October 21, 2010

local silent hill – barnston island

it’s been a while since i updated, quite a bit has happened i think, or just… big changes, like i got laid off (whaaa…), and then 67 hours later, i got a new job (yay!!), i’ll be working along side with a friend surely and my old scrum overlord master at Reinvent, but anyway this is not what this post is about ;p

for about 2 months, my head was filled with the determination of doing “ride to conquer cancer” event, where you bike from here all the way to seattle in 2 days, and everyone thinks it’s insane, but i just think it’d be SO AWESOME, to do something crazy like this, and accomplish it, it sounds sooo fun. So first things first, i needed to rally up some allies to go through this, so i asked my buddies romo and branflakes to go for a training ride with me, and i found a perfect beginner distance bike route to do too, the weather was perfect, so we set out to ride on a sunday afternoon, to barnston island

we left from brans house, rode down 160th, all the way over the highway, and took the wrong way to go towards the ferry on 176th and paid for it by climbing a giant hill to go back on track, we rode down this super hill into an industrial area, and got on this tiny 4-car barge to go across the river,  and landed on the island. The island is about 10 km all the way around, there’s a rest point just under 2km away if you go left, or about 8km if you go right, since we weren’t tired yet, we took the long way. The island is pretty flat, but bumpy ish, and very few people, no cars at all, so it was pretty nice and relaxing. After a while, people disappeared, houses were disappearing as well, and it was just us on the road, and we found mike (&) roma’s house, and this island was just crazy

for probably the next 6km, which seemed like forever, it was just nothing, farmland, and one straight road, our “special” area were all in pain, and this was only half of the trip lol, we saw a cool goat farm, i took pics and tweeted while i was riding, we finally got to the rest area and recovered for about 10 min, and started to make our way back

the way back home was just a pain, we took 176 st all the way for a shorter route, right off the ferry it’s one giant hill up, but there’s nothing else to do but man it up, we went over the highway and rode straight back to brans on 160th, and i had hot pot all you can eat afterwards, romo had the best donair and ice cream (so he said), and bran… rested

see why i wear sexy tight biking shorts now? where we going next?


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Barnston island adventure – total distance ~30.1km (17.9km going, 12.1 back), total time ~3 hours

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