Looking for an easy, reasonably priced weekend getaway that involves only a bike, a credit card and a Vancouver Island ferry ride? A few years ago John and I did a fantastic trip that involved just those things. It started with a drive to the Tsawwassen ferry terminal, about 45 minutes away from downtown Vancouver.
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I had an idea for our anniversary. Usually we get away for a four-day pedal sometime in September, but with my other plans eating up time we weren't sure it would happen this year. I'd miss that time alone as a couple, so I suggested a simple bike overnight. This means more to us than any restaurant celebration.
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My thought process for this ride was simple: Leave the car at home, and ride somewhere nice for an overnight that's a minimum of 50 miles away. I looked at the map and quickly noticed the "lake to lake" possibility as an option. Done, now let's gather the goods and begin riding. This is a solo trip for me. If you go with friends or family members, you can share the load and it won't be as heavy for any one person.
What would you do if the editor-in-chief of a local paper emailed you with the question: “Are you riding the century this Sunday?” Oh, and you’ve hardly ridden more than 15 miles at a stretch during the last few months. And, it’s Friday, two days before the ride. This was my first contact with Mr. Lee James. I had sent him a bundle of ideas, sample clips, and a resume earlier in the week. Maybe I’m jumping the gun thinking he wants a story. Maybe he’s just looking for a riding buddy. But it quickly got me thinking about what’s possible off the couch. The first time I rode 100 miles was this same event, but that was twelve years ago, and I trained for ten weeks, following Bicycling magazine’s schedule.
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