Some big trees down in Princess Park in a couple sections right near the exit to the trail under the power lines (for anyone who uses that route as a ride out). Needs a bit of hike a bike under and over, so still passable.
I'll be cooling off my jet lag on Saturday, assembling my bike and want to do some bike shop gawking and buy a new helmet (bell super 2r probably).
Any shop recommendations in Vancouver?
If you're at the foot of Fromme, Lynn Valley Bikes at Mtn Hwy and Lynn Valley Road should be closest. Great guys, know their stuff and they have Bell helmets.
Seventh / Ladies on Fromme might be a good lap. There's some new woodwork on Seventh and classic moves on Ladies with the roller coasters, some skinnyish ramps, the teeter-totter (although the ponds would be better to see when they're full). I don't think you can fit more 'classic shore' into one trail than Ladies.
I found the following link helpful for set up on the Pike:
The biggest issue I had was getting the initial air pressure right. The recommended air listed on the fork leg (step 1 in the link) was way off for me. I'm about 215lbs and am only running about 76lbs with a volume spacer in the chamber.
I've had Blackspire Sub 4's on for a few years and they've been great. I think they're called sub-420's now.
All of the Kamaole beachs are great for kids, but there's a resident turtle that's pretty friendly off the point on Kamaole III that doesn't seem to mind snorkelers. The beach in front of the Makena Beach Resort is fantastic too. A little tricky to find the public access, but well worth it for sun, swim and snorkeling.
Haleakala is a must see. Go early before clouds roll in. We went down to Paia on the north shore afterwards for some lunch and to watch windsurfers at Hookipa. It has tourist type shops but still feels local and laid back.
Costco for food, but there's also a Safeway just north of Kihei which wasn't too pricey.
If you have an iPad, get the Maui Revealed app. It has great suggestions for beaches, food, etc. Highly recommend it.
ICBC should be privatized, it is as silly for the gov't to be in the insurance business as it is for them to be in liquor.
I think there are a few challenges with privatizing ICBC. One is that ICBC does other things besides insurance, such as vehicle registration, licensing and road safety. There may be an arguement to keep these as government-run, but I wonder how much they would cost on their own without the larger revenue stream from premiums helping to cover some of the fixed costs.
ICBC also gets stuck with insuring mediocre to bad drivers that private insurers can decline coverage to - thats how they keep their rates low, by insuring drivers less likely to incur a claim. BC residents would be up in arms if they had to pay super high rates and/or not get insured by a marketplace with only private insurers (to which I would say boo-hoo, maybe you should change your driving habits or take a driving course or two).
Not to say it couldn't or shouldn't happen, but its a bit more than just privatizing an 'insurance company'. I personally would like to see them change the way they evaluate drivers and risk. Today, they insure the vehicle. I think they should insure the driver based on a combination of their demographics, driving record and vehicles registered to them.
I've met this woman (the hiker) on several occasions while riding down that area on Fromme. She has always been polite, talkative and I've never sensed any aggression from her. I posted similar information on a previous post on NSMBs FaceBook post on the issue, which was deleted for some reason. I find it very unfortunate that this issue occurred and that the media has (in my opinion) escalated it into this "war in the woods" and that she might not return to hike the trails she has for many years.