Sunday is a regular non-riding day and while we usually have brunch in the surrounding area, on the outskirts of the City, today we decided to go down to Yaletown, an upscale area with many restaurants .
This used to be an undesirable area with dozens of warehouses but has transformed over the years with many high priced condominiums.
The streets and sidewalks are narrow and parking is a premium, if you can find a spot to park your car
We felt a bit out of place amongst the Audi's, Beemers, Lexus and other premium models
Since there are few lanes in this area the garbage bins are displayed in full view on the main street . We did not have reservations and it was a full house in the restaurant so we had to suffer with a window seat, counter style.
We were not the only ones forging for a meal as we noticed
a street resident also looking for his next meal. Homelessness is often a lifestyle choice
They do not ask for handouts nor do they beg for money as many of the younger people of the street who choose not to work, and work the system to their advantage.
Saturday was another iffy day. It started with spitting rain as I left home and headed towards Steveston to have breakfast with the guys. The forecast was for on and off scattered showers. I don't drink a lot of coffee but I usually have one cup in the morning at work and I have become addicted to a certain Vietnamese brand which is sold at this oriental market .
I do not like the taste of the Company supplied brand
I am trying to sort out my riding gear to make sure it is leakproof. I had a problem a couple of weeks ago where I got some water into my waterproof AlpineStar riding boots. I also had a big problem a couple of years ago coming back from Oregon in 8 hours of continuous rain. My boots are Waterproof but when I bend my legs my pants ride up a bit and then the wind causes the water to ride up and over the lip of my boots and then dribbling inside where it forms a little lake in the bottom. I have been experimenting with rain pants but they ride up too. So I got the bright idea to try a pair of Gaitors
This week was not a good week for spending money as I did my tax return and found that I owed the Government BIG money so I sent my check/cheque off and they cashed it already. Then I received a notice from my private insurance company letting me know that my excess Insurance is due for renewal (for both bikes) so I also headed down to my Agent and paid them too. Here in BC you have no choice but to buy basic insurance from ICBC (Government), but I can buy supplementary coverage from a private insurer which is much, much, much cheaper.
So I plan to wear rain pants over my riding pants, and then wear these gaiters on top of my riding boots. Naturally I had to test them out. There are also a couple of grommeted holes at the bottom to tie them under the heal to keep them in place
Since I was in a limited spending mode I also bought a new pair of shorts. During hot weather I like to wear shorts under my riding pants and I like the ones with zippered pockets. These shorts are also a big longer than normal. I would have preferred them to be Capri length but they only make them for the ladies, not that there's anything with men wearing them.
Oh, and to Martha . . .
I found a Taco Bell in Cloverdale, BC. Perhaps one day I will give them a try