A comfy August, a few beers with friends then on the road to British Columbia all the way to Vancouver Island, Salt Spring Island and the Sunshine Coast with my trusty steed Turbo for some more beers with friends.
Most of the month living the Calgary life, riding my bicycle to drink beer, work and relax...
|Chris and Nic, siblings at the Ship|
|Lots of friends, lots of sunnies|
|If I'm going to work this hard...|
|I'll need a drink after work and ...|
Check out the new addition of Crystal Head
|tend a garden to relax|
|Listening to the Amazing Jermaine|
Jackson, the other brother.
|$10 all you can play all day!|
|Old school Nintendo Golf|
|Why not the real thing|
|This is nice|
|Barley Belt Tap tour with Brendan and Elliot|
Annex, Banded Peak, Born Colorado, Cabin,
The Establishment, Village, Legend 7, OT
Near the end of the month it was time to get out of town and head West to see the Pacific, friends and do some great riding! Calgary to Salmon Arm to Whistler to Ladysmith to Salt Springs Island to Mill Bay to Sechelt, Sunshine Coast to Castlegar back to Calgary.
Day 1 - Rode to a business lunch, then gave my bosses my dress shoes and headed to Salmon Arm to stay with my an old tenant and friend, Pascal.
|It's business time|
A side track up to a look out on the side of Mount Revelstoke.
Day 2 - a long one from Salmon to Whistler to Ladysmith....Ferries always add hours, but less ass in seat time then the day would present.
|Good morning Salmon Arm|
|Good morning Shuswaps|
The less travelled northern route on highway 1 after Kamloops heading West. C5R8T2V7/8.
North of Cache Creek on Highway 97.
|Right down the pipe|
Highway 99, just awesome. C8R7/8T1/2V7/8. Then down to Pemberton C8R6T5/6V7.
|No way that's the same guy, right?|
|Runaway lane, straight up!|
Whistler is alright...a winter and summer destination 2 hours North of Vancouver. Gotta be rich to buy here. And to eat here...$9 for a Aussie/NZ style pie!!! These are $3 CAD in the Southern Hemisphere.
|Got to run to make the ferry!|
South of Whistler on the coast heading for Horseshoe Bay ferry. C5/6R8T6V7/8. Oceans, mountains, single lane traffic to Vancouver...???
|Made it with 5 minutes to spare|
|And now for the $9 pie!|
|Chau mainland |
| Hi Vancouver Island|
Walking dogs - Nothing better to do when you have had an exhausting day riding and still need to drive 25 min South to the boat in the night.
|Kaz and dog 1, Marek and dog 2,|
Brad and dog 3
|A night sleeping in Elizabeth|
I want this situation, except I don't want to have to pay to use the shower. Probably to pricy to have a boat on Van Island.
Day 3-4 - Excited and ready I left the Ladysmith marina before Kaz and Marek made it down. Ferry schedules really dictating the pace of my trip.
What a spot, Johnny and Jessica's farm.
|Someone is behind|
|Hey Jess and John|
|Lay of the land|
|The wash station|
|The scrap pit keeping everyone happy|
|Salt Spring Saturday Market|
|Someone is behind me aren't they?|
|Cruising South on the Island to see a work buddy|
|Dave! Met on the Pembina job in March|
|Ferrying back to Van Island|
Day 5 - After the Saturday market in Salt Spring and an afternoon visit with Dave and Shawny I ferried over to have some beers with Brian and Dallas who are loving their move to Mill Bay. Unfortunately I have no photos from this night, too X-Rated obviously, haha.
|At Brew Pub in Duncan they offer a free shuttle ride home!|
|Early morning to go from Mill Bay to Comox|
|Looks like a cool tourist info centre|
|Cute, but I'm glad they stayed off|
|Looks a little different than where I grew up|
|Heading to Powell River|
|Hilly Powell River|
|MagPies recommended by Bruce F|
|Eggs benny, so gooooood!|
Kept on going Saltery Bay to Earl's Cove. C7R8T3V8.
|Bottle house, see the wall|
|Saltery Bay ferry|
|Some of the best road I have been on C8/9R7T3V7.|
Made to Schelt and Patrick's awesome spot. C8/9R7T3V7. Wish I had another day, oh wait. As I was leaving the next day Patrick said stick around another day, so I did. If I hadn't I would have missed all the following...so many cool things to do.
|Zoe and Pat's building family|
|Emelles Market Bistro in Gibson's the|
town made famous in "Beach Combers"
|First Salmon Tacos|
At Patrick's glass blowing shop testing his art. (IG: Stratisphereglass)
|Pat's personal bong|
|Amazing Rocket ship|
Down to the marina in Gibson.
|Love this door|
|Rock star jet ski parking|
|Pat's sailboat, dead battery|
|Hanging with the deer|
|eating wild berries|
|Going for a swim|
|View from the Wobbly Canoe|
Day 8-9 - Big day from the Sunshine Coast to Castlegar via Highway 3.
|Close call for this ferry as I didn't realise how far it was.|
|Heading to the Mainland|
What a trip.
|Lots of bikes on the long weekend|
|It's not a toupee|
|Through Vancouver and heading East|
|Hope, BC - First Blood filmed here|
|Excellent early kilometres on Hwy 3 to Princeton C7R8T3V8|
|Oh no. Construction...|
|At least I get poll position|
Some great riding on Hwy 3. Princeton to Osoyoos C5R7/8T3V8.
|Wine and Fruit country|
|Near Liber Winery, not important|
|Near Midway, BC|
After a massive day I made it to Castlegar to hang with the Bruhl family. Always nice.
|What a balcony|
|Family Chinese food dinner becoming|
a tradition with the Bruhls.
|Shopping with the little devils Zaxtyn and Zenin|
|Zax got to start the bike like his|
brother Zayden did 3 years ago.
|Hit the road|
The Final Day - A long one from Castlegar to Calgary via Shelter Bay through Revelstoke. I'm not doing that again as Highway 1 traffic is so much worse than Highway 3. Although I did enjoy Highway 6 up to Highway 1.
North of Slocan town riding beside Slocan Lake
|Motorbikes not allowed to jump the queue.|
Not like the Island ferries.
|Crossing Upper Arrow Lake|
|I really love train bridges. Revelstoke, BC|
|One of the Roger's Pass tunnels.|
|Well that's not natural.|
|A break away from the highway|
|After Field, BC|
|Back in Alberta|
|Close to Banff|
|No more mountains...|
|Childhood Memories at|
|Down town Calgary in the distance|
|Nice speed camera officer|
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