I thought it better that our visiting blogger guest from Montreal offer up his impressions of our scenic paradise before I added some supplementary comments, and perhaps a few photos. Fresh eyes are better than old, tired eyes. Everybody knows that it rains a lot on the Coast, but these few days were the exception. David came at the most opportune time.
Roland, Dave, David & Sonja
There is not a lot more that I could add to what has already been posted. You can read posts by Dave, David & Sonja (by clicking their links)
I had met David the day before so we were already comfortable with each other's antics. I think he's learning to "loosen-up" a bit. Dave, I had met a couple of years ago at Urban Wasp when he was having his LX50 serviced . He posted on his blog about getting service done that Saturday, so I made it a point to be there so I could sort of "bump" into him, so he really didn't realize that it wasn't a chance encounter.
David and myself had already been on the road for an hour & a half so we were hungry. Notice how everyone is smiling as the waitress takes our breakfast orders . David is so happy to be riding a scooter in Vancouver that his arms seemed to be locked in the
riding position. I'm not sure whether others noticed his riding stance, but I did .
Bloggers are always looking for "new" material to blog about and Dave was no different. I managed to grab a photo of him in action
Dave, the BIG guy on the Small Scooter
We had a leisurely breakfast, did lots of talking & listening and it was time to ride before it got too late. We had many miles to cover but the chatting continued into the parking lot however, eventually we got suited up and were on our way
with Roland taking the lead. We had heavy traffic for the first few miles, and soon we were alone on a nice twisty road heading north towards Buntzen Lake
If you managed to read the LINKS above, you will know that we had a relaxing lunch and time to get to know each other better while seated on the outdoor patio in Horseshoe Bay. David had limited time as he had other family obligations and had to get back to his Hotel but he agreed to stay longer so we could snap some group photos. Time goes fast when you don't want the day to end
We took scenic Marine Drive to and from Horseshoe Bay which has some water views along the way. As our time was cut short, Sonja's suggestion of heading to nearby Whytecliff Park & my intended ride to Eagle Harbour and Pilot Cove will have to wait for David's next visit.
Traffic was very heavy as we approached the Lion's Gate Bridge and we came to a standstill on the Causeway
This is where a scooter with a CVT is more convenient than having to hold in the clutch lever on a manual transmission. We finally made our way to Georgia Street
and it was like a parking lot full of cars . Rush hour seems to last all day, and even on weekends
We are trying to make a left turn at Pender Street, only another block to go. Without a dedicated left turn lane it seems that only 2 cars can make the turn at each light cycle
We eventually escort David safely back to his hotel and say our good-byes. I truly hope that he had a good time in Vancouver