Monday May 6th, 2013

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Today was the warm up for Mile 0 tomorrow. We took the Canada Line and then the bus to Tsawwassen. Paul was pleased to have looked at the You Tube video of how to mount a bike on the front of a Translink bus, but then we got on board to find out that we needed to pay for another zone. This required Paul to call out to the assembled passengers to ask for change. This was forthcoming as were conversations on what we were doing etc etc. The man opposite was enjoying his retirement and was off to visit a friend on Mayne Island, drink beer and play his guitar. An older great grandmother was still having to work to ensure that her  grandchildren have shoes….We are already getting a taste of the role our bikes can perform as conversation openers.

After a sunny crossing spent out on deck, during which we spotted the dorsal fins of a couple of orcas near Active Pass, we readied our bikes for disembarking at Swartz Bay. You do get a good view when the ship docks.

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The cycle  into Victoria took us along the scenic and blossom-scented Lochside Trail. Formerly a railway line, the trail passes through parts of Sydney and other towns along the way which we don’t see from  the highway.

We had a lovely barbecue with Isy and Rod at their house in Victoria, catching up and hearing about their Mexican winter retreat.

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