The first week in maps and photos. The few times I’ve had access to wifi I was too tired to write or post. It’s unrealistic to try and catch up. I’ll leave that for when the trip is over and I can post more details and essays from the journal I’m keeping.
Day 1, August 13:
Capitano RV Park, Vancouver, BC, Canada to
Living Forest Campground, Nanaimo, Vancouver Island, BC.
Miles: 16 miles
Highlight: Ferry ride from Vancouver to Nanaimo.
Campground: On the bay, lovely setting. Cafe that served breakfast, espresso drinks, and other light fare, outdoor seating on the deck overlooking the bay.
Day 2, August 14:
Nanaimo, BC to Osborne Bay RV Resort, BC
Elevation gain: 2,000
Highlight: Riding a small section of the Trans-Canada Trail.
Campground: Resort is a stretch. Be sure to ask for a site on the bay, below. Walkway along the bay, beach across the stream over a boardwalk bridge. Avert your eyes from looking left at the factory. Water is super warm and it was a huge plus to swim after a long hot 90’s ride.
Day 3, August 15:
Osborn Bay to Goldstream Provincial Park, Crofton, BC.
Highlight: Changing my first flat on the bike, the rear wheel. Lucky unlucky, flat happened in front of the Dwight School on Shawinigan Lake. Hotter than Hades so it was a welcome break.
Campground: Lovely, lush green. Well spaced sites. Huge gorgeous old Maples with enormous leaves. Trail to a crystal clear swimming hole framed by ferns. Stayed two nights.
Day 4: August 16:
Bike repairs: back tire issue and gears tweaked. Joined MEC, the Canadian cousin to REI. Bought tubes, CO2 canisters, and whatnot.
Highlight: Dim Sum in China Town, Victoria.
Day 5, 17 August:
Goldstream Provincial Park to Victoria ferry terminal.
Ferry to Port Angeles, Washington, USA.
Miles: 21 Elevation: 2,000
Highlight: Ferry and hanging out and riding around Victoria.
Campground: Elwha Damn RV Park. Tent sites are nice, some quite private. Owner gave me quarters for the shower.
Day 6, August 18:
Elwha RV Park to Klahowya USFS Campground
Weather: High 90’s
Highlight: Swimming in Crescent Lake. Intense sapphire blue and turquoise water.
Campground: Lush with giant mossy bearded trees and lots of ferns, along a shallow river.
Day 7, August 19:
Weather: high 90’s
Highlight: Swimming at Crescent Lake