For much of today, I watched the Similkameen River flow. Like a river flows uninterrupted, I enjoy flow when it comes to working on projects, such as working out the route for this ride across Canada. I can block out almost everything. Sometimes I don’t even notice that I’m hungry. Today’s ride flowed up and over … More Flow
A bear from Hope bid me goodbye on what, by the numbers, should have been an arduous ride. Though only a little over 40 miles, it had over 5000 feet of elevation gain. A series of circumstances conspired to make the perfect recipe for a great ride. Mix together mountain creek views you can’t see … More Sprinkle with slat
The end of yesterday’s ride was not fun but it plopped me in the Fraser River Valley, ready to enjoy one river vista after another today. I knew to expect a couple of hills amidst today’s mostly flat terrain. I crossed the Harrison River and was approaching what was to be the steepest one for … More There is Hope.
… to get to Mission. It wasn’t quite Mission Impossible, but it had its moments. We had to leave our WarmShowers hosts very early to catch the 7:45 ferry from Vancouver Island to mainland Canada. I was reluctant to leave Vancouver Island for its beauty and adventure. There were some other beings who were reluctant … More Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is …
Today was Hump Day – the Alberni Hump, that is. It came first thing in the day’s ride. Being early in the day helped get it done, but so did the company of Sarah, our wonderful hostess in Port Alberni. Sarah showed us the town’s sites last night, including views of Mount Arrowsmith from the … More Hump Day
Yesterday, as Susie and I drove to Tofino through Port Alberni, I saw today’s route in reverse. I say I saw it but I saw it selectively. I saw long downhills that would be today’s uphills. I saw a warning sign for trucks of an 18% grade. I saw steep pitches on Kennedy Hill. All … More Why did I think I could do this?
We have arrived in Tofino! It is simply gorgeous and the weather is outlandishly beautiful. Today we saw the first day’s route with our own eyes. Highway improvement construction has not disrupted the pavement and is not supposed to close the road. However, the hills are for real. We also chose the place for the wheel … More Ready!