|Lochside Trail, Vancouver Island, BC|
|View from the car deck of the ferry|
The crossing from the mainland to Vancouver Island takes just over 1.5 hours and is an incredibly scenic ride through Active Pass and the Gulf Islands. Today we were treated to a spectacular sunrise and incredible views of Mount Baker. After docking on the Island, cyclists are directed off the ferry to the trail which begins at the Swartz Bay terminal, near Lands End. I just love that name - "Lands End"...it makes me think of Pirates and secluded coves, and secretly as I pedaled along I was hopeful that Captain Jack and the Black Pearl would round the bend. A pirates life for me!
Being November, and quite early in the morning, we find the trail has a nice layer of frost on it. We take extra care as we certainly don't want to hit a patch of black ice and go head over heels! We laugh as we stop to break ice on the farmers fields....it is a beautiful, sunny day - one of those crisp fall days that make you feel happy to be outside!
|Frozen fields along the trail|
|Hold the bacon!|
|Views of the wetlands|
|Character house boats at Fishermans Wharf|
|I am relaxed!|
|Irish Times Pub - Victoria, BC|
We really haven't been on our bikes much the last couple of weeks due to various work and "life" commitments and we were both in a state of withdrawal so to speak. We spent a week of anticipation looking forward to our trip to Victoria. Saturday finally arrived, and we jumped out of bed, loaded up the truck and drove to Tsawwassen. We arrived at the ferry terminal and were so excited to start "spinning" that we unloaded the truck, jumped on our bikes and started pedaling to the ticket booth. Later that day, it struck us that in our excitement to get moving....we had not bothered to plug the parking meter. Later that night, we returned to our parking spot to be greeted with a $60.oo dollar ticket. Could have been worse....the truck might have been towed.
Map and Route Tips:
BC Ferries www.bcferries.ca
Lochside Trail http://www.crd.bc.ca/parks/lochside/
Galloping Goose http://www.crd.bc.ca/parks/galloping-goose/