Vancouver to San Francisco Tour 2016 – A Cycle Tour by someone who’s never cycle toured before – Day 2 – Schwartz Bay to Victoria

Day 2 – I knew I had a short 30k day ahead of me so this was the perfect remedy for Day 1. This was a very quaint ride along bike paths that meandered through rural and residential areas of Victoria Island. It was flat, there were plenty of people and it was just ‘nice’.

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I had started singing and talking to myself already on day one but it was here that I discovered that I could do it happily in public. I’ve always been OK with that, but usually in the privacy of my own home. It was also here that I started seeing more cyclists – either tourers or just couples out for a morning ride. I started to notice a level of appreciation of other riders that culminated in a nod and ‘mornin’. In the same way that Harley Davidson riders or Corvette owners do. However, there were some that did not adhere so such codes of conduct. This sometimes left me out in the cold and wondering ‘did they see me?’ or ‘do they not know?!’. I came to the conclusion that they usually did see me but they were just miserable. This born out the ‘Miserable C#$t’ song:

“You are a F@#king Miserable C#-£t / You F@#king Miserable C#£t / I smiled at you, you didn’t smile ba-ak / You are a Miserable C#£t”

Now I know It’s not very nice, and of course I would only sing it to myself – under my breath – after they were out of ear distance – but it kept me privately (now publicly) entertained along the length of my trip.

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Anyway, this moral boosting day led me to Victoria where I decided I needed a hostel. I booked myself into the HI there. I went out for lunch and stocked up on clam chowder and nice sandwich. I stocked up on produce and I was ready for the next day. In hindsight, it may have been a little melodramatic to feel like I needed a room after 2 days, however it certainly served it’s purpose at the time

It was good however as I met a big group of tourers in the HI. They were at the beginning of their Trans Canada trip – Victoria to St John’s, Newfoundland. They were a mix of ages and experience and they were the first bike tourers I had actually spoken to but it made feel a bit better about my trip. 

Passport to the ready and early to bed as I prepared for an early rise for the US of A.

  • Route can be found HERE

Cheers, Scott

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