In and around Surrey: 52km
Saturday, September 13, 2014.
Sunny and hot. 28C.
We both slept in today, it was nearly 10 o’clock when we got up. No teachers on the picket line so no honking at 8 o’clock to wake us up. A stroll to the coffee shop and back helped to work up an appetite. After breakfast we carried the bikes downstairs and got organized for today’s ride.
We began by heading west on a bike path that follows a hydro line and skirts the southern edge of Tynehead Regional Park.
This trail took us to hwy 15 where we turned south and bombed down a steep hill with a 10% grade. At the bottom was a farm market so we stopped and bought BC nectarines, peaches and pears. We ate the pears right away. Farther south, hwy 15 led us to Cloverdale – the historic center of Surrey- where we stopped at the drugstore. I needed a new toothbrush because I sacrificed mine yesterday for scrubbing our bike chains.
Our destination today was Redwood Park and Hwy 15 was almost a direct route there. On the way we had another great view of Mt. Baker looking majestic in the west.
Finally, after a short hike up a steep hill and a shortcut through a schoolyard, we arrived at Redwood Park. Right away we found a picnic table and took our lunch break. When we had finished eating we spent some time wandering through the park. There was lots of shade to be had and we enjoyed as much as we could. Especially under this giant.
Not sure what kind this tree is, as the park has over thirty species of exotic trees.
When we were finished in the park we decided to keep heading south. The Peace Arch was only a few kilometers away and we thought that it would be worth the trip.
We decided against crossing the border and began our pedal home from the Arch. It wasn’t long before we came across a bus stop, but there was already someone there waiting with a bike, so we pedalled on. A little farther up the road we saw a bus at the side of the road and another bus stop beyond that. Turns out that the bus would be leaving in a few minutes so we waited for a ride.
By this time it was going on 5 o’clock and it was a pleasure to watch Surrey go by out the window. The bus dropped us off near Tristan’s place in Guildford. From there we rode another few kilometers to pick up our supper.
It was 7 o’clock by the time we got back and we were both ready to put our feet up. We had a tasty supper and are excited to be having an early night.