Tuesday May 7th, 2013. Day 1!

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Beginning on the traditional territory of the Songhees and Esquimalt First Nations

Day one of our cross-Canada tour  took us from Mile 0 of the Trans Canada highway, Victoria, to home, a cycle of  67 kms. The map includes the ferry ride which was not really difficult, as we were enjoying the sun out on deck.

The day started with breakfast  at our hotel with Dave, Kate, Heather, Isy and Rod. It was great to see old friends as we begin the trip. We cycled along Dallas Road to Mile 0 for the obligatory photos. Lois wanted to dip the back wheels of her bike in the Pacific ocean, but there was no easy access to the water and we were anxious to make the 1:00 pm boat.

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We followed the Lochside Trail again out of Victoria, stopping at Matticks Farm for coffee. Lois carried her iced latte in one of the bottle cages! It was another beautiful day and we again enjoyed the ferry crossing sitting out on deck watching for whales.

Cyclists cannot (and probably would not want to) go through the George Massey Tunnel. We got to Ladner (Bus) Exchange just in time to catch the #620. The driver dropped us at the first stop north of the tunnel at no charge. We could have ridden slightly further to take the shuttle but we would have had to wait. The cyclist who admired Lois’ bike while we were waiting to leave the ferry, and disappeared into the distance in Tsawwassen, overtook us again on the Canada Line Bridge. He must have taken the shuttle! The run into town was uneventful, although we were unprepared for the heat and will need to remember to drink more water when we are out on the road.

Ending  on the traditional territory of the Squamish First Nation

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