Another long ride usually means another lesson… and usually multiple lessons. Having GPS, or at least knowing the names of the streets on the route you’ve planned, seems to be a good idea. I set out with the intent of climbing to SFU via the Burnaby Mountain Urban Trail, took a wrong turn, and ended up climbing hills that almost made me wish I was on Gaglardi Way. I found myself in a townhouse complex that had forest in between it and Gaglardi and decided to push/carry my bike through the 100 or so feet of semi-dense wooded area. It was a great experience and I found myself more at home navigating the climb with my feet than on two wheels. I made a mental note to get in more hours on the saddle and the opportunity came when I was greeted by the next challenge: Gaglardi Way. I hopped back on to the bike and started up to the university slowly. I tried to not look at signs, the mountain or anything else stationary, as seeing the oncoming cars and ground underneath me moving fast gave a false sense of speed, which really helps. With encouragement via a wave from a passing cyclist and constantly looking at my wristband bearing the words of “Ride to Conquer Cancer”, it was much easier to keep going when I felt like giving up. Before I knew it, I was at the top and looking at the great building called Simon Fraser University. I’ve heard that it was designed by a man who also designed a prison with a very high suicide rate but, to me, it was beautiful and inviting. I looked at it for all of probably 8 seconds before turning and barreling down the mountain at breakneck speeds. It was well worth it.
Climbing the Mountain
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