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Cycling Trip to Sunshine Coast B.C. Canada

A couple of weeks ago some friends and I headed up to one of the prettiest parts of the B.C. coast…. the Sunshine Coast.

The plan to head up there fell into place thanks to the fact that I wasn’t sure if I could enter the States with my 2004-issued Maltese passport. I wouldn’t ordinarily travel to the States with this passport, but my new Canadian one hadn’t arrived in the mail yet. So an original plan to re-do the Point Roberts, WA trip fell through and was quickly replaced!!

During the 4 years that I have been living in Vancouver B.C. I never once made it up to this part of the province – but I’d heard a lot about it. So naturally, I was super excited!! Kathy grew up in that region so we relied on her expert advice to plan out the route and show us the sights – hence why I referred to this operation as ‘KP Tours’ on the day πŸ™‚

To arrive at Sunshine Coast, we took a BC Ferry from Horseshoe Bay. This was the first time I had EVER travelled on a ferry with a bike, and it was amazing. I just LOVE leaving the city behind me, to explore a whole new area, and I love travelling by boat.

The route we took was as follows:

The ferry dropped us off at Langdale, from where we started our cycling trip via Gibsons, Roberts Creek, Davis Bay, Sechelt and back. A total of 62km – which is pretty good. πŸ™‚

The weather was truly glorious. So sunny and lovely – but extremely hot. I REALLY wanted to dump the bike by the side of the road and jump into the ocean so many times! Yes – when it’s cold and rainy, I complain, and when it’s too hot and sunny, I complain…. I’m like the cycling Goldilocks trying to find her perfect weather conditions for bike rides!

We cycled by the YMCA camp and had to do a YMCA pose πŸ™‚ Few people may know this already… but for those who don’t, my first ever job involved dancing to silly songs like YMCA and those from Grease for ESL students…. those were the days! huh?!!

I had a near-miss on one of the roads leading up the highway 101… I unclipped my shoe to stop but for some reason I started to loose my balance. Desperately trying not to slam into the hot tarmac I hopped on my right foot to prevent the fall, all the while heading out into the oncoming traffic (which I was unaware of). It looked like clumsy once-footed tap dancing, and just as soon as I finally found my footing and came to a stop, a van zipped right by me. Probably a foot away from me. Close call!!

And of course, we took jumping shots!! BUT this time I figured out the “how to” ahead of our photo shoot. In pervious attempts we’d do a million jumps, trying to time the jump with the shutter speed. BUT… just prior to this trip it occurred to me to use the continuous shoot function – where you get a bunch of shots and can select the one that shows the person in the air. Using this function on my camera is pretty simple – Β the quality is kinda reduced and only OK for digital media though… but that’s all I really need it for.

As we were having lunch at Pier 17 in Davis Bay we looked at this giant map of the Sunshine Coast – there are so many places to swim, sail, dive, camp, hike, etc. Would love to spend an entire weekend up there sometime – rent a cabin with some friends and enjoy the great outdoors! You don’t have to travel too far from the city to find stunning retreats!

And now for the moment you’ve all been waiting for…. Here’s a little video I made of our trip. I hope you like it πŸ™‚

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Bowen Island Cycling Trip – July 21, 2012

I gotta say – I am seriously loving these weekend cycling day trips we have going on this summer. There is nothing better to get you through the week than having a cycling trip to a new destination to look forward to!!

Our latest trip included two new cyclists who are Kathy’s friends – Sharon and Ian. We decided to go to Bowen Island, which is a quaint little island just off the coast of Horseshoe Bay.

Ian, Sharon, Kathy, Oliver and I on the ferry heading to Bowen Island.

It is close enough for people to live there and commute to Vancouver for work – although I would never do this!! Ferry only takes 20 mins to from one port to another… if you can call them ports. Can you call Horseshoe Bay and Snug Cove ports?? Not sure. Ferry terminals is more precise! πŸ™‚

The morning was incredibly cloudy but to be honest we weren’t expecting bad weather. We thought it might rain a little in the morning… nothing too major… and clear up really fast. If anything I was kind of glad it wasn’t going to a boiling hot day. It’s tough cycling is super hot weather.

Unleashing my inner Jane Fonda πŸ™‚

I brought along a backpack so that I would have my shoe covers at the ready should I need them… and boy did I ever!! We hadn’t even cycled 1/2 way into the island before the torrential rain forced us to head back. You have to watch my video in case you think we totally wimped out… it really was pouring out there!!

We share a love for 80s music so we did a signature “Walk like an Egyptian” pose.

It had been 4 years since I’d visited Bowen Island!

I hadn’t played with one of these in years!

When we headed back to the ferry terminal area to find some shelter in a cafe or restaurant our resolve to get back on our bikes faded as the minutes ticked by. We made the best of it though! We found a nice spot to grab a bite to eat and I bought some toys from a nearby store – a pink bubble-making lightsaber and a cute deck of cards.

Beer & Card Games – best thing to do when cycling trip gets delayed or cancelled.

I could spend hours playing cards if given the chance! When I was playing on Saturday I had a vision of myself as an old lady organizing card games in some tropical retirement residence where I’d by then be living. haha And yes it would somewhere sunny and gorgeous. Probably on a small island too!

At Doc Morgan’s Pub

Doc Morgan’s is the cutest place with a nice big deck and view… can’t say the service was all that great. I was too relaxed to care though!

Back on the ferry, heading home.

The weather was so gorgeous in the afternoon! I’d love to visit Bowen Island for a cycling (or otherwise) day trip and possibly even overnighter. It’s so refreshing to get out of the city and explore the beautiful neighbouring islands & smaller towns in the vicinity during the weekend.

So here’s my video with more images πŸ™‚ Check it out!

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