Guemes Island Bike Ride

Ten happy riders jumped aboard the Guemes Island pedestrian ferry and in minutes began their adventure.  The weather was beautiful for a bike ride, a balmy 66 when we landed. We took South Shore Road, which is counterclockwise, and ended up at the Guemes Mountain trailhead in no time.  This two and a half mile hike is worth a trip to the island every time. The locals have left hiking poles and a dog leash or two for those who’d like to use them. The views at the top are 360 and spectacular and we strolled and played amongst the dragonflies and birds. After a leisurely break we mounted our steeds and rode on.  This hilly little island has lots of beautiful gardens and artwork around neighborhood homes.  The detour down to Guemes Island Resort for lunch on the beach was an added attraction. While it’s not a long ride, we did get in about 15 miles. It was a wonderful way to spend a beautiful day.


Explore Everson Bike Ride

Monday, September 26, 2016  9:30am – 12:30pm

Meet at The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints, 503 Everson Rd, Everson, WA 98247, USA (map)
A fine dike ride along the Nooksack and around farmland, looping back through Everson on the Bay To Baker Trail, 3 miles. Then we’ll hop over to the Everson Auction Barn for an old fashioned livestock auction. On Mondays, the auction is all about miscellaneous livestock that hobby farmers and 4H projects would like: pigs, sheep, goats, geese, ducks, and maybe an ostrich or llama. The stage is small with only a few bleachers on two walls, up close and personal. The café has long standing fame for it’s burgers and home made pie, strictly standing room only during lunch time. Everson Auction Barn was originally a 2 room schoolhouse from the turn of the century, and much of it remains. The auction starts at 12:30 and if we time it right, we could find café seating and eat before it begins. Meet 9:30 a.m. at Everson’s Mormon church parking lot – north side please. This is only a few hundred feet before Everson’s bridge and is next to the B2B trail. You’ll see the standard white steeple and red brick building as you approach the bridge coming north from the Pole Road.

Central Valley Corridor and BC Parkway, Vancouver

Thursday, September 15

Another NEW BC ride. We plan to combine 2 trails into a loop of about 18 miles. Both are city neighborhood greenbelt pathways that follow transportation corridors and string several city parks along the way. There’s artwork and wall murals along much of the way and plenty of coffee choices. The west end reaches the city’s Seawall, another popular MBC ride. It really is quite amazing to explore Vancouver’s bicycle network, particularly those rides on pathways off road or with some dedicated bike lanes. I’ll post more information on this ride as we get closer to the date. If we are a small group, it is possible to Sky Train ourselves with bikes one way, and that’s a unique round trip experience. Bring a few dollars in Canadian money in case we Sky Train (no US), and for parking, you can’t always count on credit or debit cards. Meet 8 a.m. Edaleen Dairy on the Guide, park in their gravel lot. BYO food. Please try to carpool, driving maps are provided but we always fear for a lost car getting to a trailhead and no one uses a cell phone in Canada. This is big city driving to a parking lot. One bridge will be crossed to get to our trailhead (modest fee). Passports.

Vancouver Bridge to Bridge Loop

Thursday, September 8

A NEW BC ride and not for the faint of heart. This is an amazing urban ride circling the harbour and crossing 2 major bridges. We are on bicycle paths much of the time and bike lanes the rest with no big traffic roads. We climb up those bridges and down the other sides, so we fly down through the center of Stanley Park (protected sidewalk), otherwise the trail is flat. Much is city parks, waterfront, some industrial, some changing neighborhood but all bicycle mapped and signed. We’ll travel stop and go for mapping and traffic lights. Coffee is everywhere. BYOL or eat at Lonsdale Quay. 8 miles. You’ll see new places and parks and be impressed with Vancouver’s ever expanding network of bike trails. We’ll pass North Van’s MEC store….(Canada’s version of REI). There’s more to see and do than we’ll have time for. Terrific views abound, bring your camera. Meet 8 a.m. at Edaleen Dairy on the Guide, park in their gravel lot. Please try to carpool, driving maps are provided but we al- ways fear for a lost car getting to a trailhead and no one uses a cell phone in Canada. This is big city driving to a water- front park parking area. One bridge will be crossed to get to our trailhead (modest fee) but at least the kids have gone back to school and summer traffic has slowed down. Passports.

Boundary Bay, BC

Thursday, September 1

Twelve flat hard pack gravel miles around the bay to a sweet little coffee shop near the Pt Roberts border line. Stellar views, 24 miles round trip. Meet 8:30 a.m. WECU in Blaine on H St., park next to but not in WECU’s lot. BYOL, sunscreen, passports. No tunnel or bridge required.

Skagit Flats, Conway > near LaConner > Mt Vernon

Thursday, August 25

Nine AM at the Anacortes March Point Park and Ride and Moka Joe’s across the street.  The Park and Ride address is’s+Point+Park+and+Ride,+Washington/Conway,+WA/@48.3721881,-122.447699,12z/data=!4m24!4m23!1m15!1m1!1s0x54857a8b62b90c1b:0x7a5c9cbf8544dd06!2m2!1d-122.567859!2d48.463003!3m4!1m2!1d-122.5292499!2d48.4283325!3s0x54856535c364804f:0x8f1e1e467534c6d4!3m4!1m2!1d-122.4001018!2d48.3678689!3s0x548568a23525e9c5:0xf4b135356512bb2c!1m5!1m1!1s0x54856840154bf123:0x728111b6000e8b12!2m2!1d-122.3429343!2d48.3403804!3e1

Disclaimer.  This isn’t as impeccably planned as Janet always does.  I’ve ridden almost all of this in different rides, but not the river piece up to Conway.  Janet suggested this route, so holy water has been sprinkled on it, and it’s pretty straightforward.  Weather forecast for next 10 days is clear, sunny and into the 70s daily.  Hope to see you Thursday

Skagit Flats Bike Ride & Breakfast

bike-ferrySaturday June 4, Skagit Flats Breakfast Ride- We’ll leave early for a hearty bike ride through the beautiful Skagit Valley flats to a little know old-time grocery that serves a mean breakfast. We’ll depart from the parking lot of
 3533 Chuckanut Drive (former bamboo/bonsai nursery and more recently antique shop) at 8am. and head south through the flats to Rexville Grocery. This is a 40 miles round trip, medium pace ride- get in some practice rides be- tween now and then. Drew Winsor, 425 341 3738,
Sat Jun 4, 2016
3533 Chuckanut Dr, Bow, WA 98232, USA (map)

Trip Report

What a gorgeous ride we five had through Skagit Valley. The ride follows the shore for a significant portion of the route and so along the way we saw fishing boats, house boat, sporting boats, and loads of sea birds. Riding south through the farmlands we had a nice tailwind (which at the time we attributed to our robust fitness), and on the way back the headwind took the wind out of our sails (sorry, I couldn’t resist that one). Our Rexville Grocery breakfast was superb, as usual.