IT was 6: 30 a.m. when I slipped on my shorts and jersey, and grabbed my pack as the garage door eased open.
The golden light of the morning sun was revealed and I hopped onto my bike and headed off into the quiet streets of Lynn Valley.
I was aboard my brand new Marin XM9 bike, the click of each shift is precise, the tires fresh and all I felt was the cool morning breeze on my skin.
Just a few other early morning people were out at that time and I rode up through the back streets and dirt paths to Mount Fromme.
It was there my bike excelled, floating over the roots, rocks and bridges, which forge a trail through the lush rain forest. The sound of frogs, crickets and birds sang as I glided silently up the steep trail.
The trail fairies have been busy all winter working hard with the District of North Vancouver to improve access for all users and make sure the sustainability of the trail network lasts for future generations to enjoy.
Lower Griffins to Road Side Attraction is one of my favorite climbs.
My heart pounded like a bass drum as I tackled the tricky rooty sections and technical corners, which greeted me at each bend in the trail.
Soon I was on the Grouse Mountain Access Road and covering ground fast. There was no one else around and I used the time to figure out the stresses in my life. They seemed to melt away with each pedal stroke and, before I knew it, I saw the post that reads "Bobsled Trail - Enjoy!"
Well, it doesn't say "Enjoy" but it should because for the next few minutes I was taken on a wicked rollercoaster of berms, whoops, and smooth dirt that made my smile bigger with every corner.
I shot out at the bottom of the trail and with one fell swoop my seat was raised and I was climbing up the road once again.
That time I headed higher and snuck in at 7th Secret.
This trail is more old school with lots of twists, turns and rocks, reminding me why I have six inches of plush suspension. I had the trail dialed and joined up with Pipeline Trail at the bottom. Pipeline is similar with a bit more woodwork to carry you over sensitive areas and creeks. I enjoyed it all and was finally out in Princess Park.
I waved to a couple of equestrian riders taking their horses out for a morning walk. It reminded me how cool the area I live in is.
They were smiling too, which makes me smile even more.
I arrived back at home and placed my bike in the garage. As I headed in the house I looked back at my trusty new steed and said, "Thanks!
My morning commute was awesome and I look forward to it everyday!
Adventurer Dave Norona is mostly smiling because he is reminded everyday what life is all about. His morning commute is supported by Columbia Sportswear, Shimano and Marin Bikes.