Total Distance: 189 miles
Average Speed: 14.2 mph
Total Elevation Gain: 7115 ft
This past weekend Heather, Ashley, Josh and I biked from Seattle, WA to Vancouver, BC.
Seattle to Bellingham
Average Speed: 14.2 mph
Elevation Gain: 4400 ft
|Elevation profile from Seattle to Bellingham|
At the start line, one of the swag items we got were fanny packs. Ashley was in love. Since there were only 2 food stops per day (comparable to other rides which have stops every ~15 miles) we had to bring a lot of food as well as all our fuel with us. Ashley rocked hers both days, I wore mine just on the first day.
|tall purple people|
There were some mechanical difficulties on day 1 for Josh. At mile 12 we went over a bump and his seat fell off. Fell off! He got picked up by a support vehicle and met us at the first rest stop (~35 miles).
|flat tire 1|
|tube from flat tire|
|side of road waiting|
|view from Chuckanut|
Bellingham to Vancouver
Average Speed: 14.1 mph
Elevation Gain: 2500 ft
We woke up at 6am on Saturday and were ready to go by 6:30am. Layers of sunscreen on again.
|Bellingham to Vancouver elevation profile|
One of the higlights was passing through the Canadian border around mile 26. They opened up a car lane for just bikes and barely glanced at our passports and race numbers, we didn't even have to take off our helmets or sunglasses.
The finish was at the Coast Plaza Hotel in downtown Vancouver and it was a little anticlimatic. I am used to the Seattle to Portland finish which ends in a large park where for the final mile, there are people lining the streets, giving high-fives, loud music and lots of finish line vendors. Granted, there are also about 10,000 people that do the STP where for the RSVP, there were about 1500. For the RSVP, we turned onto the street and were immediately directed to go down into the underground parking tunnel. Dodging cars down there, we stored our bikes in the secured section and headed back up the ramp (didn't know where the elevator was) and wandered around to the front of the hotel. We asked some people where we should go and they pointed inside where there was the finish line party. We received a coupon for free food OR beer and had to buy tickets for anything else. A burger cost $7.75 and beer $6.75. We used the ticket for food and bought beer which was the Canadian equilavent of Bud Light (not tasty). Plus, it was less than a pint so I wasn't too happy about paying nearly $7 for a tiny amount of cheap beer. The outside seating was beyond packed so we found a table inside but the DJ had the music blasting way too loudly that we could barely hear each other while sitting beside each other. Needless to say, we didn't stay for a second beer.
Our fantastic friend Danielle drove my car up from Seattle and picked us up from the hotel (which was booked) and drove us to the other hotel we stayed in. We showered and went to a brewery in Gastown for second dinner. Heather and Josh went to bed after dinner and Danielle, Ashley and I wandered around for another couple of drinks before walking back to the hotel.
Oddly enough, I am not sore from the ride. The first day I had some achy joints and I was a little stiff after the car ride back but that has gone away already and I feel fine. I loved being about to spend such great quality time with my friends!