Even the best laid plans go awry. Three mapping systems (Nokia Here Drive, MapFactor Navigator and Google Maps)) failed to deliver reliable information ... I made wrong turns, missed turns, signs were confusing, etc. By 2:00 PM, I realized that we were way behind schedule, only about half way through Vancouver.
It was time for plan "B." We took the Skytrain to the Waterfront station. From there, a 15-minute Seabus ride landed us in North Vancouver at the Lonsdale Quay. From there, it was a 15-mile ride to Horseshoe Bay. But the fun wasn't over yet. The first half of the Marine Drive route was very busy traversing towns and heavy traffic. We only made a wrong turn once. The last half of the route was scenic with moderate traffic but the narrow twisty road had no shoulders so we had to be very cautious. The final leg took twice as long as expected. We arrived in Horseshoe Bay Village at 5:00 PM.
Our night lodging, the Horseshoe Bay Motel, was a pleasant surprise ... the interior was nicely rennovated with nice decor within walking distance to everything in the small village situated next to the ferry terminal. After checking in, we walked to the Troller Ale House which had excellent grub (great calamari) and a large selection of craft beer on tap. Spectacular views of Howe Sound was a bonus.
It was an adventure today trying to figure out the best way to navigate a bike through the Vancouver metropolis. Perhaps some day I will spend two or three days configuring the best route using as many bike paths as possible. Vancouver can be frustrating for touring bikers. For those that want to simplify things, ride to Surrey. From there, take the Skytrain to the Waterfront station (downtown Vancouver). Then hop on the Seabus to Lonsdale Quay, North Vancouver. Both the Skytrain and Seabus allow bikes.