Today we started biking. We didn’t leave until 3:30pm, but we still managed to go a fair distance. There were short but rolly hills along the Pacific Rim, and a tail wind really did us well. Some points were very interesting as on both sides of the highway was a forest so thick that it seemed like it was nighttime only a few metres away. We stopped at the side of the road along Kennedy Lake to set up camp before it got dark and to not push it too hard on our first day of biking. I’m about to go to sleep soon, as the sun is setting over the mountains. There’s a small waterfall on our right, and the sound of the lake on our left. It felt good to just pause for a minute and try to take it all in.
Fun facts, stats and lessons learned
Distance travelled today: 46.495 km
Total distance travelled: 46.495 km
Our Route: Took The Trans Canada Highway the entire way. There was a bike path along most of the Pacific Rim Highway (Highway 4), and a shoulder after the junction with the Ucluelet Tofino Highway. Road conditions were excellent.
Ending point: somewhere along the east side of Kennedy Lake, by the side of the road.
- We should not have bought as much food as we did. We bought way too much food in Tofino because I thought that it’s better to be safe than sorry (We have enough to last us to Victoria). Big mistake when trying to carrry it all on our bikes! We got a lot of fresh food too, which definitely weighs us down. Next time, stock up on the dried foods, and just buy enough fresh food for the day.
- Nicole found her gear very top heavy, and I was stronger on the uphills. We’re going to try an arrangement tomorrow where I will get more heavy gear, and I will be drafting off of her the whole way.