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Tour 2010: Riding Through

” Single people, whoever they are, feel their lonliness most acutely when they come home from a trip. Everything is there just the way it was when they set out. The flower in the vase has dried up, but the desk itself hasn’t moved.”  -Santoka from his journals. Reflecting on this tour I think it is fair to say that it was the most successful to date.  Sure it didn’t quite have the There and…

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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 9

The further north I go Colder and colder these Late summer nights Today would my last day on the Sunshine Coast and the first on Vancouver Island. I would also hit the apex of my northern travels and begin the southward journey. I am now past the halfway point of the tour and from here on out have less days ahead of me than behind me. Green trees tinged with gold My brown head tinged…

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Tour 2010: On the road

Tour 2010 begins now! This year I’m heading to the Great White North, on a route of my own devising and will be exploring the Cascade Foothills in Washington State then onto British Columbia in Canada where I’ll ride the Sunshine Coast and Vancouver Island. I’ve worked out routes that put me on new roads and will let me most see new places than I have on my other trips up north. Once again I’m…

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RSVP and Back Again – day 4

Sidney by the sea. The final day of my short little trip dawn mostly clear and windy.  After completing my morning routine in pretty short order I set out for coffee and breakfast.  I walked down the street checking out my options but the place that immediately appealed was a bakery that had doughnuts mounded up in the window.  I got a sugar cake doughnut and a blueberry scone to go as they had no…

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