Victoria BC...the beginning
The flight from Atlanta to Seattle and then to Victoria was uneventful. I had a Georgia Bockhoven book and read more than I have had time for in months . I had purchased a sandwich before I left and ate 1/2 on the plane.
I met my friend Pete, rode with him last year and the year before, in Seattle We arrived in Victoria and our hosts met us at the airport. We went to their home and settled in for a bit and then tackled the re-assembly of the bikes. Yikes ! Should have taken pics. Let's just say that if our host, Zach , hadn't helped me LOTS I wouldn't be going anywhere tomorrow.
We had a great dinner and wine and lots of talk. Our hostess rode around the world with Pete in 2003. They were gone 6 1/2 months. They have remained friends. I met Pete over the internet as did they. Adventure Cycling has a wonderful website and one area on it is, Companions Wanted. It is a great way to meet folks that want to travel by bike to different regions of the world.
I slept great last night. Today we went to MEC , an outdoor store like REI in the US. We also visited 2 other bike shops. We rode all over Victoria's downtown and the waterfront. We had lunch at a friend of their's restaurant, Bubby's. It was fantastic. I took pics:) We got pics of the "0" mile marker for the trip and also dipped our tires in the Pacific. We are packed and ready to go in the AM. Oh, we also met up with the 3rd person in our group,Janet. She lives here on the island. This is her first tour. We are excited to have another person . She is so sweet and enthusiastic. I think she will be a real asset. Another great dinner tonight cooked by our hosts and wine and talk. I should sleep great.
We leave here at 9 AM. We have 1 1/2 hr ride to the ferry at Brentwood Bay . From there we will ride to Crofton to camp. We will be site seeing along the way. I will take and post pics and try and write something every day that I have internet. Here are a few pics from today. In a slide show. c
Here is a link that might be useful: slideshow Victoria BC