New Westminster can be a tough customer for a cyclist! There’s a reason they call it uptown. So how can the average rider find a comfortable route from downtown to uptown? Frequent rest stops for snacks and beverages at the local eateries, of course!
Begin by trundling your faithful two-wheeled friend to Theresa Mae’s for a hearty slice of toasted fresh baked bread with all day breakfast or soup and sandwich. Heading east, our attention turns to coffee— nature’s ally to the uphill challenged. Staying on Carnarvon, The Hide Out Cafe is a short push up at #716.
Nourished and energized, you’re off to take a chunk out of that hill, and your carbs. Continue on Carnarvon to 6th street, turn left and head up to Clancy’s, to responsibly enjoy a Dead Frog while trivializing, then back to the ride.
Fed, caffeinated, and slightly numbed, you are ready to take on the longest segment of your route, from #140 to 620 6th Street. The sting of hill-climbing will subside with the rising view of The Orange Room on your left, across from the Legion.
You’ve arrived! From old downtown to less-old uptown, your final reward of The Orange Room’s tasty tapas will surely make the arduous climb worth the effort.
From here the choice is yours, but I recommend the same in reverse. Well, ok, not everyone enjoys riding backwards, but the downhill route is just as tasty!