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Old 07-02-03, 08:03 AM   #1
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I found a hill!

Just got back from a short vacation to Canada's west coast...and I found out what all the fuss about hills is!

We spent a couple of days in Vancouver, where I rented a bike (Norco Bush Pilot), from West Point Cycles. With the hills there, I can see that even riding casually you're bound to get in shape riding up and down some pretty steep inclines.

Vancouver seems like a very bike friendly place, with lots of marked bike lanes, and traffic light controls within reach of the curb. In a lot of the residential areas there are traffic islands at the intersections, making them a hassle for motorists, but not affecting cycle traffic, and they are marked as bike routes. I saw a lot of roadies training on Marine Drive, by the University, and it seemed like a great place to ride.

We spent the last part of the week in Victoria, and were able to borrow bikes from relatives.

We had a couple of good rides along the ocean on Dallas Drive, and again there are a couple of good hills there. Lots of cyclists there as well, including roadies which I don't see as much of at home here.

Well I'm back home now, and looking for hills - I guess I'll have to stick to the bridges and on ramps to get my hill fix!
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We had a couple of good rides along the ocean on Dallas Drive, and again there are a couple of good hills there. Lots of cyclists there as well, including roadies which I don't see as much of at home here.
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Yes, this is a beautiful ride; I rode and walked it when I was staying in Victoria. It is littered with lovely houses, some great beaches, yacht clubs and spectacular view of the Olympia Mountains. Did you have a chance to ride on the Galloping Goose?

Speaking of hills, I did a short cycle tour from Winnipeg to the Whiteshell and back last week and it was a great ride with many challenging hills and nice scenery.
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Galloping Goose? If I did, I wasn't aware of it.

Which route did you take to the Whiteshell, Hwy 44 or the Trans Canada?
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I took Dugald Rd. to 44 on to Westhawk Lake and back on 44 to 307 and back on 44 to Beausejour then side roods to Bird'sHill and on to home.

The Galloping Goose is the Vancouver Island part of the Trans Canada Trail. It runs threw Victoria. The Galloping Goose was an old passanger train.

Tommorow or the next day I am heading out to Portage La Prairie and head south and come back along 2, 3, or 23. Have you cycled any of those?
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I've only done Hwy's 2/3 from Oak Bluff a few miles. I've used Hwy 26 to Portage when the MS 150 went that route.
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