Our last day in Vancouver was another beautiful day which started early with a ride around spectacular and deserted Stanley Park. Although the sun is up at 5.30 am, seems like most Vancouverites don’t venture out onto the cyle/walk paths until late in the morning.
This serene start to the day was soon to come to an end! We tackled busy Burrard St feeling very safe on the cycle paths as we made our way to JJ Bean for coffee. So far so good. Next we needed to get onto the underground and out to the ferry terminal that would take us to Vancouver Island. We located the station and as Grieg lifted his bike over the curb, the trailer fell off and rolled out into downtown central traffic. With haste and mirth we lumbered the thing onto the sidewalk where we faced our next challenge – piling two bikes with panniers, two people and one trailer into an elevator…not just one elevato, but three! From the elevator we moved onto the subway gymnastics – picture the train rolling into the station FULL of people and us trying to squeeze all our stuff onto the train in amongst them all. People are great though and some help we finally got our gear and ourselves under control.
Two more incident-free elevator crammings and a bus loading later we were on our way to Tsawwassen ferry terminal and Vancouver Island.
The ferries give special treatment to cyclist – first on and first off – nice! We had a rendezvous with Brian and Jen along the Lochside trail cycle route leading to Victoria. These guys are a fantastic pair of adventurers, full of life and enthusiasm. We rode on through Victoria and out to lovely Oak Bay where some serious planning with maps, gear scrutiny and plenty of laughs took place over the next few days.
Brian spent a good long while working on our bikes including adding front pannier racks to mine because I was in danger of back flipping with so much weight in the back panniers. The front panniers have turned out to be great and we’re now ready to strike out into the wild blue yonder.