This was a great trip, got me thinking that I could enjoy staying out on the bike. The offroad riding is great, it is the getting there that sucks. When you stay out, you get more of the good stuff :)
If I had to pick highs and lows … the bugaboo bypass was a high, and the flat tires immediately before and after were lows. Lunch and swimming in McClure lake was good, so were the campsites. Exploring on the shoulder of Arrowsmith was good. The Port Alberni side of the Port Alberni -> Pachena leg was not so good (thick gravel, dusty road with fast traffic).
We were starting to feel a bit rushed/tired at this point, so we didn’t stay long, nor seriously look for a way to get the bikes onto the beach for a photo op.
Same thing here, a very quick visit to Bamfield.
And from there, to the 2nd/final campsite. Which was supposed to be the Flora Lake recreation site. But it has been decomissioned, as they pulled out a bridge.
So, we made do with the campsite at the (new) end of the road. We walked to the old sites, and griped about not being able to get to the 2nd one which had a dock! But all-in-all, it was fine. Water just past that barrier, a lake to get clean in, a trail to explore, and cause to scout the area to see if there was another way in.
This was the night I was wishing for a chair. I could have eaten better, I could have had a windbreaker, I could have carried more water … but the only thing I really missed was having some way to sit down with a backrest. Once I ate and stopped moving, I was tired.
Next day, we headed toward Nitinat. First stop was the hatchery, but it was closed.
From there we checked out the wind/kitesurfing camp on Nitinat lake. (I really need to make some time and get out there with my windsurfing gear again.) From there it was up Carmanah Mainline for the bugaboo bypass.
Except I wanted one more stab at Caycuse main, since google maps seemed to indicate where the old mainline went … versus the spur we followed last time I was here.
Little did I know, but my rear tire was losing pressure while we had lunch (and a swim).
And I botched the patch job (too much glue). So we had to do it again just S of Port Renfrew.
I appear to have gotten some reasonable video… (used up 2.5 gopro batteries and 15 gig of storage). If I can find time, I might be able to edit it down to something worth watching.