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Pitt Meadows Ezy Ride

Start with 2 wheels and a saddleNorco 29er

Starting on Ford Rd, the Library  on your left the Coachman’s Pub on the right continue down Ford RdIMG_20141207_142925[1]. Follow Ford Rd past Honeywells on 176th. Right on Wooldridge Rd, great views of the mountains to the north and Mount Baker to the south. It’s not a busy road but still worth wearing your cycle helmet.

You’ll be constantly buzzed from planes from Pitt Meadows regional Airport, but don’t worry, just duck.

After Honeywell’s you’ll see Krystal Creek Riding School on the left.

IMG_20141207_141350[1]I favour a hybrid for this kind of ride so I don’t end up fixing a puncture, but no real rough ground to worry about, not even on the dyke.

Join dyke from road where you see yellow barrier, just past the sign for the Pitt Meadows Gun Club (if you don’t see it you’ll hear it!)

Path separated from Fraser River by nice line of trees. Not sure what kind but they’re silver and they’re Elms.

Halo Wood Mill

Halo Wood Mill

Once on the dyke path good views of farms with Dutch style barns, cranberry fields on left and honey hives on right. Keep pedaling to airport, keep yer head down:-)

My 29er

My 29er

The Halo Wood mill’s an interesting land mark. Always busy with a big pile of woodchips outside. Next stop, Pitt Meadow’s own Heathrow. More happening in the summer than in the winter, but lots of take offs and landings, plus the Runway Café is worth stopping off at.

As you can see, not too busy!

After the airport, turn left off the dyke and back on the road back to Pitt Meadows!IMG_20141207_143510[1]

 

 

 

 

 

Bees make honey

Bees make honey

 

Port Mann Bridge

Port Mann Bridge

Bonson’s Landing Pitt Meadows Dykes walk

EZY HIKE

Atheletico Madrid were 1:0 up on Olympiacos when Shelly turned up this morning with Max for a Sunday morning Dyke walk. The walk I class as Ezy. It’s dead flat, easy to access by foot, car or push bike and you could never get lost.

Max - Good boy, don't jump in the river!

Max – Good boy, don’t jump in the river!

A bit of a preamble, but both Shelly and myself have had heart operations. Me a humble angiogram, Shelly a quadruple bi-pass.  When I had my op, Shell encouraged me to put one foot in front of the other, by referring to “baby steps” .

Max, he's golden and he retrieves things.

Max, he’s golden and he retrieves things

Anyway back to dyke blog. Shell’s dog’s called Max. The wonderful thing about hiking with a dog is you don’t need to wash yer face in the morning as, when you get in the car, you get a good licking! Not sure what breed of dog Max is, but he’s Golden and he retrieves things.

Map of dyke paths

Map of dyke paths

The owner of Max.

The owner of Max.

Directions: Down Harris Road in Pitt Meadows heading south, until you see Waves Coffee Shop, then turn right on Ford Rd. The Coachman’s pub www.jollycoachman.com will be on your right. There’s more than one route that will take you to the dykes, today we went straight down Harris Rd. Don’t take left turn to airport (although that’s another route) continue straight on. There’s a sharp left, then sharp right, then a left turn and you’re at the dykes. Park up. There a wood mill Halo Saw Mill,  (I love the small of woodchips in the morning). You can go left or right. We went left, towards the airport. Though you can’t see the airport at this stage, it’s kind of obvious, as all the small private planes are taking off over your head.

The path

The path

Drop down to woods.

Drop down to woods.

Map

Map

Just keep walking. I rate this walk as EZY, it’s very flat, a well maintained path, just as good for cycling. You’ll meet other walkers, cyclist and dogs. Never seen a bear, but saw a huge eagle today. The river’s on your right going this way round, and it’s too far off for your dog to jump in. Continue to airport. Stop in at The Runway Café www.runwaycafe.ca, for coffee or a bite to eat. Great place you can read up on possible flying lessons there. Then back to walk. After rejoining path, you can walk straight on, but that’s a touch boring as there’s a new industrial estate on the left (hopefully in the future that won’t be boring for local job seekers, fingers crossed, the area needs some employment opportunities).  So take a turn right on a path that leads into the wood and continue in the same direction.  A pleasant wood with more joggers and cyclists.

It's not Heathrow, but rumor has it you can chart a plane to Vancouver Island from here.

It’s not Heathrow, but rumor has it you can charter a plane to Vancouver Island from here.

Next, Bonson’s Landing www.mapleridge-pittmeadows.com. A relatively new housing development, quite tastefully designed, nice architecture with immaculately kept grass lawns. A café, Stomping Grounds Coffee House www.sgbistro.com, a few new businesses some short piers as view- points where I’ve often stood and watched seals as in turn, they watch us.  Then turn round and come back. EZY!

Stomping Grounds

Stomping Grounds

Shelly took this.

Shelly took this. I think it’s me.

On your return journey, pop into Honeyland and enjoy some of their wonderful free samples of fresh honey www.honeylandCanada.com

The bee hives you'll see just off the path.

The bee hives you’ll see just off the path.

 That’s it, an EZY hike:-)

Suggested length of hikes

Suggested length of hikes

Wild life

East Van Cultural Crawl – November 22nd

Yesterday’s Hike: East Vancouver Cultural Crawl is an opportunity to visit the homes and studios of some local East Van artists. Anything from glass blowing to photography, sculpture, weaving and fine art. Something for everyone and the chance to buy! I normally go along with the attention of buying something, no matter how small, it’ll usually be unique or at the very least, a bit special and not available at London Drugs or Canadian Tyre. 

East Van Cultural Crawl

WEAVING at the Cultural Crawl

A nice place to spend your pocket money.

Wonderful colours!

Wonderful colours!

AND YES IT IS A HIKE:-) You’ll cover a few miles of this wonderful traditional working class suburb of Vancouver. A colourful area where domestic homes blend happily with industry,  From China town to Clark Dive and more it’s a good work out with nice spots to eat on route. Take some MONEY:-) You don’t need thousands, they do take plastic. We bought some postcards from azarenia@gmail.com http://azarenia.com and glass blowing http://www.terminalcityglass.com ,  and so many more! OK for nice LOUD colour https://www.matart.ca.

East Van Cultural Crawl

East Van Cultural Crawl

They run classes and have a Newbie Night wit instruction.

They run classes and have a Newbie Night wit instruction.

It’s late, more later. Just to add it was wonderful weather this weekend:-)

Terminal City Glass

Terminal City Glass

Fairhaven

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Now here's something I don't see everyday.

Now here’s something I don’t see everyday. A down town Baptism!

 

I love this town. It’s actually got history! Surrounded by Easy to Intermediate hikes. Great for a generous choice of easy going lazy hikes, which can be combined with wondering round the town later, and going for a bite to eat. So much choice. If that’s not enough, you could catch a ferry to Alaska from here:-)

There are some modest walks around the

The town of Fairhaven

 

town, always visually interesting. We watched a baptism! Then a great variety of brilliant hikes down Chuckanut Drive, including Fragrance Lake, Pine and Cedar Lakes, Chuckanut Ridge Trail and Clayton Beach. It’s at a break into a sweat level, if it’s a hot day.

Lake