The weather has been in that elusive “PERFECT'” category for the last several weeks. Don’t often get that do we. Not too hot – not too cold – not too windy – NO RAIN etc. etc.
Paul is a fellow RV full-timer; Solo AND the most important thing is that he is also a fellow Harley Rider !
Paul also has the most unique and completely awesome set-up for loading his bike. Check it out HERE. Joe, If you’re reading this you are going to be totally jealous !!
We met again in Arizona the following year. In the meantime he has been EVERYWHERE !! This guy really puts on the miles. He toured the Maritime Provinces; went to Alaska; been to likely every State in the United States etc. etc. He also spent two months last Spring (I think) in Australia and New Zealand – no, he didn’t take his rig or his bike on that trip.
Sandie sent me an e-mail a few weeks ago to tell me Paul is somewhere in B.C. I e-mailed him and discovered he was less than an hour’s ride from where I am.
He came by the Park to visit.
We took a little run to Harrison Hot Springs where we had lunch and checked out the beach area.
Harrison Hot Springs is really a beautiful little place with lots of sandy beach areas and of course surrounded by B.C’s beautiful mountains. However, now in my ‘elderly years’ I am finding it far too crowded; far too expensive and far too touristy. So we got back on the bikes and took a ride up around the right side of the Lake (or is it a River ??) where there is a gorgeous little day use area with a sandy beach and much less crowded.
First of all the traffic getting into (and out of Vancouver) is INSANE !! Tons of traffic and road construction.
Although I’ve skied both Grouse and Seymour many times ‘back in ‘da day’ I had no memory of how to get there now and what it was like.
We arrived at the Grouse Mountain parking lot only to find that you had to take the Gondola Ride up the rest of the way to see anything. I had Bennie with me so that wasn’t an option. I felt kinda bad ‘cause I think if Paul had been alone he would have taken the ride up.
We stopped for lunch at Tim Horton’s. Paul seemed reluctant as he thought Tim’s was only a donut place. WELL you can’t say you’ve been to Canada without stopping at a Tim’s. I believe he was very pleasantly surprised as we enjoyed a delicious sandwich, a drink and a fresh Boston Cream Donut !
I remembered going to one of these Ski Resorts and the road was very curvy (motorcyclists love curvy roads) and you could see all of the Lower Mainland and the Pacific Ocean off in the distance.
So off we headed to Mount Seymour. Again disappointing. Yes, the road up the Mountain was the same, however, there is no longer any viewing points. Add 30+ years of tree growth and you’ll understand why.
Although it was still early in the afternoon we decided to head back home knowing I had a two hour ride ahead of me.
No, not even one picture taken that day !!
It was great seeing Paul again and catching up and I’m sure we’ll see each other again this Winter in Arizona.
I tried to talk him into staying longer in B.C. but he had reservations booked and is now off to Banff and Jasper.