PCH Tour: Vancouver to Victoria via Ferry

Vancouver Bay Boats

Day 5 – I’m a little late to post, and I haven’t had a chance get any of my photos from yesterday off my camera. So here is another photo of sailboats from Vancouver.

I rode out of town around 11am. Later than I would have liked. It was over 30 miles of bridges and freeway to get to the ferry that would take me over to Victoria. The terrain wasn’t too hard but I felt a bit sick to my stomach. I’m not sure if it was too much coffee, not enough food, or because I hadn’t ridden in over a week. I kept up a steady pace in hopes of getting to the 3 o’clock ferry.

Alex Fraser Bridge

After crossing the famous Alex Fraser Bridge I road on the shoulder of highway 17. It was a designated bike lane, but I might as well have been riding the shoulder of the 101. I got to the ferry late and had to wait for the 4 o’clock. At that time I still didn’t have a place to stay in Victoria and there were no campsites near town that I could find. Luckily, after sending out a dozen requests on Couch Surfer, Warm Showers and AirBnB I found a place just outside of downtown. I had a destination and a timeframe.

The sun was on its way down and I needed to make it to town within 3 hrs of coming into port. The ferry ride was beautiful. You could see islands and mountains for miles. Mt. Baker loomed in the distance the entire time. When I got off the ferry I started pedaling as hard as I could. I had about 22 miles to cover. Thankfully there was an amazingly well manicured bike path that went all the way from the ferry dock to Victoria. It was a beautiful smooth ride and I don’t think I would have made it before nightfall without it.

Victoria is cooler than Vancouver, the architecture much older. Tomorrow I hope to post some photos of my ride and Victoria. I may spend another day here to watch a big festival. Just goin’ with the flow.

(Repost of my 2014 Pacific Coast Tour Instagrams)



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