The rain finally did its work enough for me to make it over the Lions Gate Bridge (and the Burrard) yesterday on my bike. It was dull in the afternoon as I headed home, but I took a couple of pictures from the bridge, just because it felt so good. Looking way down, I saw these birds. They're ducks, I think, but the coloring seems a bit different. Could they be strange looking seagulls?They swam, almost in formation, and then approached these cormorants on my favorite rock.
The commute was relatively easy, but I had to push my bike through some crazy snow on the side streets first. I took this picture later in the evening, from Bill's truck.
The main streets and bridges were mostly clear. I had to watch coming off the bridges though. This met me as I came off the Lions Gate on my way home in the afternoon.
Looking towards Vancouver after crossing the bridge, just a small section had to be walked.
Occasionally, there were strange piles of dirty snow/debris to work around.
In the morning, I had just one incident to make the commute memorable. A pothole at the SW corner of Broadway and MacDonald caught me by surprise. I flew off the bike, landing mostly on my left knee and left elbow. My helmut cover came off, and my back light, attached to the cover, came apart. Fortunately, aside from a hole in my rain pants and one in my jacket, and a little swelling/scrape, all was well. A few curse words, a relieved check to see my bike and I were all in one piece, and we continued on our way. This picture does not do the depth of that hole justice. Bill sees a fish in the photo. Do you see it? There's an eye and a mouth and once he pointed it out to me, it became as clear as could be. The rectangular thing (soggy bus transfer?) doesn't fit, though.
An almost 62-year-old knee is not pretty at the best of times. Add a little swelling and color, and it becomes decidedly gross. Anyhow, here it is. This morning, it feels pretty good. I'm thankful it wasn't worse.
If any cyclists read this blog, and are riding this morning, all I can say is, "Watch out for pot holes!"