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Sunday, April 21st Cross Ride - EASTER BRUNCH EDITION

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:05 pm
by schouten
Well, it's the end of the week so that means I'm getting really excited about a Cross Ride AND the weather forecast looks good for Sunday!!

I'd like to take a another crack at Hartland if there are any takers, Last week went fairly well but we missed the Thetis connection. If we keep along the West side of Hartland we can then more easily connect to Thetis. Meeting the friendly lady and cutting through hew backyard was nice and all but best not to plan that in advance. So the route would be:

1:00pm Fairbucks (1:30pm Switch Bridge) - > Colquitz/Interurban - > Hartland -> Thetis - > Coffee

I estimate about 50km. I've been assured that there are CXable trails on the west side of Hartland, but expect an adventure. Anyone with Hartland knowledge please share. I'll try to post a better map of the route.

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Re: Sunday, April 21st Cross Ride

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:30 pm
by LouiseF
Hey Ron,

That sounds awesome and I was just about to join in til I remembered that this weekend is easter sunday. No way can I skip the egg hunting....ever considered a late afternoon CX ride? :wink:

L3

Re: Sunday, April 21st Cross Ride

Posted: Thu Apr 18, 2019 2:03 pm
by schouten
LouiseF wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:30 pm
....ever considered a late afternoon CX ride? :wink:
Doh, good point. I might have the same problem. Let me discuss with my wife and get back to you...

Re: Sunday, April 21st Cross Ride

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 10:30 am
by schouten
I'm clear for either morning or afternoon as we are doing our egg hunt on Saturday now.

L3, I would budget about 3-4 hours for the ride depending on pace. Does a 1:00pm start work for you?

Re: Sunday, April 21st Cross Ride

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 1:10 pm
by JTyre
LouiseF wrote:
Thu Apr 18, 2019 1:30 pm
No way can I skip the egg hunting....ever
I knew that Greg was crazy over Santa and goblins, but Easter eggs too! He’s downright adorable,

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Regrettably, I’m out of town on Sunday, but can vouch for L3 for knowing Hartland better than any of us.

Re: Sunday, April 21st Cross Ride

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 5:11 pm
by Greg F
Of course! I mean, the Easter Bunny works so dang hard making those eggs, we can’t let them go to waste!

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Re: Sunday, April 21st Cross Ride

Posted: Fri Apr 19, 2019 7:48 pm
by schouten
That is an unsettling, mesmerizing animated gif. Now my kids are wondering why I'm giggling and I can't share!

Re: Sunday, April 21st Cross Ride

Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 7:26 am
by LouiseF
Hi Ron, the kids seem ok with my afternoon departure. They'll be in a chocolate coma by then anyway. I know a few of the CX friendly trails at the dump but I'll need to consult with someone with better navigational skills to get us through the Hartland to Thetis bit. Maybe we can bring Rolf by earpiece?

You suggested 1 pm. Maybe meet at switch at 130?

Re: Sunday, April 21st Cross Ride - EASTER BRUNCH EDITION

Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 12:11 pm
by schouten
Most excellent Louise! I've put together a neat little route to get to the Hartland Parking Lot:

https://www.strava.com/routes/18280964 (Plotting routes is a strangely addictive activity- and now I really want a Garmin for turn-by-turn navigation assist)

Once there, we can use your know-how and a Trail Forks toe-tap to connect to Thetis. See you at 1:30pm!

JT: see you next week :D

Re: Sunday, April 21st Cross Ride - EASTER BRUNCH EDITION

Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 2:06 pm
by LouiseF
Sounds good Ron. Going into Mt. Work from where you suggest means some grunty climbing on the regional trail but we can come down on the new skull trail which is fantastic, then back in on upper shock treatment to 2nd Ave- Kokanee Hwy - Two trees, also fun and challenging by CX bike. Then I think we'll end up on Madonna/North Trail (help me out here someone who knows better) and out on one of those roads that leads to Munn's. Somehow we'll get to thetis-ish.I might have consult the master navigator for some help with that part.

I'd try to plot it if I had any idea how!!!

Re: Sunday, April 21st Cross Ride - EASTER BRUNCH EDITION

Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 6:29 pm
by LouiseF
Ron,

We will be joined by two friends of mine - Rob and Graham. Both did the cross fondo. Rob was not impressed so tmrw is our chance to prove to him that CX IS fun. Graham knows hartland like the back of his hand. We'll be in good hands, at least until we pop out somewhere on munn's. At which point we may have to call Rolf.

Graham and I conferred a bit on route and are thinking that your's might be unnecessarily grueling for egg-bellies. How about the route you planned but instead of viaduct we stay on the glendale trail to interurban rail trail - head onto prospect and up executive into the dump. From there we climb regional trail but just past pooh corner, steep and nasty but not long. Then the flow of skull, followed by all the other stuff I mentioned earlier. Graham will not get us lost.

Sound good?

Dolly, you coming?

Re: Sunday, April 21st Cross Ride - EASTER BRUNCH EDITION

Posted: Sat Apr 20, 2019 9:40 pm
by Dolly
Yes, how could I miss a ride with those fun trail names??
See you at switch bridge. Hippity Hoppity!!

Re: Sunday, April 21st Cross Ride - EASTER BRUNCH EDITION

Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:01 am
by schouten
Eggcellent...

Let's keep Rolf on speed dial.

Re: Sunday, April 21st Cross Ride - EASTER BRUNCH EDITION

Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:36 am
by Rolf
Happy Easter, dudes! Hope you have a great ride. I'm really keen to explore South Prospect Lake Park someday.

But what's all this about invoking my name on losing your way? As constrained as we are by responsibilities and our predictable, hyper-structured lives at middle age, half the fun is getting lost! So when you don't know where you are, savour and revel—and then stumble about until you find something you recognize. I believe in you.

And remember to keep reminding L3 that lions are rarely spotted in Hartland/Thetis.

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Re: Sunday, April 21st Cross Ride - EASTER BRUNCH EDITION

Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 12:06 pm
by Greg F
<sigh...> Thanks Rolf...

Ron, Dolly, L3 is going to be a little late...
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Re: Sunday, April 21st Cross Ride - EASTER BRUNCH EDITION

Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 2:31 pm
by JTyre
Rolf wrote:
Sun Apr 21, 2019 10:36 am
As constrained as we are by responsibilities and our predictable, hyper-structured lives at middle age, half the fun is getting lost! So when you don't know where you are, savour and revel—and then stumble about until you find something you recognize.
Friends, is it just me or is Rolf getting extra Zen on us these days?

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I think he needs to get back on his crosswheels, ASAP.

Re: Sunday, April 21st Cross Ride - EASTER BRUNCH EDITION

Posted: Sun Apr 21, 2019 5:50 pm
by schouten
Yes, the cycling philosopher seems a little off kilter. Nothing a little cram won't sort out.

P.S. the ride was fantastic. Thanks for the Hartland tour!