What can I say, most of our group rides lead to an eating establishment. We should call us the RTE scooter club (Ride to Eat). It is taking a long time to get rid of Mr Winter, so when the forecast changed to sunshine, James decided to post a BBQ ride
James rides a Derbi 150cc and was our group leader today. Tagging along are a couple of new scooterists on their 49cc.
(Diana with her Pinky)
She is parked next to her dad, Ed's scooter. This is the first time that we have met them. We converse a lot on our local forum (Vancouverscootering.com) That's the beauty of the internet, behind anonymous names we get to meet real people. As we are not aware of their riding abilities, and whether they are privy to group riding rules, we slot them behind our group leader, James. Most of our rides are 49cc friendly and we adjust our routes and speed accordingly. Being right behind the group leader he is more aware of them behind and can monitor their progress. I usually ride sweep and can observe the vehicles behind and change lane position to block the aggressive ones. It's all about protecting the group.
This day we had quite the assortment of machines. My Kymco X500Ri, Doug's Burgmann 400, Rob's Yamaha Maxim 650, James Derbi Boulevard 150cc, Robert, the Reverend's Vespa PX150, Diana & Ed's Sagas, and an (Ben's ? sorry) Honda Ruckus.
We managed to stay away from the faster arterials and Zagged and Zigged our way south towards Tsawwassen on busy surface streets and over the Patullo Bridge. On our way we took the "COW TUNNEL" under the freeway
By using this tunnel, which is a courtesy "one way" we are able to reach idylic farmlands which meanders its way towards our intended destination. Finally we reach the BBQ and rush to stand in line to order our food. Fresh air makes you hungry
I was told that this BBQ was started hours ago and you had several choices. BBQ Pork, BBQ beef, corned beef and I believe Ham. They cut generous slices of meat and jammed it all into a toasted bun along with lots of condiments.
They had two people manning the BBQ station and they were doing a brisk business. Looks like all of us were hungry at the same time. After we filled out bellies with food and beverage we left towards Westham Island to visit a honey farm
We were allowed to sample some of the Honey, and several of us bought some to take home
Traffic is very light on these roads and along the way we spotted numerous Bicyclists out for their weekend exercise.
Westham Island is accessed by a one way bridge just west of the Village of Ladner, BC
It's a lucky thing they had a 50 ton load limit as we collectively were carrying a lot of un-digested food
This is a neat wooden bridge, looks like it has been freshly painted. You have to be very careful when the road is wet and wood can be very slippery. It is only 1 lane on the centre span so you come up to see if it is clear before proceeding
There is always room on the side for scooters to park when taking pictures, and this one does look familiar
As you look southward while on the bridge you will see many houseboats along the shore. At least they don't have to manage their lawns
On the other side, there is a whole community of house boats
You can tell from the muddy brown fast moving water that this is the mighty Fraser River. It was a great sunny warm day for a ride in the country