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Tour 2010 – day 13

“it’s still summer!” Yet the geese are crying — “Not for long, not for long”. This pretty much is it; a short day entirely on a Rail-Trail ending at the hostel in Victoria. There are three primary routes to Seattle from Victoria and I’ve done them all. So today has the last bit of new territory before I retrace my steps home. Cold, cold night But the babbling brook Lulled me to sleep The morning…

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Tour 2010 – day 12

A world of trials and if the cherry blossoms, it simply blossoms. -Issa This was one of those days where any hassles one has gone through seem absolutely worth it. And yet it began auspiciously enough with the power going out in Port Renfrew. I was still able to take a hot morning shower and when I rode down to check out found the restaurant was open on generator power. So I was able to…

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Tour 2010 – day 11

I’m not sure I’ve ever been as wet as I was today. It started raining when I went to sleep last night and it hadn’t stopped by the time I got up. This was a real rain too, not just drizzle. It rained while I packed up, rained while I had breakfast, did laundry and other such things to try to wait it out. It was only misting when I actually left town, but I…

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Tour 2010 – day 10

It was another long day today with even more miles ridden, but I don’t feel nearly as beat down as I did yesterday. Perhaps it is acclimatization, perhaps I simply spaced it out better but I think it was the lack of wind. Wind from the sea butterflies in the embankment weeds never resting -Santoka The day was spent mostly on highways which are mainly charmless and without too much to see. The best riding…

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Tour 2010 – day 8

Today I did something I’ve wanted to do for a long time: wild camping, which is to say camping outside of a campground. Not true “stealth” camping where one is trespassing, no I’m on land where it is okay to camp. But it has a completely different feel to it: no services, nobody around, just out on the land. Why today, you ask, well let me start at the beginning. The first full day of…

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Tour 2010 – day 7

After the hermitage of my tent the two nights in the hostel were positively decadent. So it is not without some relief that I left the big city and returned to camping. The city is always lively and filled with things to do but it can be hard. I walk a lot when I visit cities and every time I visit Vancouver I seem to end up on Hastings Street where much misery and real…

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Tour 2010 – day 6

At last it’s cleared up; Today I will do the wash. – Santoka A day off from my travels, a chance to catch up on the mundane details but also a chance to walk around this great city. I spent the morning on those activities (laundry, currency exchange, blah, blah, blah), but the afternoon I walked to Granville Island. We used to visit Granville Island all the time when I was a kid but I’d…

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Tour2010 – day 5

Its a serious juxtaposition, walking around the streets of Vancouver, one of the largest cities on the west coast, mere days after being in a campsite in the Cascades without even potable water. I’m staying at the downtown Vancouver hostel, which I have to say is pretty nice, with the exception of an ensuite bathroom I’ve stayed at worse hotels. The hostel is more or less right in the portion of Van I know best…

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