throught the valley to visit some of the local lakes. Lunch at the Old Settlers pub in Harrison.
|April 15, 2012 Local Lakes|
April 7&8, 2012 Easter weekend Overnight in Poulsbo Washington
Four bikes and riders took the offer of our ride committe to do an early in the season two day ride. We met at Denny's in Bellingham (was -2 degrees when I left home) early to advoid the border lineups. After breakfast we headed to Chuckanut drive to start off. Then to Coupsville to get on the ferry to Port Townsend. Lunch was at a very unique place called Fat Restaurant in Discovery Bay, The biggest burgers that I have not seen for a long time. We tried to ride the Hurricaine Ridge, but it was still covered in snow. I don't know how Richard finds all these wonderful roads. Spent the night at Poulsbo Inn as planned. Afer the included breakfast he were on the road again. Both days the weather was perfect. Another ferry to Edmonds and then to Marblemount for lunch at the caboose. It was great. Final leg was through Noocksack and home.
|April 7-8, 2012 Easter weekend|
The sun finally came out and it was warm so six bikes with seven people met at Ricky's for a ride in the valley. We travelled back roads on the south side of the river until Mission where we crossed to the North side. Rode many roads here and then decided to head for Hope for lunch. Back home ward on the south side of the river and home along Vye road. it was a good ride.
|March 25, 2012|
Sunday February 12 Brunch @ Newlands
This was a first for LRRMC a brunch with past members invited as a get together. It was a great event and I think enjoyed by all. It was wonderful to see old friends,
The turn out filled the room at Newlands where we all ate till we could burst at the magnificent buffet they offer here.
|February 12, 2012 brunch|
Sunday January 8, 2012 Brunch @ Ricky's
The very first gathering of Roadriders in 2012 was today at Ricky's for a brunch. There was a lot of Happy new year greetings as everyone arrived to see some of there riding buddies and friends.
2011 PAST RIDES AND EVENTS
Saturday December 3, 2011 Christmas Party
The final event of the year is once again our christmas party and it was a great success. This year organized by Rose Panek and committee, the tables were arranged in areas of the room and with white table cloths. Rose used her superb crafting skills to make all the table center pieces that were two on each table. Ken again the MC guided us through the evening. While waiting for our turkey and beef buffet dinner we each collected signatures of all guests and even some other ABC patrons as a get aquainted exercise. The winner of this with the most signatures was Don Prieur . This allowed everyone to meet everyother person who attended. The committee had collected and drew tickets to distribute the many door prizes. 50/50 was won by Al Stessen. Finally the gift exchange which is always fun and sometimes frustrating for some when you win a nice gift and someone steals it.
Sunday October 3, 2011 Inch Creek/Weaver Creek
This ride is the last scheduled ride of the 2011 season. The morning was cool but sun and fog but didn't deter fourteen bikes from showing up. Travelling on some different back roads to reach Mission bridge and then to Dewdney for breakfast at Michaels Fire house Grill. Now the fog has cleared and the temperature warmer, we went to Inch creek to check out the seven foot long Sturgeon. Now on the road again to Weaver creek to see the spawning channels full of salmon. It is a beautil day and no one wants to stop riding, so we find some more new roads, finding ourselves near Cultus lake where we stopped for Lunch at the golf course. The route home wards was on the southern back roads of Chilliwack and Abbotsford to finish the day off, but hopefully we can ride a couple more before the end of the decent weather.
|October 23-11 Weaver creek|
Sunday October 16, 2011 Fraser Valley Toy Run
Fourteen bikes showed up for this very nice October day ride. First thing in the morning it was 2.8 degrees on my thermometer and foggy. The weather forecast was for a mild and sunny day. By the time we finished breakfast at Ricky's it was a little warmer. As we crossed the Golden Ears bridge we rode in heavey fog. In Mission the sun was burning the fog off. This year there were more bikes then I had ever seen here, over 800 it was reported. After the Toy run we left while the annoucing was still going on. Back to Mission under now sunny and warm skies, we stopped in Dewdney for lunch. With full bellies we left for Harrison Hotsprings and then Chilliwack. Fuel stop and home on the southern back roads to complete a very enjoyable late season ride.
|October 16, 2011Valley Toy Run|
Sunday Oct. 9, 2011 Langley BC to Langley Wa.
Three bikes met at McDonalds and after crossing the border at Aldergrove they met up with two more at Denny's for breakfast. Following a similar route as the July 24th ride, ending up in Langley Wa. Traveling on different roads home.
|October 9, 2011 Langley Wa.|
Sunday Oct. 2, 2011 Vancouver Toy Run
The usual gathering of bikes and riders at McDonalds for the Sunday ride under very warm and sunny skies. Today is the 33rd annual Vancouver toy run. There were a huge attendance this year for the Toy run. After breakfast at Ricky's we headed to Coquitlam Center were the run starts from.. After making our donations we headed off to Squamish for lunch. This road as always was an excellent ride. After lunch we returned on the Sea to Sky hwy until Horse Shoe Bay and then travelled the Marine drive to 2nd Narrows bridge and home. A very nice ride for late in the riding season.
|Sunday Oct. 2-11 Vancouver Toy Run|
Sunday September 18, 2011 Ride in the Valley
The scheduled ride today was around the Fraser Valley, some of the roads many of us may not have been on before. However it was raining this morning with predictions of clearer skies in the afternoon. Only two people showed up for the ride, one in a four wheeled vehicle. So to Ricky's for breakfast and home.
Sunday September 11, 2011 Priceton-Merritt loop
Sunny and warm morning when seven bikes met and left for Ricky's for breakfast. One more joined in after breakfast. Back roads to Hwy 11 and then onto Hwy one to Hope. One bike had to return, so now there are seven again. Stop in Princeton for gas, then to Merritt. One more chose to return home on the Hwy five. The rest had lunch at the Home Restaurant in Merritt before heading to Spences Bridge and home through the Fraser Canyon.
|September 11, 2011|
Saturday, Sunday, Monday Sept. 4-5-6
Eight bikes with twelve people did this three day ride to Mt. St. Helens. They stayed two nights in Kelso.
|September 4-5-6, 2011|
Sunday September 4, 2011 Ryder & Chilliwack lakes
Three bike only did this ride No story, Photos only
|September 4,2011 Ryder & Chilliwack lake|
Sunday August 28, 2011 Osprey lake
This was a most unusal ride, we started with five bikes, added one, then at every stop we lost bikes until the leader came home on his own from Princeton . Only five bikes gathered at McDonalds for this ride to Osprey Lake planned to be about 560 km. Travelling on back roads to Hwy 11 and cross the Mission Bridge to the North side of the Fraser river. First stop is for breakfast at Michael's Firehouse Grill in Dewdney. Another Roadrider met up with us here. The breakfast was very good and we will be stopping there again. Stopping in Hope for gas and to say goodbye to one bike that had to return home. Manning park was next, where another one had to leave. The weather was perfect for riding, sunny and warm, traffic was light. Once in Princeton another bike left the group to go to Oliver. Two bikes deciced they would rather go to Merrit and have lunch, while two bikes carried on and rode the next 46 km to Osprey lakeand back. Back in Princeton one bike went to join back up with the two that went to Merrit. The leader after checking the different routes and now on his own decided to head home via Merrit for a total trip of 688 km.
|August 28, 2011 Osprey|
Sunday August 21, 2011 Duffy Lake
Nine bikes met at McDonalds unders slight high clouds, predictions was for Sunny skies. As Planned we rode to Ricky's in Chilliwack for breakfast where we met up with two more. Back on the road, Hwy one Lytton, then on Hwy twelve to Lilleott for lunch and with as pre arranged meet with a couple we had never riden with before. Now twelve bikes to ride towards home on Hwy 99. Roads were good with the exception of a few kilometers of good gravel road near Pemberton. Icecream stop in Pemberton and a fginal rest stop un squamish before heading home on 99 and then Hwy 1. Approx. 600 km total. It was a good relaxed trip with good weather for riding, Sunny most of the way and not too hot.
|Duffy Lake Aug.21-11|
Sunday August 14, 2011 Ride to Manning Park and Barbecue
Twelve bikes showed up for the ride to Manning Park under slightly cloudy skies. The first stop was the usual breakfast @ Ricky's where a few other Roadriders that were not going on the ride joined in for breakfast. Along backroads where possible and avoiding the traffic going to the Abbotsford airshow they had a good ride to the lookout above Manning park lodge. Back home ward and to the barbecue @ Mary Ann and George's place. Although the weather man had predicted showers today it turned out to be a great day for a barbecue. Sunny, but not too hot for the shaded backyard where the 35 or so people gathered to consume the burgers, hot dogs Paul and George barbecued along with salads, fruit and non-alchol drinks. Mary Ann's all home made cookies, cakes served for desert
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Aug.14-11 Manning Park-Barbecue
Sunday Aug.7, 2011 Lunch in Marblemount wa
It appears summer has finally arrived in this part of the word. The sun is shinning and it is ride day for LRRMC. Seven bikes gathered at McDonalds for this 400 km ride into the U.S.A. and back. We have travelled some of these roads many times over the years, but today we discovered some new roads that are motorcycle friendly. Breakfast was at Bob's Burgers in Sumas, lunch was at the Que Car BBQ the old red caboose that has the big smoker/Barbecue in Marblemount.
Three day July 30.31, Aug.1 Grand Coulee/Yakima
Seven bikes,nine people gathered to do this 1600 km ride over three days. Breakfast at Denny's in Fernridge was the first stop and gathering place. The long border line up caused us to leave later then planned, but we still reached our destination for a late suppper. After watching the Grand Coulee dam light show it was back to the room for a good nights rest. Next morning some got up to wash the bikes before meeting for breakfast and a 8:30 departure. Now heading for Yakima via some excellent roads, which is why we signed up for the ride in the first place. We stopped enroute and picked up some stuff for a picnic lunch in at a rest stop. Beautiful weather again today, at times in the mid 90`s. Once again check into the reserved rooms and tonight it is Chinese food for dinner. On the way home next morning we of course rode Destination Highways roads. arriving home by dinner time to complete a wonderful weekend ride with great people to do it with.
|July 30-31 Aug.1 Grand Coulee|
Sunday July 24, 2011 Langley BC to Langley Wa.
This morning is one of the few this year that starts out sunny. Six traditional looking bikes and a machine with two front wheels and one back wheel was @ McDonalds waiting to start this 430 km ride. Yes, Langley Roadriders has it's first member with a Spyder. Back to the ride, First stop was at the Hilltop Cafe in Bellingham for breakfast. Here two more bikes joined us. We followed the route designed by our ride committe and experienced some awesome roads. We took our time with lots of stops along the way enjoying the senery, stopping in Coupeville for lunch. Some of us just had ice cream, some a hot dog from a street vendor, one went shopping, others went for a sit down lunch. Two bikes headed home from here the rest went on to Langley WA. After Langley visit we shortened the planned route a little, but still avoided the freeway driving the famous Chuckanut drive to Bellingham. Weather wise it was most likely the best riding day we have seen this year.
|July 24-11 Langley to Langley|
Sunday July 24, 2011 Alternate Ride in the Valley
This ride was not on the schedule, but Larry and Rose offered to lead a ride to start @ 9:00 am. It must have been a good idea because about seven bikes accepted the offer. The ride was in the Valley with a stop in Harrison Hot Springs. Looks like they had lunch at the Old Settlers Pub.
|Alternate July 24-11 Ride|
Sunday July 17, 2011 Egmont (Sunshine Coast)
Twelve bikes met for this ride to Egmont on the Sunshine Coast. Despite the cloudy skies everyone was ready for this 360 km return trip. Riding straight to the Horseshoe Bay ferry terminal to catch the Queen of Surrey to Langdale. To save time we ate breakfast on the ferry. After docking in Langdale we left the ferry and regrouped in Gibsons. After a short time to allow people to remove some clothing to make up for the warmer tempatures we returned to Hwy 101. A great ride through Sechelt and the the road then develops into more twistys as you get closer to Egmont. We stopped at Backeddy pub and restaurant for lunch. Now with full stomachs we headed back, making some side trips before getting back to the ferry.
|July 17-11 Egmont|
Sunday July 10, 2011 Winthrop
Nine bikes met at McDonalds and ready to leave at 8:00 am sharp for a long ride to Winthrop Washington. Because this was a 640 km ride we had planned a no breakfast stop ride. We crossed the border at Aldergrove/Lynden with almost no wait. One bike decided to do a short ride on their own, three bikes, not wanting to do this long trip turned back before the border. The remaining five bikes headed toward Hwy nine to Hwy 20 and drove the very scenic Hwy through the Cascades. Once in Winthrop we had a great lunch in a Mexican restaurant. Refuel and head home on the same road. The border line up coming home slowed us down for about 3/4 hour. It was a great ride and the weather was perfect.
|July 10-11 Winthrop for lunch|
Friday, Saturday,Sunday July1-2-3 long weekend ride to the Kootenays
July 1st seven bikes met @ Ricky's under sunny skies for this tree day ride to the Kootenays. We headed across the Golden Ears bridge to trvel Hwy 7 to hope. Here we refueld and met up with another Roadrider. Now eight bikes and ten people we travel Hwy three to Princeton, then the Old Headley road. Once in Keremeos it was once time to eat again. Our first two choices of retaurants were closed, however we did find a place to eat. Back on the bikes we headed up the Twin lakes road coming out at Oosoyoos. Then Richard took us on a side thrip through the vineyards which was good to see. Now back on the Crowsnest Hwy through Rock Creek to Grand Forks where we stayed the night. 520 km without much traffic this day,
After breakfast the rain had stopped and we left Grandforks at 8:00am heading northeast on Hwy three to Creston and the up the east side of Kooetnay lake arriving just as the ferry was coming in (what a leader) The 35 minute ferry trip set us on soil at Balfour. Now on the west side of the Kootenay lake we travel north to Kaslo. We stayed the night at Nakusp @ the Kuskanax Lodge. Very nice. 442m today
We woke up to rain this morning (and clean windshilds, thanks Richard). After breakfast at the hotel we left @ 8:00 am. We followed Hwy 6 over the Fauquier- Balfour ferry (where once again the leader got us there just as the ferry was approaching the landing) on toVernon with a little detour onto Creighton Valley road with about 25 km of packed gravel. We didn't know it was gravel as it started out paved. Then down the West side road to West Bank were we had lunch, some had chinese, some had Subway. Then home on Hwy 97C and the Coquhalla to Hope, icecream stop.
This day was 640km. Everyone said it was a good fun trip.
|JULY 1-3 ,11 KOOTENAY TRIP|
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Sunday July 3 Alternate ride:
Daniel led the ride today and chose to join the Suzuki Owners Club and lead their ride as well. They rode throughSurrey, White Rock, Delta and Richmond arriving at Pajo's in Steveston where they enjoyed a nice lunch under the sun in a cloudless blue sky on the waterfront watching the sailboats. Then led a group of 6 back along Steveston Hwy, up #6 Rd, along Westminster Hwy, over the AF onto Hwy 10, down thru Panorama Ridge down 123A to Mud Bay, along Colebrook to 152. Bev continued down into White Rock .
Sunday June 26-11 Ice Caves
Seven members met at McDonalds on a beautiful sunny morning. At 8 am 1 member decided on a shorter ride to Hope, while the others headed off to the Ice Caves, with a stop at the Hilltop Café for breakfast. Part way to the Ice Caves, one of the members decided to cut the trip short and headed home. Although the ride was great, the Ice Caves were disappointing/non-existent due to too much snow. couple of the photos show the only ice cave (if you can call it that) in sight.
|Ice caves june 26-11|
Sunday June 19-11 In your back yard (Fathers day)
After meeting at McDonalds we left promply at 8:00 am with cloudy skies. breakfast was the first thing which we did in Cloverdale. Next through Delta to New Westminster and Richmond, Vancouver, Stanley park Capilano water shed M.t Seymour (very foggy here)Port Moody, Anmore before stopping in Maple Ridge for lunch at Home Restaurant. Then home through Mission, No rain, cloudy all day
Sunday June 12-11 Arlington-Darrington Loop
Only seven bike arrived at McDonalds for this ride to the US. Sunny skies and a tempature around 20 degrees all day. With only a few light clouds it was a perfect day for riding the roads in the US. We even trvelled roads we haven't before been on. Breakfast was at the Hilltop Cafe south of Lynden. We were delayed about a half hour because of a accident involving two vehicles where emergency crews had the road closed. later one of the bikes picked up a nail in the back tire. Once again the benifit of travelling in a group paid off for the rider of this bike. The tire was plugged with a stop and go repair kit, Once again the tire was air tight and we were on our way. Lunch was in an Anacortes bowling alley. Home along the Chuckanut Drive. we had about an hour wait at the border.
|June 12-11 Darington-Arlington Loop|
Sunday June 5-11 Marble Canyon
Today there is two rides long ride to Marble Canyon loop and a short ride to Abbottsford
Twelve bikes left McDonalds for the longer ride (approx 690 km) under sunny skies. No breakfast stop on this ride, the first stop was the rest area just south of Hope. Fuel stop in Dogwood Valley. Lunch and fuel in Cache creek before heading down Hwy 99. Somewhere around the turnoff to Lilleott it was 32 degrees. Ice cream break in Boston Bar, then Home. Some went home via Hwy one some went home via Hwy seven.
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June 5-11 Marble Canyon
Sunday June 5-11 Short ride led by Brian Knoll
A shorter ride of four bikes led by Brian to the Aldergrove area and to visit a display of collector cars @ Granny and Grumpas Antiques, The A&W Classic car drop in and the Birchwood Dairy .
|June 5-11 Short Ride|
Sunday May 29 Ride to Camano Island
The sun was shining and this is an unusal thing this spring. Like flies coming out in the sun, fifteen bikes showed this morning to go on this ride. 8 O'Clock sharp we left McDonalds, sand because it was across the border we took the Hwy 1 to Hwy 13 so we could have breakfast at Bob's Burger and Brew for the buffet breakfast. Because there was no line up at the Abbotsford crossing we were there a half hour before Bob's was open. So back on the bikes, alter the route so we could go to Dennys in Bellingham to eat. Service was very slow so it took a while to get our 18 breakfasts. All done we headed out and it was a great ride and we were riding in the sun. Down Hwy 9 and then back north so we could ride Chuckanut drive. Camano island has great scenic roads, mainly around the island. We travel about 500km return.
|May 29-11 Camano Isl|
Sunday/Monday May 22-23 two day ride to Kamloops
Starting from McDonalds in Langley with cloudy skies this was to be a two day ride for some and a one day ride for those who couldn't get awy for the two days. First stop was in Chilliwack for breakfast and fuel which was a lot cheaper then Langley. Travelling on Hwy # 1 to Hope, then Hwy 3 (Alison pass) to Princeton and then Merritt where we stoped for lunch. travel was with light rain but warm and not much traffic. Along the route we spotted many deer and a black bear. Now on Hwy 5A and arriving in kamloops under sunny skies. Monday morning it was raining as we walked to ABC for breakfast but by the time we got ready to ride the rain had stopped. On the way from Kamloops and headed for Logan lake there were light showers. About the sumit on this road the tempature got to slightly above freezing for a short distance. Continuing along on Hwy 97C we went through Ashcroft, Cache creak and drove the Duffy lake road to Lillooet for lunch. Now under sunny skies we headed to Lytton and home through the beautiful Fraser canyon. Total trip was just under 800 km. Despite the showers it was a good trip and enjoyed by all.
Sunday May 8 Bridal falls/Othello Tunnels
We met as usual and went to Ricky's for breakfast, Then led by Richard on many ack roads north of the freeway before crossing to the south side on more backroads some most of us have never seen. Then some how we were east of Chilliwack and north of the freeway again before arriving at Bridal falls. Now on the highway to Hope to visit the othello tunnels before going for lunch at the Home Restaurant. Being Mother's day we headed home on the north side of the river.
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Sunday May 1, 2011 D'Arcy
Nine bikes with eleven people took advantage of the good weather joining this ride to D,Arcy, BC at the head of Anderson lake
It was cool but full sun when we departed Ricky's in Walnut Grove after a good breakfast. With good rest stops along the way we ended at Pemerton in time for lunch. Lunch was different for each person, from Hamburgers, Chinese food or just apple pie and coffee. The twisty road to D'Arcy was good. Well wortht th ride. On the way home we stopped in at Pemberton for gas at a good price of $1.30 a liter which was ten cents a liter cheaper then home. Round trip 494 km.
|D'Arcy May 1-11|
Sunday-Monday APRIL 24-25 San Juan Island ride
The club agreed to add a few new rides to the previous years ride schedules. Over the Easter weekend (April 24 & 25) we did a 2 day tour of The San Juan Islands.
Despite the weather forecast not looking particularly brilliant, off we rode on Sunday morning. One of the reasons for the Sunday departure was so that those members that just wanted to do a days ride could join us for the day. There were no Sunday riders, just the 5 riders who were committed to the 2 day ride.
Our first day was overcast the entire day with a brief showers. We headed to Bob's Burgers in Lynden so as to top up our bacon levels, however, it was closed (Easter Sunday). The Hilltop Restaurant down the road was open and we ate there.
After breakfast we headed towards Lake Whatcom following DH 27 (TE-B) toward the Bow Hill Road which takes you to the bottom of DH27 (Chuckanut Drive). Saving DH27 for our ride home we continued onto DH 27 (TE-F) along Padilla Bay (one day I hope to ride my bicycle around here because it so damn quiet and pretty).
As our ride had a scheduled ferry crossing and we were ahead of schedule we left the predesignated ride for an hour long tour of the Tulip fields of La Conner. Then on to Deception Pass then a loop just south of the pass (DH 52 (TE-D)) and back towards the ferry at Anacortes (DH 52 (TE-C)) with enough time to be able to go into town for lunch at The Island Cafe (another bacon top-up).
While Washington State Ferries don't say that they give priority to motorcycles, we did on each of the 3 ferries we rode on. The ride to Friday Harbor was 1:05 long, and with no other stops en route. This was I believe a first visit to this locale for each of us. On arrival you see the charming little harbor town that it is known for, but we found what seemed to be an even more beautiful harbor later on our tour of the island (DH 53 (TE-A)). The ride around the island only takes 1:45 so off we went to learn about the "Pig War", American Camp, English Camp, beautiful Roche Harbor. Later we were told about Whale Watching Park but it was too late to see it. San Juan Island has the only official whale-watching park in the United States. This is Lime Kiln Point State Park, close to Deadman's Bay. Our accommodations were very basic at The Orca Inn. Two of our group had lived in this style of accommodation before while in the Army and Air Force.
Monday morning was also overcast, and before long it started to rain for the duration of the ride. We took the 8:30 ferry to Orcas Island where we had a 2:15 loop (DH 53 (TE-B-C-D-E)) around the island including Deer Harbor, Eastsound, Rosario Resort, climb up Mt. Constitution (2,500 feet), Doe Bay, Obstruction Pass before returning to the ferry terminal for a 12:10 departure for Anacortes. From here we went up to Best Road so as to take Chuckanut Drive (DH27) home.
It was a good ride, that all seemed to enjoy. We were able to try out some new roads, scenery and even new equipment. Two of us used our Scala Rider G4 headsets, myself for the first time.
|April 24-25, 2011 San Juan Island trip|
April 17-10 Tsaawassen- Squamish
Six bikes rode to the Tsaawassen swap meet and then for lunch in Squamish
|April 17-11 Squamish|
Saturday April 16-11 Western powersports swapmeet
We rented two tables at the annual swapmeet so members could offer there spare stuff for sale
|April 16 Western powersport swapmeet|
Sunday April 3,2011 Five lake ride
The first scheduled Sunday ride of 2011 was a good one with eight riders. The teperature was between 7 and 9 degrees with cloudy skies, but no rain. We met at McDonalds, then breakfast. With full bellys we headed off for the 300km ride, visiting five lakes from Cultus to Pitt lake. A lot of the roads have large potholes and patches of gravel. Despite the road conditions we had a very good ride. We stopped at the Old Settlers Pub in Harrison for a good lunch.
Thanks to Geof for leading us inbetween the rain showers, potholes and gravel for a safe ride.
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Sunday February 20, 2011 Brunch
About 21 Club members enjoyed an incredible array of choices at a scrumptious Brunch buffet at Newlands Gold Golf and Country Club in Langley
this morning. Mother Nature even cooperated with sunshine and warm temperatures - the kind of day that entices each of us to wish we had our
bikes on the road - some of us did! Conversation around the table was lively and it was wonderful to catch up with some we don't see as often.
All agreed it was a 'fulfilling' experience and everyone got the 'senior discount' rate (not sure if that's a compliment but appreciated the break
nonetheless). Everyone had a good time, good food, and vowed to walk it all off later!
|March 20, 2011|
RIDES AND EVENTS 0F 2010
Saturday November 27, 2010 Christmas Dinner
The Christmas party committee led by Lorraine did a great job organizing the event. With door prizes and jokes, Master of ceremonies Ken guided us through the evening event inserting his many Christmas riddles. Buffet dinner was great as usual with Turkey or beef and all the traditional trimings. After diner we had the gift exchange with lots of gift thefts from them unfortunate enough to have selected a much sought after gift. Attendance was up from last year and when everyone finds out the fun had by all, the attendance most likely will be an overflow crowd next year.
Sunday October 31 (last scheduled ride for 2010
Three bike only on this beautiful day started out on this ride to Weaver creek. It was raining last Sunday so we did the ride this day. The temature was between 9 and 12 degrees and sunny all day. After breakfast at Ricky's we heade out, travelling on back roads of langley and Abbotford to the Mission bridge to Inch Creek and then Weaver creek. One bike had to leave, so the other two went to Chilliwack airport for pie. Then home without riding on the freeway.
|Oct.31-10 Weaver Creek|
Sunday October 17, 2010 Fraser valley Toy Run
We all met at McDonalds, the tempature was 2 degrees celsuis. By the time we left Ricky's after breakfast it was slightly warmer, and when we crossed the Golden Ears bridge it was foggy until we got to Mission. The parking lot where we gathered for the start of the toy run was full. The most bikes I have seen at this event. They breported there was over 800 bike and the raise over $10,000. After the Toy run six of us went for a ride stopping at the Wildcat Grill in Rosedale for lunch. Next to Harrison Hot Spings, back over the Agassiz bridge, along the south side of the river to Chilliwack.
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Fraser valley Toy Run oct.17-10
Sunday October 10, 2010 ride to Sumas, Whatcom, Chuckanut,Birchbay
After the regular meeting at McDonalds we rode to Sumas Bob's Burger and Brew for their Buffet breakfast. From here travel south via Silver lake, Maple Falls on Old Hwy 99 to almost Sedro Wooley before heading back up the Chuckanut drive then to lunch which was at Redcliff cafe in Ferndale. Next Birchbay, Drayton Harbour and home trough Lynden.
October 3, 2010
The scheduled ride for today was the Vancouver toy run. Only two people wanted to do the toy run, so the rest decided on going to Squamish for lunch.
Only seven bikes showed for the ride this morning under cloudy skies. Two went to the Vancouver Toy run, five to Squamish for lunch. Only a few light showers happened on the way to Squamish. It was a good ride despite the rain. we stopped at Shannon \Falls and walked up to the falls.
|October 3-10 Squamish|
September 26, 2010 Oyster Run
Only two bikes assembled under cloudy skies at McDonalds for today's ride. Two rides were scheduled for today, but we opted for the 29th annual Oyster Run. We headed for the Aldergrove border crossing and there was almost no lineup. First stop for gas where we met up with another Canuck that lives in Crescent Beach. He joined us for breakfast at Denny's before we headed for Anacortes. We did encounter a heavy shower in Aldergrove but it stopped before we got to the border. We traveled along the Chuckanut where there was no rain and very little traffic. While there was little bike traffic, once we got to Anacortes we did see lots of bike. There were a lot more venders then the last time I was there, but not as many bikes as before. However the streets were still crowded. I appears to me that there are many more trikes, I wonder if this is because the biker population is growing older . In was warm all day tempature was between 17 and 20 degrees. We came home via Hwy 9
Total distance return home 240km
|Sept.26-10 oyster Run|
August 22, 2010 Ride to Hope-Ascroft-Logan Lake- Merritt
Four bikes met at McDonalds for this riude even though it is raining, One had no rain gear and decided to return home. The other three decided to ride to Hope , have breakfast and decide whether to continue or not. In Hope we met two more Roadriders ready to do the ride. So five bikes headed up the Fraser Canyon. Near Lytton we did encounter a heavy shower. Then the sun came out again. We kept on travelling through Ashcroft and before reaching Logan Lake we stopped at the lookout above the huge copper mine. Stopped for lunch in logan Lake and it was very good. Next Merritt and the Hope. We traveled Hw7 to the Golden Ears bridge and home.
|August 22, 2010|
Distance 645 km.
August 15, 2010 Ride to Cascade lookout and Barbecue
Twelve bikes met at McDonalds and rode to Ricky`s for breakfast before heading across the Golden Ears bridge to Hwy 7 to Hope. Then off to Cascade Lookout. On the way home and to the Barbecue we stoped at Dairy Queen for the traditional Ice-cream.
The Barbecue Hosted by Brent and Jacquie was well attended. Under sunny skies and warm tempatures we enjoyed a well organized event. Brent on the Greek chicken grill and his father-in-law on the hamburger barbecue. Jacquie was the main organizer and made everything superbly from scratch. Lots of chicken, hamburgers, salads, and I don`t know what all. »Everyone was impressed with all the great food. It was great to see some of the people that don`t get out on the rides.
|August 15, 2010|
August 8, 2010 Ride to Silverton Ice Caves
Six bikes were at McDonalds waiting for 8:00 am to come so they can ride. The day was cloudy but warm as we left heading for the Aldergrove border crossing. Therew was no wait at the border so we were able to go straight for breakfast at Denny's in Bellingham where we met with another Roadrider. After a good breakfast we travelled 76 km on I-5, exiting at exit 208 to Granite Falls. Aftger stopping for gas for the bikes with smaller tanks we headed up to Silverton. Being on Motorcycles there was no day use fee in the parking lot. Length:of trail 2 total miles Elevation Gain: 200 feet Trail Type: Out-and-back Skill Level: Easy. After a good walk up and back we were ready for lunch. back 45 kn to Granite Falls we ate at a good place "Ike's Drive in" on Stanley street. It was a good lunch and reasonably priced. Now time to head home via Chuckanut drive. We never encountered rain and did see some sun.
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August 8, 2010 Ice Caves
July 31- August 1, 2010 Ride to the Caribiou
Eight bikes with ten people arrive at McDonalds to start the two day ride into the Caribou. 1st stop Ricky's for breakfast before getting onto Hwy one heading east. Cross over the river on the Mission bridge and the travel Hwy 7 to Hope. The pre-planned route included traveling Hwy 12 all the way to Hwy 97 north of Cache Creek. First night was spent in 100 Mile House in the Imperial Motel. Excellent dinner at the Red Rock Grill. Next morning back to the Red Rock for breakfast before heading south to Hwy 24 to Little Fort. Through Kamloops and onto Hwy 5A heading to Merritt for lunch. Then Coldwater road to Hwy 5 to Hope where of course we had to have Dairy Queen ice cream before heading the last leg of the trip home.
Totls distance 965 km
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July 31-Aug.1 Caribou
July 25, 2010 Ride to Mt Baker and Baker Lake
Fifteen bikes met on this sunny day for a ride to mt. Baker. We were going to cross the border at Blaine but the lineup was forty minutes long, so we changed plans to cross at Aldergrove. Now trvel east to Bob's Burgers in Sumas for a buffett breakfast. With full bellys we headed for Mt. Baker. The weather was warm all the way. The top section of the road was blocked off. We weretold that there was still twekve feet snow on the upper parking lot. After descending back down the mountain we stoped for lunch on the way to Baker Lake. Home along Chuckanut Drive completed the day.
Total ride 405 km. Average speed 66 kph
|July 25-10 Mt Baker|
July 18 Ride to Darrington/ Arlington
About twelve bikes started this ride and joining one more at Dennny's in Bellingham wheren we had breakfast. Weather was great for this ride through a lot of really good washington roads. Lunch was at the Farmhouse restaurant.
Distance 384 km
|July 18-10 Arlington-Darrington|
July 11, 2010 Ride to Sunshine Coast
Six bikes gathered at McDonalds under cloudy skies for the this ride to the Sunshine Coast. Driving straight to the ferry via Marine Drive. The sun soon burned of the cloud and it was a beautiful riding day. Breakfast on the ferry. With a side trip to Garden Bay we ended up at Egmont for lunch. We caught thr 3:25 ferry from Langdale home.
Distance 365 Km.
July 2,3,4 weekend ride to the Kootneys
Six bikes met at McDonalds for this tree day ride. Heading east on back roads to Mission then meeting with another rider in Deroche and yet another in Hope.
After refueling we took Hwy Three to Princeton. Next stop Keremeos via the Old Headley road for lunch at the Crowbar Grill. After lunch one rider headed back home as planned. The second rider left us in Osoyoos to visit family. First night stop in Greenwood, BC
In the morning breakfast and on the road again along the Arrow lakes crossing by ferry at Shelter Bay. This night we stayed in The Sandman Inn Revelstoke.
Next morning home through Salmon Arm and on the west side of Okanogan Lake.
Total distance about 1450 km
|July 2,3,4 Ride|
June 27, 2010 Ride to Port Townsend
Three bikes met at McDonalds for this ride. it was slightly sprinkling. Optimistic that the weather would improve we headed for Denny's in Bellingham for breakfast. This ride was changed to go to Fort Casey on the schedule because there were no reservations available this day when we checked. After travelling the Chuckanut we decided to try the ferry anyway. When we arrived the traffic person at the ferry waved us ahead of the cars. We went straight ahead and onto the ferry with only a five minute wait. By this time the sun was shining so we headed for Olympia. One of the guys had forgotten his camera at a hotel there some time ago. Set the GPS for the hotel address and we were off. The tempature reached 22.5 degrees and no rain. On the way home we rode on the I-5 and 405
Distance 626 km return Average speed 7o kph Moving time 8 hrs 58 min.
June 20, 2010 Marble Canyon
Larry led the ride to Marble Canyon, Five bikes started but only three went the whole 710 km. It was a good ride
June 13, 2010 Wintrop for Lunch
On Sunday June 13 nine members 8 bikes met as per usual at McDonalds and proceeded to Denny2s in Bellingham where two more roadriders joined the group. The weather on the way to Winthrop was cloudy, ending being very sunny and warm in Winthrop. Besides stopping at the viewpoint for a photo-op, the group stopped a number of times for gas and to stretch. We all had lunch in Winthrop before heading back. We talked about an ice-cream stop going home, but since George was missing, nobody seemed to know where we could find a good place to stop. Once back across the border, everyone headed their separate ways.
The distance for the ride was approximately 600 kilometers.
|June 13, 2010 Winthrop|
June 6,2010 Fraser Canyon/Merritt ride
4 bikes met @ McDonalds in anticipation of a ride up the Fraser Canyon to Spencers Bridge and on the Merritt. Off to Ricky's for breakfast first where we met up with one more Roadrider. Except for light rain for the first hour and a downpour from Hope to home, the weather was mainly cloudy with a few sunny periods (good riding weather). One of the riders left at the Mission Bridge and the other left at Mission, leaving 3 riders for the main ride. After a couple of rest stops, we had lunch at the Home café in Merritt. Heading home we took the Coldwater road until joining the Coquahalla and from there home. Even with the rain, the ride was enjoyed by all. Sorry no photos.
May 30, 22010 Ride to Whistler and the Point to Point Gondola
Six bikes met @ McDonalds in anticipation of a ride to Whistler and maybe ride the peak to peak gondola. Off to Ricky's for breakfast first where we met up with two more Roadriders. Of we went and onto Hwy 1 west toWhistler. It was mixed sun and cloud and warm. The road to Whistler is an excellent motorcycle road, even bettter now that the upgrades have been completed. Once we got to Whistler we could see that the low cloud would make the peak to peak ride a waste of both time and money. All you would see is the top side of the clouds. So after a coffee we headed back the way we came. We took a detour onto the Callaghn road up towards where the ski jump event was held during the winter olympics this year. The road was blocked off so we couldn't get all the way to the ski jump. But it was a great new road and we did see two black bears grazing on the grass. They didn't seem to mind at all that we were there.
Return trip 358 km Average speed 57 km Max speed 105 km. Moving time 4:32 hrs.
|May 30-10 Whistler|
May 22. 23, 24 weekend ride to Eastern Washinton
On Sat. May 22, 9 people on 8 bikes met for breakfast in Bellingham before heading off for our 1600 km Washington tour. We took a short drive along I5 to the Lakeway Drive exit, along Lake Whatcom to Scooter Stuff (RIP), then on to Sedro Woolley and Hwy 20 (narrowly missing DH56) thru Winthrop, Twisp and Omak, Hwy 155 to Grand Coulee.We over-nighted here, just a week too early to see their famed Laser Light Show projected onto the hydro electric dam. It was in Grand Coulee that one rider left the group after a nights rest to head north to the Canadian Okanogan for the remainder of the long weekend.
Sunday we left Grand Coulee and followed the beautiful shoreline of Banks Lake, then Hwy 17, all along a coulee created in the wake of the last ice age where the world's tallest waterfall once stood. We then headed to southern Washington to ride west along the Columbia Gorge. In Maryhill, WA we visited a replica of Stonehenge, then headed north to position ourselves for a twisted, scenic ride between Goldendale and Mabton, then up to Yakima for a well deserved night's rest.
Monday morning we rode the Yakima Canyon up to Ellensburg following a semi who thought he was on his Honda VFR from the way he was taking those corners, until his 18 wheels were reduced to just 9! We took I90 to go to historic and quaint Roslyn, WA where the early 90's TV show "Northern Exposure" did their outdoor filming, making this Washington town appear as an Alaskan town. More importantly Roslyn was central to the coal mining that took place in central Washington in the late 1800's. Back to the DH's and up to Hwy 2 west, then Hwy 9 till we could join the venerable Chuckanut Drive as our finale on our way home.
We did 10 Destination Highway's in 3 days:
On Saturday we rode: DH1 (Rockport to Winthrop), DH29 (Twisp to Okanogan), DH 69 (Omak to Nespelem).
On Sunday we rode: DH42 (Coulee City to Soap Lake), DH25 (Goldendale to Mabton)
On Monday we rode: DH38 (Yakima to Ellensburg), Roslyn WA (historic , DH55 (Teanaway to Leavenworth), DH40 (Leavenworth to Gold Bar), DH 27 (Chuckanut Drive - Bow to Bellingham), DH 61 (Arlington to Sedro Woolley).
Thanks to Destination Highways for their legwork to give us such a good ride. (Richard Briand)
And thanks to Richard for the organizing and leadership of the ride. It was a great exp[erience and well done.
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May 22, 23 24 Eastern Washington
May 9, 2010 Cultus lake & Chilliwack Lake
Started from McDonalds as always with about six bikes as the weather was sunny and warm. Stopped at Ricky's for breakfast, the over the Golden Ears bridge for a route to Cultas without the freeway. Back across the Mission Bridge and straight south to Vye rd. We rode past Cultus lake in did the Columbia valley loop. Still very warm and promising to be a gorgeous Mother's day we continued on to Chilliwack Lake. Well by now it was time to eat again so we headed to Yarrow for a lunch in the park with subs from a Deli in Yarrow. By this time some of the group had to leave to take part in family celebrations of Mother. The rest of the group headed off to Hope before heading home.
The distance for just the ride as far as Yarrow and home was 276 km.
|May 9-10 Cultas lake|
April 25, 2010 Bridal Falls/Othello Tunnels
The day started out cloudy as we went for breakfast. It soon had the sun peaking out and finally came full out. The tempature reached 19 degrees in the afternoon. We travelled roads tthrough the country avoiding the freeway as much as possible. After the walk through the othello tunnels we stoped at Home restaurant for lunch. Home along Highway 7 and over the Golden ears bridge just before supper.
|April 25, 2010 Bridal falls Othello Tunnels|
April 22, 2010 meeting
Special guest and presenter Dat Louie from Pacific Riding School showed us how to predict hazards that can kill you with an eye opening deminstration. It is clear that he is very knowlegeable on the subject. We are much better prepared for every day riding with this preview of what Pacific Riding School has to offer. Brent Shirley is organizing a training session with Dat for a on the bike and classrom course for members. For more info on this contact Brent
|Meeting April 22,2010|
April 18, 2010 ride to Tsawwassen Swap Meet-Squamish
Ten bikes gathered for this ride to the swapmeet and the to Sqamish for lunch. It was a sunny warm day as we left for breakfast. Then off to the swapmeet where most just walked around the outside display of bikes. A couple stayed here for a longer period to take it all in. The rest headed off to Squamish where we stopped for a very good lunch at Shady Tree pub. stop for fuel and head home in time for dinner.
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April 18, 2010
April 11, 2010 Ride to La Conner Tulip festival
Nine bikes met at McDonalds under slight clouded skies for a ride to LaConner Washington and we willsortof look at the tulips while we are there. First stop after the border was Denny's in Bellingham for breakfast, where another Roadrider joined us. We traveled via Chuckanut to the Tulip fields. Lunch stop was at Farmhouse Restaurant at Hwy 20 and LaConner-Whitney Rd. The home Through Lynden. It was a warm pleasent day of riding with great people and excellent food.
Total distance 278 km return
April 4, 2010 First Sunday Ride 2010
Three bikes and riders were the only ones to take part in the scheduled ride to the States to see the Tulips. The skies were cloudy and tempature about 5 degrees to start out. it was decided to not go to the U.S. because the line up at the border coming home on this long weekend may be long. Instead we went on a mystery ride throughout the valley. First breakfast at Ricky's. it was good to have theit original with double bacon breakfast again. With the skies looking somewhat brighter we headed off eastward until we got to Mission, then to Stave lake and Pitt Lake where the snow was very low on the mountains and causing the breeze to be cool. Next off we go to Ioco and Belcarra regional park. By this time it was sunny and warm. Through Port Moody, New Westminster, Queensboro, where we had a late lunch. Over to Annacis Island, onto Hwy 91 and home early enough to partake in Easter Sunday dinner.
|First Sunday ride 2010|
PICTUTRES FROM MARCH 2010 25 MEETING
|March 25, 2010 meeting|
First Tuesday Evening Ride March 30, 2010
Only three bikes showed up for the first scheduled ride of the season. The ride travelled on curvy roads north and south of the freeway ending at Whitespot in Aldergrove. Cloudy skies, but no rain. Temperture was low of 5.8 and high of 10 degrees.
March 25, 2010 Meeting
|March 25, 2010 meeting|
Sunday Feb.7, 2010
A breakfast at Ricky's for members to get together during the winter. But it was warm and cloudy, well at least warm for this time of the year. So after breakfast six bikers were anxious to get started on a ride in the valley. About six degrees and only cloudy skies was enough of a positive outlook for six Langley Roadriders to to get the riding season started. Although the first scheduled ride is not until March, we couldn't wait. Through Fort Langley into Abbotsford before crossing the freeway to head southward to Vye road. Then a criss-cross sort of pattern on roads of the farm country of Chiliwack. After coffee break we headed back home in time for supper. The tempature reached a high of 9.2 degrees for a short period. Rain held off until the return trip home and was only a very light shower. It was an enjoyable experience to get back on the road after having the bike parked for almost three months.
Week starting February 15, 2010 (member rides)
Wayne led three rides to the states this week and had offered members of LRRMC to join him. The weather was cool but Sunny for all three rides. Roads were in good shape without much gravel on them, however there were some patches of frost in the shady areas. Sunday there were eight bikes on the ride. tempatures were between 2 degrees and 11 degrees celsius.
PAST RIDES & EVENTS OF 2009
Nov.28, 2009 LRRMC Christmas Party
Time flies by when your enjoying yourself, and here it is Nov.28, our annual Christmas party. Thirty- two people had a most enjoyable evening. Mary Ann and Linda had everything well organized, a little Elf guy in the room center to receive gifts, a table for donated gifts by the tree, food bank box on the other room side, and name gift tags and 50/50 draw tickets at the ready. Poinsettas and log candles, " made by George'', decorated the tables. The food as usual was superb, and most everyone's hands were filled with food, drinks, or gifts. After we had allfilled and overfilled ourselves the second party of the evening began.
George had members and guests introduce themselves and give a short talk. Some of us started early and soime of us staryted late, the common factor was, we all enjoyed riding with LRR.
The gift exchange then got underway. There was the usual giving and taking. Happy faces and laughter dominated. To name a few gifts, the "motorcycle salt & pepper set", the "plexspray", and somebody after "bear". One of thefirst time guests had the notoriety to have her gift choices lifted five times, we hope she'll be back next year. Finally the last gift was opened, a box of chocolates.
The evening ebbed with the 50-50 draw, Brent is $48.00 ricvher. The evening closed wiyh the traditional, stair group picture. by yours truly Simon. It was a great evening, enjoyed by all. Thankyou Linda , Mary Ann and ABC White Rock staff.
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Oct.25-09 Ride to Chilliwack, Harrison Hotsprings , Mission
Three bikes met at McDonalds for the last scheduled ride of the 2009 season. Tempature was two degrees and cloudy skies. The weather prediction was for heavy rain, but that didn't deter the three dedicated souls on todays ride. After breakfast at Ricky's we traveled to Fort Langley, along River road to 264th, the on 8th ave. and eventually to Chilliwack. The harrison Hotsprings and home on Hwy 7 to the Golden Ears bridge.
Total distance 236km
Oct. 18-09 Fraser Valley Toy run and ride to Hope for lunch
The temperature was 13 degrees celsius and it was sunny most of the day and when we met at McDonalds before heading for breakfast. Twelve bikes headed across the new Golden Ears bridge on the way to Mission to ride in the 22nd annual Fraser Valley Toy Run, The ride starts in Mission and crosses the Mission bridge into Abbottsford and then travels many back roads until reaching the Abbotsford fair grounds. After delivering our presents or cash, seven of the bikes left for a ride to Hope for lunch. On the way home we left the freeway in Chilliwack and traveled via Majuba Hill road and then home on the southern BC roads. It was a very good ride with sunny warm weather for so late in October. The trees were beautifull in full fall colours.
Total distance traveled 297 km.
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Oct.18-09 Fraser Valley Toy Run
Oct. 11-09 Inch Creek/Weaver creek Fish spawning Channels
We met at McDonalds when the tempature was minus 2 degrees Celsius, At 8:00 sharp we left as usual to Ricky's and had breakfast while it warmed up a few degrees. Fourteen bikes braved the cool sunny morning. First stop Inch creek to see the two large Sturgeon one of which is about eighty years old. Next stop is Weaver creek, by this time it is a lot warmer. Now abot 12:30 some had to leave the group for Thankgiving dinner at home, others carried on with riding in the best part of the day.
|Oct.11-09 Inch -Weaver creek|
Oct.4-09 Vancouver Toy Run
From McDonalds we were about a dozen bikes, first to Ricky's for food, then to Coquitlam Center. This is where the Toy Run starts from. The Sun was shining and it was warm. Once we donated our gifts, for different reasons we deciced to head home although it would have been an excellent day for a ride
|oct.4,2009 Toy Run|
Sunday Sept. 27, 2009 Ride toPrinceton
The sun is shining as tweleve bikes met at the usual place and head for Ricky's for breakfast before heading to the rest stop just before Hope on Hwy 7, the first stop today. After a leg strech we travelled to Hope for fuel , then on to Manning park. We rode up the steep, twisty and narrow road to the top of the mountain lookout above the Manning Park Lodge. After filling our eyeball with the breath taking view we headed for Princeton. We stopped for lunch at the Pub on top of the hill before you get to Princeton. After lunch people left in small groups for the ride home.
The ride was planned to go to Tulameen, but we all decided to head home after lunch.
Sunday Sept.20, 2009 Ride to Darrington/Arrlington
Ten bikes met to ride this ride to the USA with the first stop breakfast at Bob's Burgers and Brew for a buffet. Led by Wayne we travelled many very twisty roads. The weather was perfect, Sunny and tepatures started at 13 degrees raising to a high of 20 degrees by the afternoon. We took Hwy 547-542- Hwy 9 to Sedro Wooley to Rockport, Hwy 20 to Darrington to Arlinton, home through Chuckanut drive.
Total distance 400 km
Sunday Sept. 13, 2009 Ride to Squamish
Ten bikes met at McDonalds for the trek to Ricky's for breakfast and where we met up with seven more bikes. then another two bikes showed up before we left there. The destination Today was Squamish, Horse She Bay using no freeways where possible. We stopped ay Porteau Cove to watch Scott and Lorraine's daughter in her skin diving lessons. Lunch was at the Shady Tree Pub. After a very good lunch we headed home on Hwy 1.
Saturday, Sunday, Monday Ride to the Kootenay Sept. 5,6,7
Six bikes met at Ricky's in Chilliwack for the three day ride to the Kootenays. We left Chilliwack in the rain but warm. First day destination was Castlegar. Despite the weather it was a good ride, with some rain and some cloud. Stop in Keremeos for lunch @ the Crow Bar and Grill. When we pulled into Grand Forks One bike had developed a front tire problem. We located the Honda dealer in town, but it was closed. With the help of a local guy out for a walk we located the owner of the store. The owner of the shop was very helpful he came to the shop and he tried to find a tire by phoning other towns . There were no tires available so BCAA was called to have the bike and rider taken back to Chilliwack. We were sorry to have to go on without him, but he was in good hands and on his way home. We got to the Hotel in Grand Forks about 7:00 pm. 2nd day we made a loop of about 400km crossing on the Kootenay ferry and back to Castlegar for another night. This is rated as one of the best roads in BC. Day 3, on the way home we divided up at Rock Creek, three bikes went through Kelowna and home on theHwy 5. The other two went home Hwy three,the shorter route.
1st day 595 km 2nd day 387 km 3rd day 670 km Total distance 1652 km
|Sept. 5,6,7 Kootenay Ride|
Sunday August 30-09 Ride to Chilliwack-Harrison Visit Dairy farm and Metal Amination Studios, Harrison
Fourteen bikes met and went to Ricky's for breakfast before the excelent ride led by Brian Knoll on all back roads to Chilliwack. Through Clayton, Sumas Mountain and many other roads. We stopped at a dairy farm where they milk 4000 head of cows twice each day. Later we stopped at Metal Animation Studios where we watched the artist working on a new sculpture. Also there is the worlds largest stainless steel sculpture. For Lunch we ate at Salvanos in Agasszi and then home.
Approx 260 km
|Sunday August 30-09|
Sunday Aug. 23, 2009 Ride to Sumas, Whatcom Lake, Chuckanut, Birch Bay
We started with eleven bikes from McDonalds heading on backroads to the Sumas border crossing. First stop is Bob's Burger and brew for a buffet breakfast. Here we met up with three other bikes for the ride on roads most of us have never been on before. The weather was mixed cloud and sun. Cool in the morning 13 - 15 degrees, warming up later in the day to about 20 degrees. After Chuckanut drive we traveled through Bellingham on back roads to Silver Reef Casino, Red River cafe for lunch the on to Birch Bay before crossing the border at Hwy 15 to go home.
Total distance 274 km 4:52 moving time
|August 23-09 Sumas, Whatcom, Birch Bay|
Sunday Aug. 16-09 (two rides) Gastown Show and Shine & Ride to Keremeos, BC
All the bikes met at the usual place for the 8:00 am pilgrimage to Ricky's for breakfast. After breakfast, we formed the two groups, those who wanted to ride to Keremeos and those that wanted to go to the show-n-shine.
We traveled the Hwy 1 to Abbotsford and then crossed the Mission bridge so we could ride on the north side of the river. A short break in Hope to refuel and off again, next stop Manning park for a strecth your legs break. Back on Hwy 3 to Princeton for fuel again. We traveled the Old Headley road, getting back on Hwy 3 at Headley. Once we got to Keremeos we had lunch and a stop at a fruit market before heading home.
Total distance back to home on the Keremeos ride 649 km.
Sunday August 9, 2009 Ride to Farm land,history, Native land and lakes
This cloudy morning seen eight bikes show up for this different type of ride in the Fraser Valley which included city, country, farm land, native land, airport, park land and lakes. We started from McDonald's as always and had the regular trip to Ricky's for breakfast. Here we picked up a couple more Roadriders and traveled no freeway to cross the Mission bridge and ride on some back roads there. When we had all that side of the river done we crossed over the Agassiz Bridge on Hwy 9. We followed the preplanned route to Chilliwack airport for either lunch or pie, depending on each persons fancy at the Airport Coffee Shop. After eating the best pie in the country we headed for a vender selling Chilliwack corn before riding to Chilliwack lake. A short walk and strech break and now on to Cultus lake and the Columbia Valley Hwy. On the way back we had to stop for icecream of course. Then home without traveling on the freeway.
|Valley Ride Aug.9-09|
Sunday August 2, 2009Ride to Baker Lake
Only seven bikes showed up for this ride to Baker Lake, Washington. Tempature was 17 degrees at 8;00 am. One didn't have his passport so he went back home. First stop after the border was breakfast at Shari's restaurant in Bellingham. Then we travelled some new to most of us roads to Baker Lake. After a short stop at the lake we headed home stopping along the way for the traditional ice-cream before crossing the border at Lynden.Tempature reached 31 degrees
Total 314 km return, max speed 96 kph.
|Baker Lake Aug. 2-09|
Sunday July 26-09 Ride to Mt. Baker and then barbecue @ Steve and Deborah's place
With a reminder from our secretary/time keeper we left McDonalds about 8:08 am with eleven bikes under unpredicted cloudy skies. However the weather was warm as we headed for Bob's Burger and Brew in Sumas for a buffet breakfast. Most of us qualified for the seniors price. Now we are fourteen bikes as we met up with other Roadriders for the trip and barbecue. The road was good and not much traffic. The road was open to the top this year, some years it is still covered with snow when we get there. It was sunny and 21 degrees at the top. For the ride home and to the barbecue we came through Deming and crossed the border at Lynden.
The barbecue was well attended. Deborah the girls and maybe even Steve were well prepared for us with lots of cold drinks and nibblies. Then later Steve proved he is master of the barbecue by cooking the burgers and hotdogs perfectly.
Total distance return 260 km Average speed 62 kph
|July 26-09 Mt. Baker-Barbecue|
Sunday July 19-09 ride to Princeton, BC
Wayne led this ride which was an unscheduled ride. The group of about eight bikes decided on princeton as a destination.
On the way they stopped in Hope and at the sight of the Hope slide.
|July 19-09 Princeton|
Sunday July 12-09 Ride to Langley Wa.
Fifteen bikes with 19 people left the usual starting place this almost sunny morning heading for Langley Washington on Whidbey Island. First place to go was Denny's in Bellingham for breakfast. One member was already there and hadtold the waitress we were coming so they were ready for us. Traveling on roads and not the freeway we arrivedin langley intime for lunch. This day was their
Total distance return 384 km./ average speed 63 kph
|Langley BC to Langley Wa. July 12-09|
Sunday July 5-09 Ride on the Sunshine Coast to Garden Bay
Fifteen bikes with eighteen people gathered to ride this ride to the Sunshine Coast. We left McDonalds @ 8:00 and headed for the ferry to Langdale to catch the 9:40 departure. Once on board most of us headed for the onboard Whitespot for breakfast. After getting off the ferry we took the lower road to Gibsons where we stopped for 1/2 hour to browse the small town. Then more or less following the coast line we travelled the back roads to Garden Bay. At the turn off to Garden Bay road is a tiny church it has only about 5 or 6 pews with a deck that a tree grows through. (see pictures below) After this it was almost time to eat again, so off we go to Sechelt for Lunch at a Greek restaurant called Daphne's. While having lunch Ron and Linda met us here while on their way home from a three day circle tour. The plan was to get the 2;40 ferry home, but we were all enjoying it so we caught the 4:45 departure to Horseshoe Bay. After getting off the ferry we all seperated as we reached the road to each of our homes
Total Distance return 330 km Average speed 57 km. 5.58 hours moving time
|Sunshine Coast July 5-09|
Sunday June 28 Ride to Marysville Wa.
Fourteen bikes gathered at McDonalds for the 8:00 am start on this cloudy day for a ride to Marysville Washington. First stop after the border was Denny's in Bellingham for breakfast. Now the guy that sent out the notice about the ride said" Bring your passport" Well, who do you think left their passport at home. You will have to ask anyone who was on the ride if you want to find out as I won't tell. After Breaky we had fifteen bikes. The weather cleared and it was a very good sunny day of about 21 degrees "C". Lunch was in Marysville and travelling close to the ocean and then a stop at Scooter Stuff before heading for the last leg towards home.
349 km return Max speed 102 km/h. Average speed 60 km/h Home by 6:00 pm
|Marysville June 28-09|
Sunday (Father's day) June 21-09
Only six or seven bikes showed up for this father's day ride. It is the first time we did a ride of some of the brides in the lower mainland. We started with the New Golden ears Bridge, then Pitt River, Port Mann, Pattulla, Second Narrows, Lions Gate, Granville Street bridge, Oak Street, Alex Fraser, Bridge over the Serpintine River, Then it was home for me and some others, but Ron & Linda continued on the planed route to include the Mission Bridge. There may be some smaller bridges as well that I never included. This was a short ride because it was fathers day.
Tuesday June16 Ride across the New Golden Ears Bridge
Golden Ears Bridge Ride
24 bikes left McDonald's to explore the Golden Ears Bridge and approaches. We entered the Eastbound approach road at 176th St & 96th Ave. It follows South of Hwy 1 then goes under Hwy 1 to parallel the CN Rail tracks and passes just North of the GVMC Clubhouse. We followed the road over the bridge through some great twisties until it became 128th Ave. at 210 St.
We looped around to return across the bridge (Hey, no tolls yet) and came back to a left on 192nd St. Then left on 96th Ave. to a left on 201st St. where we found a place to pull off to regroup. From here we tried the 201st St. on ramp and followed it over the bridge again to the 113B exit. A right turn on 113B took us to a left onto Maple Crescent around the loop to River Rd. and East to the Haney Bypass and our old friend the Albion Ferry. There were three bikes ahead of us .... and about another 30 followed in behind us. Since there was already 5 lanes of cars, (Yes, even with the bridge open) the lot attendant asked about half the group to wait for another sailing.
Except for a couple who had to head home, we and another group, descended on Wendle's for nummies before breaking up and heading home.
The speed limit varies between 60 and 80 kph in the approaches and bridge itself. All feel slow by at least 20 kph and some of the nice sweeping corners could be done at twice the limit. I'm sure this will be fertile hunting grounds for the Queen's Horsemen .... beware!
We have 30 days to play before it costs us ....
Sunday June 14-09 Duffy lake Loop
A dozen bikes gathered at McDonalds for this 600 plus Km ride. When we got to Ricky's for breakfast there were seven more bikes for the ride and two that just came for breakfast. We travelled up Hwy 1 to Whistler, Pemberton for lunch, Lillooet for ice-cream, Lytton and Home. By traveling this way we missed the rush coming home from Whistler on Sunday afternoon. The weather started out with light cloud, but turned to sunny, Tempature was 12 degrees to high of about 29.
Total kilometers without side trips 589.
7:34 hrs moving time Average speed 79 KPH
|Duffy Lake Loop June 14-09|
TUESDAY JUNE 9-09
Fifteen bikes took part in this Tuesday evening ride, led by Peter and he led us where he does that best, on the north side of the river. This may be the last trip on the Albion/Fort Langley ferry because the new bridge will be open next Tuesday. Peter led us over many back roads to Pitt Lake and the back over the Port Mann bridge to the Whitespot in Gilford. this was close to 100km in total.
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June 7, 2009 Merritt-Spences Bridge
Fifteen bikes met at McDonalds for this ride to Merritt and then Spences Bridge. The cloudy skies did not discourage these riders from a Sunday ride. After breakfast at the usual place we headed for the Albion ferry and travelled on the north side of the river to Hope where we stoped for gas. the up the Coquihalla, exiting onto the Coldwater road into Merritt. Fuel and then lunch @ the Merritt Desert Inn. This was a good place for lunch, because they have a huge dinning room which they opened up so we could all sit together. Now on Hwy 8 to Spences Bridge and home through the Fraser Canyon with a stop at Boston Bar drive in for Ice cream.
Total 567 Km. average speed 79 KMH 7 hrs 10 minutes moving time
May 31-09 Britannia Mine ride and Tour
The Britannia Mine Tour started out with 8 bikes. After breakfast at Ricki's we headed down the
Trans Canada Hwy thru Vancouver and on to the Sea to Sky Hwy. We traversed the new section over Eagle Bluffs that bypassed Horseshoe Bay. The highway was beautiful and with lots of curves and elevation changes it was perfect for a motorcycle. We arrived at the mine at 10:30 and went on the 11:00 am tour. We had a young university student as a guide and he explained in detail the workings of the mine and demonstrated several of the drills used by the miners. It was very loud and dark at these drill sites. After the tour ended we all went to Squamish for lunch, the usual place by White Spot and Starbucks. I thought everyone was going to eat at White Spot but as it turned out only Bob and I were there. We met a couple of other club members that didn't ride out with the group as well. After lunch everyone broke up and some went home while one went further up the hwy towards Whistler. All in all it was a very good day and the weather was fantastic. (Wayne)
May 17-09 Camano Island
The Camano Island Ride was attended by twelve riders. We all met at McDonalds in Langley and then set out for Denny's in Bellingham. The border crossing was fairly quick and we all regrouped at the dairy on the way to Lynden. Gord had phoned earlier and already was at the restaurant and had warned them we were on are way. Breakfast went well and the service was excellent. I spoke with the manager and told him he might see us more often and he welcomed the opportunity. From there it was off to Camano Island via Chuckanut Drive and several back roads that some members had never been on. Circling Camano Island was very scenic and the roads were excellent. We stopped at the small mall on the island for lunch and conversation. After everyone was finished it was off to Hwy 9 for the return trip home. As always this road was a joy to ride. We broke up at Hwy 9 and E badger Rd near Sumas. (Wayne)
|May 17-09 Camano Island|
May 10-09 Falls ride (Mother's Day)
Eleven bikes started out for this mother's day ride, but one wouldn't start so after getting it going that person went home. Across the ferry and down the Hwy 7 to the other side of Mission before we got onto roads that we have not been on before. The to Bridal Veil falls wherew some of us went for a 15 minute walk to thebase of the falls. It was getting close to lunch time by now so we head for the Chilliwack airport cafe. Being mother's day the place was packed. Four of us decided we couldn't wait so we headed towards Cutus Lake where we found a small restaurant in the little strip mall. It wasn't crowded and the food was good. Then home on a southern route.
Trip Statistics: Average speed 55 kmh Trip from start to home 196 km Max speed 91 km Actual moving time 3:31 hours
|Bridal Falls May 10-09|
May 4, 2009 Hells Gate Airtram
Well we robbed the weatherman today, because he had predicted rain. The day started sunny when fiften bikes with seventeen people showed up at McDonalds for the start of this Sunday ride. We headed for Walnut Grove for breakfast and it was nice to be back at Rickys. With full bellys we travelled to Fort Langley to catch the ferry. Then down Hwy 7 to the first rest stop which was just this side of Hope. Once refreshed and legs streched we next went to the Husky in Dogwood Valley for fuel. On the road again to Hells gate. we spent about 1-1/2 hours there and took the opportunity to ride the airtram for free. Once we regrouped, lunch was next on the agenda and this time at the Canyon Alpine Restaurant. The lunch and service was good and at fair price. After lunch we split into two groups. One group went home the reverse route and the other group went home through Merritt.
On the way home at the summit of Hwy 5 it was only 7 degrees celcuis
Total Travel time for the route home through Merritt 6 hour 43 minutes 554 Km average speed 83 km
|Hells gate May 3-09|
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April 26, 2009 LaConner Tulip Ride
It was Sunny but cool (1 degrees C) in the morning when we met at McDonalds with thirteen bikes and seveteen people for a 270 km return ride to see the LaConner tulip feilds. First stop after the border was Bob's Burgersin Lynden for breakfast. ( may be the last time) Here two moke bikes for our club joined us. With Tom Tom leading us we managed to travel some untraditional roads and see different scenery. Once we drove by the Tulip fields it was time to eat again. So after deciding on a "we will meet back here time" we all formed small groups of to go into different places to see the town and have lunch. On the way home we went through Sedro-Wooley, Hatcom lake and Home trough Lynden,
Total travel time 5 hours. Max speed 96 kmh Average speed 54 kmh. Total miles from Home to Home 271 km.
|From Tulips Apr.26-09|
April 5, 2009 Fraser Valley Loop
This was a good start to our riding season because the sun was shinning although it was cool in the morning. Thirteen bikes and fifteen peple started out on the ride after we had a good breakfast at Ricky's restaurant on 64th Ave. We rode through North Langley to Mission, Harrison Hot Springs and to the Chilliwack airport for lunch. After lunch we headed on some back roads and home on the southern edge of Canada The ride was about 175 Km. Not too bad for a first official ride of 2009. As I remember last year first ride was longer but it was also colder.