The last time I was in Vancouver, I noticed the hotel I stay at, The Pinnacle Hotel, offers free bike rentals. I missed that opportunity on my first visit in March, but this time I was determined. In the beginning of my trip I focused on work and doing some low key things. Before I knew it I was at the end of my trip, so on my last full day in Vancouver after whale watching I set out for a little excursion to Deep Cove, a coastal city in North Vancouver (you can see it on the map below). When I mapped out my route, it seemed simple enough. What I hadn't realized was how hilly it would be to bike along the water. I assumed since it was a coast route the terrain would be very level. The many hills and speedy cars made me unsure that I could make it back to the hotel. When I reached the base of another hill, I decided to head back to the hotel. (Besides, I only had two hours on the bike and I was nearly the first hour.) I only ended up biking the 6.3 miles of the 7.8 miles to the city. Below is the actual route I ended up biking. A total of 13 miles of blissful biking.
I love biking.
Obviously I couldn't photograph much while I was biking, so I snapped a few pictures when I took water breaks or looked at the map. I passed by a lot of trees and trains. The coastal route was along the coast, but hidden away a bit from the water. For the most part I had to ride with the cars. I was very scared at some points.