Friday, September 5, 2008

Fully Loaded and heading south to Victoria on Vancouver Island




Headed out this morning from Vancouver to head south (finally). Going to Tsawwassan to get the ferry to Vancouver Island and then cycle south to City of Victoria.
This is the first day I have headed out fully loaded.... and boy does it make a difference. The bike has a mind of its own and its difficult to keep it under control. I have a lot of weight on board. ( No wise crack comments guys) I know all the jokes. I will either have to dump stuff or loose weight myself. I think ill do both. After about an hour of riding i seem to be getting the hang of carrying the extra load. The bike is going where i want it to go. But on the hills i am my usual self... tailing off.. Wonder how Donal would do with this load :-). Getting out in the traffic is a nightmare. There are hard shoulders and some 'bike lanes' but even so. You got to ride agressively. Hold your road. Long stretches of flat roads you can just spinalong. Its great when you get a tail wind. On tothe ferry to the island and a lunch of chicken and chips and water. Would be agreat place to go island hopping but im on a mission and its on to Victoria. 25miles of highway driving. On the side of a 3 lane highway barrelling along. Like the Naas dueller without the frills. Can see the Olympis range in the distance.
Arrive tired and sunburnt in Victoria..... Tomorrow cross the border into the US of A. (If they let me in) Thanks for all your posts guys it great to get them all. Keepewm coming.

7 comments:

Peter said...

Great photos, is there a bike under those sacks? Whoever's using the camera is so much better than you

SDCC said...

John, I am just looking out at the driving rain here and wondering what it is like to be sunburned. What with recessions and doom and gloom here at home it is great to have something to raise ones spirits (even if we cannot be with you in body), so keep up the blog. You do the cycling and we will follow you on google maps, and be with you in spirit at least. The photographs are great.

Gavin said...

Looking good Boyler! Sounds like your having a ball. Celebrating Maggies birthday tonight. Emil is staying at her Auntie Trisha's so its going to be a mad one. Take it easy and stay safe

#1Son said...

Well done!!! On the road, like the original beatnik, everything you own on your back. Well not quite, but you look like you are enjoying yourself. Hope they let you in to the states and all thet 1960's peace march demonstrating isn't held against you. Keep it between the ditches!

John said...

Thanks peter. the photographer was a chinese waiter who was having his lunch. I think i inspired him. he ran off screaming 'i want bikee'
thanks chris you forget the drivingrain but you dont forgetthe hills
Happy birthday maggie.Ill have a beer on you tonight. donttell the guys in the cycling club tho. haha.

John said...

Thanks peter. the photographer was a chinese waiter who was having his lunch. I think i inspired him. he ran off screaming 'i want bikee'
thanks chris you forget the drivingrain but you dont forgetthe hills
Happy birthday maggie.Ill have a beer on you tonight. donttell the guys in the cycling club tho. haha.

Linda said...

How Cool are you!!! When Dad told me about it I was so impressed! so good luck on the start of your wonderful journey - I will keep watching and will keep in touch xxx love you xxxxx