Maidei continued her world-wind adventures during her TeamEstrogen global cycling relay, but now in western Canada. She boarded on an Air Canada flight from Calgary to Vancouver. She wanted to escape the shenanigans of the annual Calgary Stampede in early July which features bronco horses, chuckwagon races, deep fried foods and nightly drunken partying for
nearly 10 days. Apparently last year there was a steer (a castrated male bull) that broke loose and ran around in the downtown streets before it was caught.
During her first morning in Vancouver, she was led by a local community art team group leader, who talked about the brand-new, pavement art mosaics that were embedded in one of the local parks in East Vancouver, Norquay Park. The series of art mosaics, thematically called, “Clean Water
Mosaics”, were funded by 4 local groups, including the Parks Board for City of Vancouver. There are over 20 different mosaic installations in this area— at the park entrance, by the wading and spray pool, park benches and by children’s sandbox area.
Afterwards she whipped over on a folding bike, to see the Olympic and ParaOlympic Athletes’ Village, a legacy of the 2010 Winter Olympics, where she saw
more outdoor art. She saw its pedestrian bridge built like a curved canoe. However, she disagrees with the artist: it looked more closer to a kayak. There was enough cyclists whirling around in this area, even though she was vacationing on a weekday afternoon.
Later a few hours before sunset, she hung out by the waterfront at Granville Market. From there, she could see the Burrard Bridge, an art deco
bridge with separated bike lanes; Burrard Inlet flowing into English Bay with the North Shore mountains rising above. Goodness, she even noticed a plume of smoke –hopefully not a forest fire there.
All in all, it was an active day. She awaits for the wonders of Vancouver Island the next 2 days.
See Maidei’s earlier adventures in Calgary, Alberta.