Ferries and bikes
Trip Start Jan 09, 2004
39Trip End Jul 14, 2004
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After a couple of days of exploring together we decided to catch the ferry out to Vancouver Island to see what there is to see. So we all hopped on the boat and basked in the sunshine, something it's not easy to do outside of BC at this time of year. The whole point of going to Vancouver Island was to hit the wilderness, so on advice from the hostel staff we decided to rent some mountain bikes and ride around Sooke National Park
I had a really, really fun day, and surely improved my fitness, but at some expense. When we first rented the bikes I couldn't even stay on the bloody thing let alone ride up a hill. Luckily after a bit of practice I got the hang of it somewhat, and everyone knew this wasn't exactly my thing and were very patient and understanding. Had Chellsie not been the caring and sensitive girl that she is I'm sure she would have laughed at a couple of my 'incidents'. That's if I weren't bleeding so much. Being the car-fearing city-folk that I am whenever we approached a traffic bridge I decided the best idea was to get off and walk across. Unfortunately my stopping skills weren't crash hot, so when a bridge came across us rather suddenly I decided I'd take my chances with the dirt and gravel rather than risk ending up under a car.
It really was a great experience though, and we got to cover a lot more territory than we would have on foot. We saw some waterfalls and a whole lot of forest, no bears or elk unfortunately. We stopped at 'the potholes,' a picturesque part of the river where mini waterfalls led to indentations in the riverbed, and had a picnic lunch. It was a beautiful day on a fantastic holiday, one of those memories I'll cherish forever.