Official temperatures for Vancouver, BC are recorded at YVR: Vancouver International Airport. Those that don't know our area don't know that the airport is located on Sea Island right on the water where the cool breeze coming from the ocean blows onto the little thermometer that the weather people use which causes the temperature readings to be lower than what it actually is.
Sunday we broke a 60 year record when the official recorded temperature went up to a blistering 20.7°c but that was at YVR. We were only a few miles East of the airport in Richmond where it reached 23°c, and in the middle of the Fraser Valley in Abbotsford it went up to the high 20's where it is normally 5°c higher than in the City
I had been planning my cross country motorcycle trip for the past year and in an effort to save insurance expenses I let my Vstrom insurance lapse during mid July as I knew that I wouldn't be riding it for most of the year. I bought my BMW last September but I hardly had time to get familiar or bond with it. I was merely just riding it to here and there to get all the neglected maintenance performed. Not wanting to ride a bike across the Continent without some riding practice I decided to insure my R1200R late May and then I rode it more or less, exclusively until I left on my 6 week tour on July 10th, 2013. This gave me a bit over a month to get used to it. I have probably mentioned it before that insurance is expensive here in British Columbia because we have compulsory Government Insurance and you have to pay the full rate for each vehicle even though you cannot drive/ride all of them at one time. To give you an example, I am in the lowest risk class with 44% discount and I still have to pay over $1,700 for my Beemer, and then another $1200. for my Vstrom. I still have my commuter car (another $1,800.) and then I have my Corvette Roadster which is around $140. per month. I wasn't going to insure it at all this year, but I did . . .
I drove it a couple of times but I parked it in June and didn't use it again until the last week of August when I returned home. I have not even used a tank of gas this year so on Sunday, which is a non-riding day I dusted it off and away we went. How nice it was to not have to wear a helmet nor riding gear
We went down to Richmond to have brunch with friends, then we went for a ride around UBC and ended up at Spanish Banks (a large beach area)
It was a day to enjoy. The sun was shining and our torrential rains stopped
Of course I brought my camera, the larger dSLR Canon and snapped a family portrait with Vancouver in the background
I saw all the logs and couldn't resist jumping over some of them
Then it was back to serious business . . . another family photo
It was warm in the sun but you could feel the chill in the air if you were in the shade. You probably didn't notice that I had to slip into my jeans instead of wearing my trademark shorts. I know, soon I may even have to wear a jacket and (gasp!) shoes instead of sandals
I am even wearing my new long-sleeved T-shirt which gives me fond memories of my trip this summer and all the friends I met along the way.