August 12, 2010

Getting from there to here. A tale of 3 ferries. Sort of. And were not here yet.


Hello to all and thanks for the blog support. Sorry we haven’t updated in awhile but I got a little frustrated with the process and needed to take a break. So… to bring you and I up to date: Currently I am writing to you from the comfort of a desk overlooking Bellingham bay where we are staying with former Salida residents Charlie and Teri. Like all of these north pacific towns we have encountered; Bellingham is quaint and beautiful. So far we have yet to see a town or spot we didn’t like.

Horseshoe Bay and the end of the not so Sunshine Coast
8/6/10 T&GBAG [Terri and Gregs Big Adventure Grooviness factor 1-5] is a 4 . T&GBAD [Difficulty factor 1-5] is a 3-4. Mileage for the day----34, Max speed---39. Mederia Bay on the Sunshine coast To Sechelt and the Porpoise Bay Campground. The riding continued to be more of the same; longer sometimes steep climbs with nice curvy descents, thus the max speed of 39 mph. However for every mile we get closer to Vancouver the more the traffic, as we are encountering more and more towns. The traffic still ebbs and flows with the ferries but now more local traffic as well. Still the riding is nice and we can still find that peace when we are the only thing on the road. Man that is nice. When the last car passes and the noises cease, a feeling overcomes that could nearly be described as bliss. But, when the sound of a car begins---- the spell is broken. Sometimes shattered. Part of this “bliss” has definitely been eating the WILD BLACKBERRIES that are growing all along the roadside…two words to describe…”frickin YUMMY!!…how can one resist! Yes, like kids in a candy shop we eat them…if I was a BEAR I’d live hereJ

The town of Sechelt was our goal for the day and as we entered town we could tell this was a special place. The town itself sits on a flat, only about a mile wide that separates the Georgia Straight from the Sechelt inlet where our campground layed. So there was water on both the front and back side of this town. The campground was only a couple of miles from town and an easy, nice ride to get there and back.

So far this is our favorite campground. What a great spot. This place had a biker only camp area and though the campground was full as it was a Saturday, the bike area was empty. The sites are nestled in trees and very private yet there were Flush toilets, hot showers, a sandy beach and kayak rentals literally steps away. Terri and I planned to spend several days here as we had ridden 3 days of hard climbing and was ready for a rest and this seemed to be the perfect place.

That night, in town for dinner, a man named Mike had been admiring our bike so he sought us out to talk cycling.

He lived in Victoria and offered to give us shelter if we were to find ourselves back in Victoria and then proceeded to try to talk us out of riding through Vancouver and getting back to the states via Victoria as Vancouver is a million people and 3 million with outlying areas and that it would be very stressful to try to coax the mule thru the maze. Our reply. We’ll think about it.

8/7/10 T&GBAG [Terri and Gregs Big Adventure Grooviness factor 1-5] is a 3. T&GBAD [Difficulty factor 1-5] is a 4. Mileage for the day----17, Max speed---???. Porpoise Bay campground to Horseshoe Bay and ferry terminal.

Well, for the first time since we’ve arrived----- it’s raining.!! And according to the locals it’s going to rain for day’s. So much for a rest day, we’re movin on. Might as well ride in the rain then sit around in it.

On our way out of Sechelt we had a long and busy climb and in the thick of it our new friend Mike came by, parked on the side of the road, walked down to meet us and walked and talked with us up the hill.[ Kinda gives you an idea of how fast were riding or how steep the hill is]. He asks us if we had decided whether we were going to Bellingham via Vancouver or Victoria and we told him that we had decided on Vancouver and he wished us luck. We rode on in the rain to the ferry that would take us to another cool place called Horseshoe Bay where from there one begins to ride into Vancouver or get on a 2 hr. ferry to B.C. There is no camping, were wet, and tonight we stay in the last hotel room available in Horseshoe Bay, and it’s a nice room.

8/8/10 T&GBAG [Terri and Gregs Big Adventure Grooviness factor 1-5] is a 4 [because of the ferry rides, and the misty mountain hop, to quote our favorite band. T&GBAD [Difficulty factor 1-5] is a 1. Milage for the day----20, Max speed---not worth mentioning. A Ferry ride from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo B.C., an easy 10 mile ride to another 2 hour ferry back to The Vancouver side of the world to a town named Tsawwassen and a 10 mile ride to a motel to catch another 2 hr. ferry the next day to Victoria. Wow !!

Misty Mountain Ferry Hop
Ok, Ok. Mike had a point. We were tired mentally and physically and after talking to a lot of folks who ride we decided not to go to or through Vancouver and that the ride from Vancouver back into the States and Bellingham would not be fun. So we have chosen to do the 4 ferry ride, misty mountain hop, in or should I say out of the rain, path to Bellingham and the U.S.A. Being land locked we like ferries. Ferries are neat. So were riding ferries, for 3 days. We have our ferry wings now!! As our friend Teri would say.

The best part of this day ; besides the ferries, is we have still gotten in 20 miles of riding on flat easy terrain and therefore workin out the kinks that started to form in our knees.
A Light house on a Ferry crossing

1 comment:

  1. I am totally enjoying your accounts of your journey. Takes me back to a big tour I did 25 years ago - I am with you in spirit!

    I am a little worried about boiling hot water and the spinning arm method of coffee brewing however...

    May your cattle guards always be marked,

    Nancy Lang
    (Pimpy A's friend)