Wednesday, July 16, 2014

Ed is heading home

In order to get an earlier start on Wednesday morning we moved Ed's BMW R1200RT to take off position and packed most of his belongings on Tuesday evening


I have limited space so there is a lot of duck walking required to turn our bikes around and point them out my driveway.   The gravel driveway is sometimes a challenge to keep the rubber side down so to alieviate some stress in the morning I got the bright idea to do it ahead of time


Everything has it's place but sometimes the pieces don't fit and you wondered how the jigsaw fit in the first place.   We were sitting outside, because it was cooler, and chatting away about which route to take and where to stop and I was looking at my dirty bike and decided to give it it's yearly wash


I already cleaned the wheels and suspension bits a couple of weeks ago


and here is the result - -   finally, I have a clean bike to escort Ed out of town

Ed wanted to get on the road by 7am so I was up early and he finalizing his packing.  Soon it was time to head out.   I decided to lead him out of town on the newly opened NFPR:  North Fraser Perimeter Road.  It travels along the banks of the Fraser River and heads East and comes out at 176th Street in Surrey on Hwy 1,  the Trans Canada highway.   This is much easier than having to go through town and then be forced to pay the toll on the Port Mann Bridge.  The NFPR has no tolls and if you are coming into Vancouver, from the East this would be a time saver if you were heading to the southern part of the City (of Vancouver), or Richmond, or Tsawwassen.  This road is so new that it does not show on both of our GPS's

Soon it was time for Ed to depart.  We were actually leaving 20 minutes earlier than 7am


He put on his 'Stitch" with shorts underneath as I told him about how hot it would be when he reached Osoyoos


After a moment or two to set up his Go-Pro,  we were off to Langley which was about an hour away


It's better to top up with fuel when you have a chance.   After a gourmet breakfast, and a bit of chatting and saying our good byes


It was now time to part ways


This is always the saddest part for me and I remembered that day in London, Ontario where we parted ways last Summer, except that it was now his turn to ride the 3,000 miles back home to Toronto and it was me that had the short 1 hour ride home

Ed, safe travels and enjoy the scenery on Hwy 3 through the Mountains


and thank you again for the most wonderful dinner . . .


16 comments:

  1. Nice one Bob, you finally washed your bike. It should be right now for another 2 years.....

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    1. SteveP:

      I was most concerned with the dirt scratching the paint as I have a tank bag. I used to have a Jeep and I never washed that either

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  2. So long Ed, safe travels!

    Bob, I'll cure those sad thoughts. How many more sleeps till the Great 2015 'Vette Armada launch?

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    1. David:

      It reminded me when I was riding alone and I would leave the comfort of "friends". It happened a few times but also when I parted with Ed last year in London, Ontario at an "AutoRoute" stop , or having to leave the comfort of a nice home in Beaconsfield, PQ

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    2. Hi David, we must get together again soon. Are you up for a visitor in August? My wife is taking off for her friends in NL...

      So far, it has been very safe, thanks for the good wishes.

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  3. Must be the bike washing time of year.

    So good of you to se Ed off and the short way out of town.

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    1. Trobairitz:

      The short way out of town still took an hour. We have a mess of urban traffic and then there's the toll if riding over the Port Mann Bridge. The Road was built to give the large trucks a way to cross the city without having to navigate the local roads and give faster access to Hwy99 and I-5

      This road will not show up on your GPS as it was recently opened so it was best for me to escort Ed to Langley, early in the morning

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    2. It was very easy with Bob in the lead. Another debt to repay.

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    3. Safe travels Ed! Bob do you wash the vette more than the bike?

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    4. Dar:

      Believe it or not, I seldom wash the "vette either. I use a California duster to dust it off, I windex the windows and I use a sort of booster wax

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  4. I don't know about your definition of "gourmet breakfast". But it's nice that there is another way in/out of Vancouver.

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    1. Richard:

      Just because the gourmet breakfast place is in the background doesn't necessarily mean that we went there.

      I am not sure if the North Fraser Perimeter Road shows on Garmin maps yet as it was just opened. It is very fast to get out of town and puts you East near 176th and Hwy 1, also you miss having to pay the toll on the Port Mann Bridge.

      more info here

      http://www.sfprhighway17.ca/

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    2. Gourmet can mean:

      1) the company you are eating with

      2) Having Bob insist on sharing a serving of hash browns...

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  5. So next year in Key West Mickey D is not on the menu. A media noche and con leché is the proper start to a journey from these latitudes.

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    1. Michael:

      The only reason for Micky-D is to use their WiFi. You don't always get WiFi at those other places. I've never had a con leche, or the noche, whatever those are. We do have cafe au lait and other French named beverages. I hope they have Cuban sandwiches . . .

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  6. Have a great ride back Ed and safe travels ... I know you couldn't have had a more accommodating host.

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