I love my bike – a lot – it gets me everywhere I need to go. Well, almost everywhere. Wanting to get out of the city for the Canada Day long weekend, Erin and I booked a Modo for the first time and headed east for a relaxing visit to Summerland in the Interior. Round trip we put about 800km on our little Nissan Versa. Looking forward to next time already!
Our trip started after I finished work at Hot Art Wet City on a Saturday evening. I picked up Erin and off we went. Start of the trip means we’re still fresh…
Of course, that doesn’t mean we didn’t need to make a quick stop in Hope BC at Home Restaurant for some pie!
Mix of sun, cloud, rain, fog and whatever other weather the road gods decided to throw at us along the Coquihalla. It really only started to clear near Merritt.
Erin is taking all the pictures so I can focus on driving. Such a beautiful sunset. It’s 10:30pm or so and the sky is still bright as we leave Merritt toward the Okanagan.
Looking back to where we’ve been. At this point, almost we’ve put over 200km onto our little Nissan Versa.
We arrived in Summerland BC close to midnight. This was the welcoming committee.
Our first day was uneventful. A lot of lounging, napping, drinking and gardening. Sorry Modo, we didn’t use you today. Sometimes enjoying the simplicity of life at home is more important than driving to find something to do.
Simple things entertained me: like a cat in the tree
On the next day, we spent a little time at the beach. It was a beautiful sunny day. HOT! Lots of lake time and attempts at reading books (i.e., naps). Sorry perverts, no photos. Just our Versa in the parking lot. Found a shady spot to keep it cool.
But don’t forget to get a “single scoop” of ice cream on a hot day! Summerland Sweets does it up right!
We also grabbed some beer from Tin Whistle Brewing in Penticton to enjoy when we got home.
We decided to go home the slightly longer, less direct, but more interesting Hope-Princeton. Had to stop at Zack’s Collectibles in Olalla for a little dose of the weird. If you can’t find what you’re looking for here, it probably doesn’t exist.
You know you’re back near Hope again when… oh wait, it’s not raining in Hope? Weird!
And we’re back in East Van and almost home. But our time with Modo isn’t over…
On Canada Day we went to Steveston (in Richmond) to check out the Steveston Salmon Festival. So many people! Tasty salmon BBQ and lots of other fun stuff for everyone. If we didn’t sleep in, we could have also seen the parade.
Saw some friends while walking on the dyke back to the Modo car. I’m usually a bike rider and was super jealous. But then again, we couldn’t have had a quick getaway to Summerland without the car!
Enough fun. Last day with the car means a trip to Home Depot for a few supplies for the gallery. This paint can looked lonely. I should have bought more to fill the Versa.
Brought the car back to a very convenient spot: on Main Street at East 6th Avenue in Vancouver, across the street from my art gallery Hot Art Wet City! We don’t own a car so using Modo was great! So useful for a quick getaway or random errands I can’t do on my bike. Looking forward to next time! Check out Hot Art Wet City on Instagram to see our future #letsmodo adventures (and some art too).
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