9 posts tagged Victoria

Packing for the Islands

I'm packing for a no-car trip to the San Juan Islands. I did it 4 years ago, for my 60th. That trip started from Orange County, CA. This trip is more compact, but hopefully just as much fun, this week-long, no-car, bike getaway. What makes it more compact, besides starting from Portland this time, is a new ferry option out of Seattle. In 2012 we ferried from Seattle to Victoria, B.C. then the four of us rented bikes for an 8-day island-hopping junket. This ferry takes us direct – party of ... Continue Reading

Mystery of the Year

It's been a great year of cycling adventures, but not without its mysteries. Here's my last photo of Skunky, my mascot for the 8-day family bike tour of Victoria B.C. and the San Juan Islands this August. This tour would be how I celebrated my 60th birthday. Who knew I'd pay such a price? My son had "The Claw" lashed to his bike rack; it took me a few days to find my own distinctive amulet. Who knows how Skunky escaped? He would've been tossed into the trunk of the taxi at the ... Continue Reading

Dash to Victoria

This last day on tour of Vancouver Island and the San Juan's is a hectic one. I made all these travel plans before the Washington State Ferries even published their summer schedule, and even if they had, what options would that have given me? Everyone's become an experienced bicycle tourist by this point. Right after breakfast the water bottles are filled; the panniers ready to load. We're all looking forward to this last day's itinerary. We have to catch the ferry out of Friday Harbor ... Continue Reading

Sighting Orcas? No, Card Sharks

Home today; the cloud cover so thick it could be mistaken for the Northwest. We were afraid that temperatures would be much higher than during our week in Victoria and surrounds; we needn't have worried. As I reminisce, the time on San Juan Island was a highlight. The log cabin theme all across the Lakedale Resort was charming, a throwback to times of old. How would we spend our last layover day? The boys dreamed of renting mopeds and burning petroleum all afternoon, but since ... Continue Reading

Bicycle Birthday

I got a couple of smart-alec birthday cards last night, but what would you expect when you're on a 60th birthday bicycle tour of the Pacific Northwest. Getting older... aint't for sissies. It's a modest tour by any standards: easy, so that everyone would feel comfortable on this ride. The morning was another early start to get to the ferry at Orcas; we were heading to Friday Harbor on San Juan Island, but first we had to get off this island. The 14-mile ride to Rosario Resort was ... Continue Reading

The Lochside Trail

We were on a schedule; we had to get to the ferry in Sidney in time for a noon departure. If we missed this ferry we had only one other opportunity to get to Orcas Island this day — we'd arrive after 10pm, so we left early to have time for any unforeseen adventure. We exit Victoria via the Galloping Goose rails to trails route The Lochside Trail to Sidney was just as advertised: smooth, flat and mostly off-road. We made many seat adjustment stops; it took several stops before we ... Continue Reading

A Coastal Ride

Today was another layover day; a day for each of us to do our own thing. Mark and I did a big loop around Victoria's outer neighborhoods then cruised along the eastern coastal roads. On the Galloping Goose rails to trails Today never warmed up as forecast, so the layer I peeled off earlier came in handy as an afternoon breeze blew in from the south. A sign I hope to soon see at home Continue Reading

Layover Day

It was Victoria's hottest day of the year, but nothing to slow us down — temperatures hit the low 80s. We picked up the bikes in the late morning. Ben at CycleTreks was very helpful. He fitted each of us to the right size rental bike and assisted with the panniers. One of my panniers is missing a rubber-type shim where it clamps to the rack; my idea was to take a piece of old tubing and stuff it into place. Ben had a better idea and brought out a damaged tire which he deftly cut to ... Continue Reading

John Luton, Cycle Vancouver Island

I first learned of John through his bike rack guide, Bicycles at Rest, but I couldn't remember how I got a copy, after all it was printed in Victoria, British Columbia. It took some while before I realized the connection to my bikeNewportBeach riding buddy, Matt O'Toole, who has spent many an idle moment sailing the waters in and around Vancouver Island. Recently I had a more personal reason to reach out to John: I began planning a family bike vacation, in part to celebrate my 60th ... Continue Reading