A few Coast Riders met up at the A&W to ride to Coquitlam Centre together. Knocked some dust off my Road Captain patch (lol – after my accident I’m barely up to a road corporal) and led to Coquitlam Centre.
As luck would have it, we found an open space to park that would fit our group right near the start point, which saved a lot of idling in the parking lot once the ride started. As more luck would have it, our parking spot was just a little west of a couple of other Coast Riders, Gerry (right, 1st photo) and Lester (centre in the 2nd).
Thousands of bikes rumbled down to the PNE grounds, down roads cleared by the police and volunteers at roadblocks, past old and young out to see the riders go past.
Santa and Mrs. Claus and the Lower Mainland Christmas Bureau were happy to see all the toys, and you can bet some kids will too come Xmas morning.
*** CHANGE IN START TIME ****
The ride leaves Coquitlam Centre at 9:30 a.m. rather than the previous start time of 10:00.
Coast Riders will be meeting at the A&W in Coquitlam, 1355 Lougheed Highway at 8:30 AM. We will leave at 8:45 (ish) to arrive at Coquitlam Centre at 9 am, allowing a little time to look over the thousands of motorcycles before the ride begins. Coast Riders arriving at the A&W that don’t see other Coast Riders around should ride north to St Johns or Barnet and join in where possible.
Here is a synopsis of our trip to Barkerville. 13 bikes met at the Esso Station on Saturday morning, leaving at 9am for the Duffy Lake loop..lunched in Lillooet and arrived in Cache Creek around 4pm..that started a big party at the pool and continued into the night (these people are party animals!!) Sunday morning after ingesting a few pain remedies, three bikes rode back to Vancouver. 10 bikes set out for Wells with Doug B. leading us through two DH side roads between 70 and 100 Mile Houses.. From Quesnel, we rode through some cooler mountains into Wells where we checked into the famous hotel (1930) and parked our bikes in the front and our bottoms in the Pub..This owner has about 240 bottles of single malt scotch for sale. No blends! A few lads spent a few bob in there sipping the gold. Monday, we spent the day looking around Barkerville…one cool spot to visit…neat o . Tuesday back to Cache Creek…the morning ride was cool temperature wise so we had to bundle up. More beers at the pool. Wednesday we left for the Vancouver area…4 bikes went via Duffy Lake and 6 bikes took the Logan Lake, Merritt, Hope route. All roads were dry and the weather was warm but not hot.
All in all, it was one nice trip with great people. Cross Barkerville off our bucket list…Misssion accomplished…glad to have been a part of that group. Pictures will be supplied by other members. “the Donald”
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