It had been a while since I had seen Robert, the Reverend and he sent me an email to attend his social breakfast on Tuesday, which is his day off. Co-incidentally I also had Tuesday off being my last day of Christmas holidays so it was my plan to suit up and ride my V-strom to Langley even though it was only around 3c when I left Vancouver and headed Eastward. My plan was to arrive a little late and there was one seat left on the crowded table
I'm not good with names but they are all men "of the cloth" so I just sat there and listened to clergy jokes and kept my mouth shut while I slurped down my sausage and eggs with pancakes.
Robert told me he couldn't spare the whole day but we could ride somewhere together. So with him in the lead on his Vespa PX150 Collector's Edition we headed further east towards Abbotsford where it was my plan to visit Bob who co-ordinates activities with the SOC (Suzuki Owners' Club)
We arrive un-announced but he hears our mighty engines and greets us outside before we get our helmets off
That's Bob's Suzuki C50 Cruiser under the bike cover. Believe me when I say it is spotless. We remove our layers of riding gear and boots and make ourselves at home and use his facilities. Soon Linda (ie: Mrs Bob) gets the kettle ready and before you can say "Jimmy Cricket" the table is filled with cookies and coffee.
While we were chatting, telling stories & drinking coffee John arrives on his V-strom
So while the guys chatted around the dining room table, Linda went out of her way to keep the coffee topped up. She is a gracious host.
(Robert, John & Bob)
(Vespa PX150, V-strom, V-strom)
Soon it was time to go as it is a 2 hour ride back home to Vancouver and it was getting chilly. As we were exiting Bob's driveway I notice something that may be of interest to you. Bob lives along Zero Avenue. Zero Avenue is a road which runs East to West and straddles the Canadian/US Border
(Left roadway=Canada; Right roadway=USA)
Along this section of the Border there are two roads parallel to each other. I am standing on the Canadian side but if I jump the low ditch I would be in the United States of America, and cross the border illegally. While it would appear that we are in the middle of nowhere this border is heavily monitored. Heat seeking cameras, sensors and other covert stuff of which we are not aware.
Those are US residents on the other side . One more photo and we decide to ride along Zero Avenue on our way home
(US farm on the other side of the street)
(US border crossing, taken from Zero Avenue)
As we continue riding West
you are riding right along the border with American farms on the left and Canadian driveways on the right . Just make sure you don`t cross the line or you will be in deep doo-doo
Every mile or so there are Cairns marking the Border line
(Canadian Border marker, we are on the Canadian Side)
Robert was in the lead and I pulled over without warning. He noticed I wasn`t behind so he turned around to look for me. I waited to include him in this photo
(one more photo for the road)
We still have over an hour to get home and we have to stop for a bladder break . Where else, Tim Horton`s . . .
only in Canada