I might be jinxing myself here, but I finally got back on a bike yesterday for the first time in over 15 years. Yup, it’s been a very long time since I rode a bike. I am glad the old saying still holds true that once you learn how to ride a bike you never forget.
I purchased a bike from a friend a couple of years ago as he was moving States side and thought I would be riding from day one. Alas it sat in our bike locker until this past weekend when I decided it was time to get it tuned up and get it on the biking trails. After a $60 tune up (yeah a couple of flat tires, rusty parts), I was riding.
I rode along the sea wall towards English Bay, where I sat for a bit to admire the lovely Vancouver sunset. I forgot how easily and quickly you can get from point A to B on a bike when compared to walking.
As I was on a limited time, I continued to ride into Stanley Park to see how far I could get. Once I past the swimming pool on south part of the park, the trail sorta disappeared on me. I had no clue where I should be biking towards as I couldn’t continue along the sea wall in that direction. The only way I could continue to bike was to go into the trails that took me into the wooded area of the park. As I rode the trails for a bit I realized this wasn’t where I wanted to go and quickly found the route out of the trails and back onto the roadside. I thought I couldn’t go any further than this so I decided just to head back home along the sea wall.
I truly enjoyed the feeling and freedom it gave me and I hope to continue riding as our summer seems to have finally arrived.
My goal is to at least ride along the sea wall once this year. I’ve always wanted to walk it, but never got that far. This time with two wheels I hope to be able to enjoy the scenery in a different way. Thanks to some of my Facebook friends I now have a better idea of the trails around Stanley Park and this should make it easier for me to get around.