Nov 24th - Along The Tracks

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Nov 24th - Along The Tracks

Post by schouten » Tue Nov 19, 2019 9:34 pm

I've been playing with my mapping toys again and came up with a ride idea. 6:30am start from Fairbucks. Terminating at Plutos.

https://www.strava.com/routes/22698651 (UPDATED: I snipped out the Mill Hill diversion)

The main idea is to meander out via E&N, Portage Park, get to Humpback Reservoir, explore the "Along the Tracks" route that heads over to Goldstream, and then return through Finlayson Arm, Hydro Double Track, Millstream, and then Thetis. A lotta unknown terrain for me. But looks doable. Input welcome!
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Re: Possible Sunday Ride

Post by Rolf » Tue Nov 19, 2019 10:15 pm

Gimme!

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Re: Possible Sunday Ride

Post by rduncan » Wed Nov 20, 2019 8:56 am

6.30 start?

(Blame Rolf. he got us started at 6am last Sunday and I liked it.)
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Re: Possible Sunday Ride

Post by schouten » Wed Nov 20, 2019 9:05 am

I think we'll need to leave early for sure. I was hoping we could get away with 7:00am but maybe 60km needs a 6:30am start. Any other opinions?
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Re: Nov 24th - Along The Tracks

Post by schouten » Wed Nov 20, 2019 6:22 pm

Full disclosure: there is some known hike-a-bike in this route. The northern end of the train tracks requires a short hike to get to goldstream park. Other than that, it should be fairly fluid.
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Re: Nov 24th - Along The Tracks

Post by JTyre » Thu Nov 21, 2019 10:52 am

Ron: sorry, I have to miss this opportunity.

Others: Stay out of hot tubs with Ron. His beard is highly seductive.
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Re: Nov 24th - Along The Tracks

Post by mashby » Thu Nov 21, 2019 6:44 pm

>60km route, >1km elevation, beard-speed pace; I'll bite. Strava says this is a <4h ride, which means I can get home by my 10:30 am curfew!

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Re: Nov 24th - Along The Tracks

Post by amyeee » Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:20 am

I'm in. Look for me at 6:40 in the plaza area, on the downtown side of the Johnson St Bridge.

Posting and committing to the ride now in the hopes that others (of the slower category) will see this and think, "if Amy can do it ..."

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Re: Nov 24th - Along The Tracks

Post by Mike Frankenberger » Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:46 am

I'm in

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Re: Nov 24th - Along The Tracks

Post by Rolf » Fri Nov 22, 2019 12:18 pm

amyeee wrote:
Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:20 am
Posting and committing to the ride now in the hopes that others (of the slower category) will see this and think, "if Amy can do it ..."

Amy
Everyone should feel comfortable joining Sunday gravel rides! Unless posted otherwise, they’re *always* no-drop.

Great you’ll join us, Amy. :D

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Re: Nov 24th - Along The Tracks

Post by schouten » Fri Nov 22, 2019 1:02 pm

I echo Rolf's sentiment. Never a drop ride. Always fun.

And in case you are worried about overly gnarly trails, I don't expect this ride to have that.
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Re: Nov 24th - Along The Tracks

Post by afcook » Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:42 pm

I am (gulp) in
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Re: Nov 24th - Along The Tracks

Post by afcook » Fri Nov 22, 2019 5:44 pm

I am (gulp) in
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Re: Nov 24th - Along The Tracks

Post by schouten » Fri Nov 22, 2019 6:50 pm

Welcome aboard Alan (not Cassels)! Looks like we've mustered a good possie! You roadies will have to take it easy on me during the dreaded Finlayson Arm climb! And absolutely no pace lines!!
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Re: Nov 24th - Along The Tracks

Post by LouiseF » Fri Nov 22, 2019 10:01 pm

I thought the Finlayson Arm climb was being replaced by something less horrendous and not on pavement?

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Re: Nov 24th - Along The Tracks

Post by schouten » Fri Nov 22, 2019 11:27 pm

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Hmmm, well, I might have said that... But I can't think of another route to take at the end of the tracks. And I’ve never ridden that road before. And other riders thought it would be okay...

Oh, come'on. You know you want the rest of the ride... I'll buy you a coffee?

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Re: Nov 24th - Along The Tracks

Post by LouiseF » Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:05 pm

Finlayson Arm and a cup of that bitter, burnt, black stuff??? <insert GIF of yucky face here>

Can you confirm starting time and various meeting options? I'm still fence sitting.

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Re: Nov 24th - Along The Tracks

Post by rduncan » Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:19 pm

Ron. You really need to learn how to ride in a pace line. All these crazy routes you’re putting together means you’ll benefit immensely from pace lining home.
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Re: Nov 24th - Along The Tracks

Post by Rolf » Sat Nov 23, 2019 1:38 pm

Here's one way to skirt Finny Arm Rd.: by hitting the highway briefly and then exploring some new stuff on the southeast slopes of Skirt and Miniskirt Mountains: https://www.plotaroute.com/route/975071.

Elevation's similar, but I think the Bear Mtn. Parkway grades are a little more gentle. Still, there's no interesting and easy way out; it's just bumpy over that way.

Rowntree’s a rush and I’m keen to try the Millstream Lake–SMR connector the “correct” way this week. So I’d prefer sticking with your route, Ron—Finlayson Arm Road and all <uff>!

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Re: Nov 24th - Along The Tracks

Post by schouten » Sat Nov 23, 2019 3:12 pm

6:30 Fairbucks. 6:40 Janion pickup for Amy. After that, somewhere along the E&N for Alan.

L3, we can meet you at the E&N/Goose intersection around 7 if that works for you. Chai Tea latte on me...
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