I am back from our cycling vacation and I survived! It was mostly very nice. We flew into Seattle, then took the ferry to Vancouver Island and the city of Victoria, which is very picturesque. Stayed in a “youth hostel” there; they let old people stay there, too, but you have to pay more than the kids do. Accommodations were pretty spartan and HOT. British Columbia was having a little heat wave while we were there, so all our cold-weather cycling gear was unnecessary.
Photos: Top row, China Town in Seattle; Victoria harbor. Bottom row: On the beach in Sooke; Me and sister-in-law Amelia at the “Sooke Potholes.”
Rented bikes in Victoria and rode the “Galloping Goose” trail to Sooke, about 30 miles. Stayed at a beautiful B&B there with gorgeous original art and gardens.
Next day we retraced our steps but took a detour to the “Sooke Potholes,” which are natural round pools along a river; they all empty into each other via pretty waterfalls. Rob’s sister Marion and the two teenage boys traveling with us (Rob’s nephew and cousin) went swimming at the potholes. Returned to Victoria. Rode about 35 miles, our longest day. It didn’t bother me because it was relatively flat.
MORE TOMORROW …