|This twisty hill is just outside of East Sooke Park. Pretty Amazing on the bike. |
This weekend was my first as a fully licensed motorcyclist, and it was a weekend full of riding. The weather forecast was pretty iffy for the weekend, cloudy with showers and possibly clearing on Sunday. I woke up early Saturday and dragged Motorcycle Man out of his cozy bed, because we were going riding rain or shine. It was slightly sunny as I got up and got ready, but it changed to showers. We pulled out Lucy and Motorcycle Man's ride (he doesn't have a name for it) and did our pre-check inspection. We kind of tossed out the idea of driving to Duncan, but it started to rain shortly after we got under way, so that altered our plans. We decided to go out to beautiful Sidney for breakfast. Cafe 3 is a tiny little restaurant and it is always busy and there is always a wait. It was well worth the wait. I usually drive Motorcycle Man crazy with snapping pictures of our meal, but today I was too hungry and realized after I scarfed down the Pacific Benny that I had forgotten to take a pic. Let me assure you it was amazing! The Pacific Benny is a crab cake served with egg and hollandaise sauce. OMG it was divine!!! We continued on after our breakfast and took the long lazy way back down West Saanich Road. I love this ride, it is full of twisties and it is a great ride with long lazy curves. It started to pour and it was torrential and it soaked us to the skin. We arrived home chilled, but happy, well at least one of us was. The whole thing about being a newb is even when it is raining it doesn't seem to really bother you. Motorcycle Man on the other hand has been riding for 30+ years and has the been there done that feeling about riding in the rain. Thank goodness he decided to go along on my ride, it says a lot when your spousal unit just does something like this for you. After we got home we settled in and warmed up.
|Saturday's weather was a mixed bag of tricks, mostly rain, but I didn't mind too much.|
|If you come to Vancouver Island, you have to stop in scenic Sidney has have breaky at Cafe 3. |
Sunday morning bloomed full and glorious with sunshine. The minute I saw the sun, I was all but out the door, when Motorcycle Man said, "Whoa, we need to have some breakfast and some coffee first." Darn it, I was hoping we would do destination eating. I whipped up some blueberry pancakes and waited while he leisurely ate them. (Seriously I have a one track mind and it is hard to contain my exuberance sometimes) We decided to go out Sooke way and rode through Metchosin and East Sooke Park. The weather was so nice we meandered down to the beach. We continued eventually into Sooke.
It was GLORIOUS!! The sun was beautiful, the temperature perfect and OH THE TWISTIES!!!!! The road out this way is very twisty and I now know why riders love them so, you get momentum going, you lean into the turn and it is nothing less than perfection. You become one with the bike and it is an exhilarating feeling.
As our afternoon wound down we were feeling a little peckish, so of course we needed to stop and have a little something something. We headed to Mom's Cafe and ordered the salmon corn chowder. It was pretty yummy. What I have been finding about our moto adventures is that there seems to be an element of stopping at little eateries, this is just an added side bonus. While we were at Mom's a group of bikers riding classic motorcycles pulled up for lunch as well. On our way out I snapped some pictures of these beautiful classic bikes. There were 2 beautiful old Harley's with side cars, a triumph, a Norton and a Matchless. Gorgeous bikes. The best part of the day was when Motorcycle Man said to me over a bowl of chowder, "Welcome to the club." That meant more to me than anything!
We had such a wonderful day, I could have gone a 1,000 miles, it was amazing!!!
|Little meander to the beach at East Sooke Park|
|The weather was perfect and it was beautifully warm and I could lazed in the sun for hours|
|A little bit of fall in the countryside|
|This is a little pull off just after the twisties end with a little bridge at the bottom. It was a very popular place for motorcyclists, several came by as we were stopped. |
|Motorcycle Man and his ride|
|There were other 2 wheelers as well, had a lovely chat with the lady who owned one of the bicycles. |
|Another shot of the twisty hill and bridge - bike Nirvana|
|These 2 young guns came ripping around the corner & down the hill & pulled over, they were waiting for traffic to clear so they could take another run at the hill and video each other coming down. I think every motorcyclist on the Island was coming down this hill today. They finally gave up and decided just to go as the traffic was too heavy. |
|What's not to love about a brilliantly sunny day, good riding company and beautiful vintage bikes. |