Day 29: Tofino to Nanaimo

Today marks the start of the home stretch as there are no more westbound shots for us on this trip. Amazing to think that we traveled almost 11,000km in one direction across the country and continent over the past 28 days!

This morning in Tofino was overcast and chilly, and we pretty much froze during the first part of the ride. Once we got closer to Port Alberni the weather straightened out and we shed the gloves and jackets after a quick stop for gas and a refreshment. The ride out of Tofino wasn’t as fun as the ride in as the traffic was heavy, and we barely got anywhere near the speed limit.

Just outside of Port Alberni we hit the 11,000km mark!

Massive tree forest somewhere between Port Alberni and Nanaimo

Along the highway we came across MacMillan Provincial Park, a spot where several cars had stopped, so we decided to stop too and venture into the forest. The trees were ancient and massive, and it had a Jurassic Park feel to it… Seemed like at any moment we were going to become Velociraptor meat…

We didn’t…

But what we did find was a massive garden gnome near Parksville!

The lucky garden gnome

Check out the size of that thing! Adrian swore the gnome was good luck, so he popped inside the gas station to buy a Lotto Max ticket. He then said something like “Let’s go spend these millions!” but so far we haven’t seen anything… likely not as confident as he initially thought about the win.

Upon arrival at the B&B, dad quickly found a place to crack his head on… he’s now done it twice… I’ll keep updating the count as the night goes on here. Yeah, we are having such an action packed evening that the “dad hitting his head on the roof” game is the height of our entertainment.

Tomorrow we take the ferry to the mainland and head up to Whistler. Can’t wait!

Here are today’s points of interest:

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5 Responses to Day 29: Tofino to Nanaimo

  1. Marina says:

    That is absolutely so awesome what you are both doing!
    Thank you and will keep following you all the way home. Toronto or somewhere near on the way back?

    • Chris says:

      Thanks Marina! We’re now heading back east to Edmonton to finish off the ride. We we’re through Toronto on July 29 and 30.

  2. Jean K. Harrigan says:

    What a friendly gnome! He is as happy as we are with your ride to bring awareness to MS. Thank you ever so much.
    Jean,
    Orillia and Area MS Society Group

  3. Julie Baldock says:

    Hi Chris, I’m sorry that I missed your journey throuh the Island. From where, and when, do you get the ferry. I am in Nanaimo and would love to have met up with you.

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