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Old June 29th, 2008, 11:26 AM   #1
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Like Bikes? - Critical Mass VANCOUVER

Hey all, I participated for the first time in Critical Mass on Friday evening (June 27th). It was a lot of fun and made for some great exercise as well. It was an excellent way to spend a beautiful summer evening. Unfortunately, some of my pics are a bit blurry since I was on the move while taking them so I apologize in advance.

For those of you who don't know what Critical Mass is here is a link:
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Critical_Mass

Anywho, here are my pics:

Gathering on the front lawn of the Vancouver Art Gallery
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Starting off down Howe Street
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Going up onto the Granville Street Bridge
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Making our way up to Broadway
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Making our way down Broadway
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Coming up to Burrard Street
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Heading up the Burrard Street Bridge
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Turning down Pacific Blvd
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Some of the "corkers" working their magic
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Looking out into English Bay
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Now turning up Denman Street
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Now on Georgia, heading towards Stanley Park
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In Stanley Park
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Coming up to the Lions' Gate Bridge
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Everybody stops on the bridge as the crowd switches direction to head back into the city
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And the crowd eventually turns around and we head down an alternate route, past Prospect Point and beyond (a scenic run but all downhill and quite fast so I don't have much pictures)
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Now back into the West End
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It was a nice evening at English Bay
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And a bit later, my cohorts and I break away from the pack to make our way along the seawall to Gastown for some drinks and a bit of food
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And where I end the evening - throwing back a couple beers on the patio of the Alibi Room
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Old June 30th, 2008, 01:29 AM   #2
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What a comprehensive tour...brings back lots of memories.

It was a looong way, several kilometers...how long did it actually take?

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Old June 30th, 2008, 03:28 AM   #3
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Very interesting these photos!!! Exercise is very good!
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Old June 30th, 2008, 06:33 AM   #4
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I wish I could have been there... I just love how Vancouver is so vibrant.

Looks like you had some nice weather.
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 05:26 AM   #5
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Thanks for the comments everybody.

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It was a looong way, several kilometers...how long did it actually take?
Not too sure. We split off before it ended (whenever that was). We followed it from the start until the group started going down Davie Street just after Stanley Park. I think up to Davie it took about 2 hours, perhaps 2 1/2. I actually took my watch off during the ride so I wouldn't get a watch tan line. I know, I'm so vain!
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 05:33 AM   #6
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Absolutely fantastic photos, Raggedy13. I just spent a week in Vancouver for work and already I miss it...what a beautiful and vibrant place...luckily I live in BC now so I can visit often!
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 06:26 AM   #7
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Cool that was fun. Love the Lion's Gate shots.
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 05:42 PM   #8
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Like bikes? I adore bikes!
Well done Canadian cyclists

Are there a lot of daily cyclists in the canadian cities anyway?
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Old July 2nd, 2008, 06:36 PM   #9
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I don't think that Vancouver is as vibrant as Toronto or Montreal. When I was there it seemed a bit tame.

I am liking Vancouver more and more. Those 3 awful highrises in the 5th to last pic in the West End should be torn down, they make my skin crawl. Which architect is responsible for designing them? Is he incarcerated or in hell?

Anyway the nature in and around Vancouver is as gorgeous as it gets. Too bad the architects from the 50s and 60s couldn't find a way to harmonize with nature.

Ok enough of my negativity. Vancouver on a sunny day on a bike.....Almost as good as sex.
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 03:24 AM   #10
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What a fantastic city
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Old July 3rd, 2008, 07:34 AM   #11
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Wow AWESOME pics!!

If they had one of these here in San Antonio, I would be in it
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