As we completely underestimated the time it took to get to Port Alberni, we overestimated the time it would take to get to Nanaimo.
We were excited.
We spent a full four hours in town, and left after the wonderful break. We were hoping to make it to Duncan, but we finally decided it would be best to stop in Chemainus instead of trying to find a place in the dark.
Fun facts, stats and lessons learned
Distance travelled today: 104.20 km
Total distance travelled: 250.00 km
Our Route: Took Highway 4 to Highway 4a in Coombs, which led to Highway 19 (Inland Island Highway). Just before Nanaimo, the Highway split and we took Highway 19a (Island Highway) into the town. As we were cycling along, we found a bike path that ran parallel with the highway, so we switched over and it took us straight downtown. Leaving Nanaimo, we went back onto Terminal Road, which led to Highway 1. The shoulders have been decent, and the roads are in very good condition with the exception that there are frequent encounters with patches of rocks/pebbles.
Ending point: Chemainus River Campground, in Chemainus.
- MacMillan Park contains some of the only remaining old growth coastal Douglas-fir in Canada.
- During high winds, people should evacuate the hiking trails immediately.
- There is no "must go" shop to get Nanaimo bars.
- Many BC campgrounds, if you show up after the office closes, will let you stay on an empty site for the night and you pay in the morning.
- When following someone, there's a tradeoff between drafting and being able to see potholes or debris ahead. I found it most effective to draft on the flats, but leave space on the downhills.
- Having that extra small front chainring helps a lot on the uphills. I am much faster than Nicole since she only has two up front.
- There is no sales tax on bikes sold in BC.
- Nicole and I could demolish 1 kg of trail mix as if it were an in-between-meal snack.