Today was going to be a short day. I had been up to this as my ‘well deserved rest day’. After all my knees and thighs were burning. It didn’t quite turn out like that.
Today was an odd day.
After discovering I had been ransacked by those Bastard Bandits I stopped sulking and got breakfast on the go. Oats and trail mix.
OK, so today is my last day with Oz and Paul. They are heading off to Portland tomorrow so I am going to have to make the most of their time. And it’s not as if I’ll catch-up with them either as they will head East as I go South the following day.
How a week seems to fly by. 7 days ago I was still in Vancouver blissfully unaware of how much FUN this was going to be.
So the hot weather continued. My English skin was taking a pounding even with sun screen on, but I did all that I could in order to prevent an evolution into a Lobster happening in a few days time. As it was a windy day, there was a bit of wind chill going on, I had my long sleeves on. This was my answer to the sun burn.
Today was a long day, at least, compared to what I had done so far. But it’s OK, I’m getting the hang of this now.
Waking, I felt refreshed and ready. I had been given kitchen duty for my 15 minute morning chores which I was pretty happy about. No one ever wants to do the toilet, right?
Day 4 started off as Day 3 ended – Wet.
Paul found me in the toilet block warming my hands under the dryer as it was a pretty cold night. This was mainly due to the fact that I had no ground mat, meaning all my heat was used to warm-up the water under my ground sheet, not my body.
I left Canada for to the USA. There are 2 main ways to negotiate Washington (from the book). One was the Inland route (East of the Olympic Mountains), and the other was being the Peninsula route (West of the Olympic Mountains). You can summarise this by either the Dry (inland) or Wet (peninsula) way. I chose ‘wet’ because I thought the rain forest would be pretty.
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’.
Day 1 = WTF am I doing
I rose nice and early to catch my first ferry of the day from Horseshoe Bay, but the first task was to cross Vancouver City to get to the North Shore. Vancouver is the biggest city en route before San Francisco so although it’s pretty easy to navigate, it was a bit stressful.