We are starting a new three season series of S24O monthly group rides. A S24O, as coined by Rivendell’s Grant Peterson, is a Sub 24-hour Overnighter, which shifts the focus of riding from fitness/competition to utility. The rides are typically short jaunts, at a casual pace as a means of getting “out” and away from the city to camp-away the evening in the wild.
We found ourselves faced with a question when we picked up the current Georgia Straight and it’s feature: “Get out of Town – Great destinations within driving distance of the lower mainland” :
What if you don’t have a car? Or perhaps you do have a car but you want to get out of town without driving?
Immediately, the hamster wheel starts turning. Ok, this is Vancouver. BC. Ca-na-da. The wild is just out there, right? But is it? The Georgia Straight lists drive-able destinations as far flung as Nelson (658km) and Barkerville (750km). Wow. On a list of only ten BC suggestions, do you really have to drive the return equivalent of crossing the length of Belgium 4 times?!? Sure, some of those are clearly not overnighters, but at what point in 15 hours of driving does “get-away” become “damn serious road trip?” Anyway, the question is, what if you have a weekend, you chose to bike, and want to bring a tent?
Sure, we all know a few bike-able sites, but thinking of a dozen is really tough. This is Canada? So, we’re going to lead some rides. We searched long and hard for adequate, local and truly “wild” places to camp. These aren’t RV-prepped lawns in Langley. These sites are accessible at a casual, no-drop-ride pace leaving after work on Friday evening to be at the site before dusk. They will have various levels of amenities, and the maximum distance of most is about 50km riding (about 2-2.5 hours casual pace). We return Saturday morning to be home for lunch and you’ll have the full weekend remaining!
Many of these places we haven’t even been to ourselves and some of them will be an adventure to get to. So, get your bags dusted off, some bungee cords or a rack, a tent and a sleeping bag and join us for some outdoor fun!
Stay tuned for ride announcements, you know, if you think you can handle a little wildabout.