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By Maya Goldstein In September Gili, Neil and I did a bike trip starting in Vancouver to Vancouver Island, to Denman and Hornby and the Sunshine Coast. It was lots of fun and the roads were generally quiet. We’ve only been on a major highway for 5 km or so on Vancouver Island. I think the fact that it was already September really helped as well since there wasn’t much traffic on the Sunshine Coast other than the last section from Sechelt to the ferry terminal.  We think it’s a great trip for families that can be started from Vancouver with lots of camping options, swimming, ice cream, ferries and blackberries and everything that makes a cycle tour fun. A 5-minute clip:  https://vimeo.com/246647472

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Pacific Rim, National Park Reserve, Tofino, Clayoqout Sound, Ucluelet, and Port Alberni Tofino and the Clayoqout Sound On the shores, lava rock protruded vertically in sheets from the sand, weathered by time, wind, sand, and water. Some formed large rocks and small islands. A bed of wet sand created a hard floor as the tide took out the water. The strong wind blew loose sand across this surface forming shifting dunes, a small concept of shifting sands of the African Sahara Desert. Water rushing into shore colliding with underwater plateaus and sand banks forming crushing waves hurling towards the shoreline and rocks in their way.       On the shores, lava rock protruded vertically in sheets from the sand, weathered by time, wind, sand, and water. Some formed large rocks and small islands. A bed of wet sand created a hard floor as the tide took out the water. The strong wind blew loose sand across this surface forming shifting dunes, a small concept of shifting sands of the African Sahara Desert. Water rushing …

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Part 4; Port Hardy to Prince Rupert What was I expecting on this trip up the Inner Passageway? I anticipated a lot of rain with low clouds and fog to obstruct the view. What was it really like? One could not ask for anything more than what we got. It was a stunning trip. . The weather was perfect for producing commercials for taking a cruise ship up this passage. The sun was beaming down. The wake behind the ship fanned out on a smooth water surface. The wind blew just enough to make it bearable to be in the sun. The mountains were majestic. I had not anticipated that this passage was so attractive. There were some dolphins and whales in the area. I managed to watch one from my seat inside the ship as it dived into the water. No time for taking a photo. Every now and then the ship deck announced landmarks being passed or sightings of fish. There was a school of porpoises jumping in the water but unfortunately, on the …

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A black lump lumbered across the highway and into the bush as I was ascending a hill.  Just over the hill’s crest a cyclist was approaching me, climbing in the opposite direction.  Four women were jogging towards me on my side of the road.  Thought I should warn them.  “Bear ahead”, I called out.  One smiled and asked, “Bear”.  I confirmed it and they just kept jogging on.  Guess for them it is a frequent occurrence.  No need to be affected by nature.  Just keep on doing one’s thing.  I was concerned that the mother of this young bear might still be a distance behind the cub and might just surprise them….. To the Inner Passage Trip Excerpts for my Notes from the 2004 trip: Part 2;  from Parksville to Woos      

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A ribbon of a road twists and curves its way up and down sides of mountains occasionally touching rivers with torrents of water crashing over rocks creating mini waterfalls. The consequences of being springtime, as mountainous snow cover recedes with the oncoming of warmer temperature. The snows of winter are being slowly replaced by the freshness of green, the carpet of spring.  Alongside, the trans-Canada rail line winds westward. Remnants of forest fires are passed; charred trees stand. Towering trees fence in the highway. Rock outcrops form shear walls vertically up from the shoulder of the road. Well light tunnels appear with sun penetrating inside though slated outside walls, while snow and rock avalanches pass harmlessly over the highway. Water drizzles down the stonewalls, shinning in the sun. The vigour of fresh, clean mountain air is ever present.   Drizzle is replaced by showers, then rain, the clouds, and then sun. So the cycle goes on. As the Town of Revelstoke is approached, the sun streams down between cracks in the clouds. The Town of Golden …

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