Wednesday, 27 April 2011

Getting ready.......

April 27, and it is still cold and rainy here in Victoria. We have also had some beautiful days, the gardens are already full of colorful flowers and many streets here in Victoria are lined with hundreds of pink flowering cherry trees.

We have now been biking since April 9th and we have about 800km in our legs, mind you the legs are not necessarily the problem..... Every day we are getting fitter and the loops we are doing are getting easier. Gerry biked our usual 45km hilly loop with the loaded trailer yesterday and it did not slow us down very much at all, which is nice to know. Below pictures were taken at Mile "0" which is down at the Pacific coast at the end or better the beginning of Douglas Street in Victoria. Douglas turns into the Trans Canada Highway 1 outside Victoria.

We will leave Victoria on Monday, May 2nd, direction Nanaimo and we will stay with Bob and Marion Huck for a few days. Bob and Marion used to live in Kanata, they moved out to Vancouver island once the kids left home, interesting, all three boys have settled out West as well!
In Nanaimo we will take the BC ferry across to Horseshoe Bay and from there we head direction Hope. We do realise that once we hit the trails / roads on mainland BC it will get hillier quickly and we will have to do shorter distances to start with. It does not matter, we have time and as long as we are having fun that is all that matters!

Sunday, 3 April 2011

Victoria, Vancouver Island

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Here we are in Lotusland. Helped Lars and his ladies move to a new location, which is when I found out just how unfit I (g) was! We have acquired new bikes, which will be ready by Tuesday. Meanwhile we tootle around on loaners from the bike shop, trying to get in a workout per day. The new bikes are Surly bikes, with one Bob Yak trailer. We prefer this config to panniers which cause more wind resistance. The bikes are standard bikes: we would have liked to try recumbents, but people pointed out that they don't do well on soggy terrain. As we expect to follow much of the Trans Canada Trail we decided not to experiment. The next few days look like rain, unusual for this time of year. Our apartment is comfortable, but expensive and we are motivated to get going. The distance looks more like 8'000 km to Halifax and 9'000 to St. John's Newfoundland. Daunting, but we'll see.