Adrian woke up super early this morning so that he could get down to Victoria and hang out with one of his friends. I on the other hand slept in till the last second… Dad and Erin were also up early so that Erin could get out to the airport. She absolutely loved the trip and we were glad that she could join us for those 4 beautiful days of riding!
The ride out of downtown Vancouver to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal was easy, and the weather was perfect. Once on the ferry I caught up with yesterday’s post, and enjoyed the view as we sailed toward Swartz Bay.
Beautiful Victoria BC
The weather on the island was great, and we had a great time in the downtown and bay area taking the water taxis around for fish and chips, ice cream, and all kinds of goodness. This is the first time I’ve been in the city, and I quite like it here.
You too can live in one of these little houses at Fisherman’s Wharf for a mere $385,000.
Our three man wolfpack is really looking forward to meeting the Victoria MS Society tomorrow morning, and then the ride up to Tofino. Fingers crossed this weather sticks around!
This morning we met the Stephanie and Kevin Boland at the Corner Brook A&W for breakfast, and we were also interviewed by local radio about the ride. Hopefully the story gets syndicated across the rock! Regardless, the exposure that we received while in Newfoundland was great! As we were getting ready to leave A&W, one of the patrons asked where I was heading. I told him across Canada, and he responded with, “I know that, I read it in the paper!” Then as we drove down the streets of Corner Brook, a guy in a work truck pulled up to us at a red light and said, “You the buy’s that are riding for MS?”
Stopped for a super windy photo at Table Mountain
Of course it was raining this morning, so we geared up and made our way from Corner Brook down to Channel-Port aux Basques. We must have had a tail wind with us as we rode because I didn’t notice the wind until we stopped to take a picture in front of Table Mountain. Wow was it ever windy!
We also passed the 1000km point of our journey today!
We got to Port aux Basques pretty early, so we stopped off at Tim’s for a quick lunch before boarding the ferry. We ended up having to strap the bikes down on the ferry, which we couldn’t really figure out, but the couple from Halifax and Moncton behind us showed us what we needed to do. Thanks!
Leaving Newfoundland from Port aux Basques for North Sydney
We said goodbye to Newfoundland, and this is possibly the last picture I took with my current camera setup. I dropped the camera on the concrete this morning at the hotel, and now the focus is pretty much shot. The only way I can focus on something is at the minimum focal length, so tomorrow morning I’m going to have to replace the lens. This is an unexpected cost, but thankfully it’s not the camera body itself that is broken.
The ferry was pretty long and tiring, but I managed to catch a few zzz’s. Didn’t see anything interesting out on the water, which wasn’t a bad thing because had we seen some whales or icebergs I would have been chapped that I couldn’t take any pictures of them.
We’re now in North Sydney, having an early night so that tomorrow we can:
Wash the bikes. Dad has been losing it over how dirty they are.
Get a new lens for my camera.
Get a replacement gas cap for dad’s bike as he lost it on day 1.
Ride the snot out of the Cabot Trail!
Here are the points of interest from Today’s ride: