|Kidical Massive Vancouver, September 19, 2015. It's raining, it's pouring, we're biking anyway!|
|Tugboat Festival at Granville Island September 19-20|
|Soggy family portrait/MEC raingear ad|
We biked along the seawall to Granville Island. The rain & cool weather kind of sucked though I was pretty dry in my newish Nau rain trench with my old MEC Cyclone rain pants & leopard print gumboots. The kids both wore their hand-me-down MEC Newt suits. The upside of the miserable weather was that the seawall was near deserted. We could ride along without having to dodge groups of pedestrians walking six abreast or errant dogs crossing our path on extendable leashes.
|Clambering up the CMFV Glendyne 'stairs'|
There were about ten tugboats moored to the docks right next to the Public Market. We made a beeline for the biggest of them: the CFAV Glendyne. This tug is huge: 29 metres long & over 9 metres wide! Most of the ship was open to the public, so we climbed up the ladders (they're far too steep to be called stairs) to the three decks, checked out the galley, the bathrooms, the bridge, & the anchor, the huge towing winch on the back. Linnaeus asked tons of questions of the friendly crew & Bronte managed not to break anything or fall overboard. Win!
|From the brass & wood bridge of the SS Master|
Our Kidical Mass ride was likely the smallest one participating in Kidical MASSive--Seattle had over 220 riders!--but I'm glad we didn't chicken out because of the rain. It ended up being a fun day. I'm really looking forward to the next YVR Family Biking ride--Hallowe'en themed, of course! I'll post the details soon...
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