Day 1: Port Angeles WA, 50 miles

Today’s route: Part 1, Part 2, and Part 3.

The Coast hotel near Vancouver airport worked well for this one night stay. Then, aside from some navigational challenges to get to the bike path on the Alex Fraser Bridge, it was 30 miles of uneventful riding through the Vancouver suburbs and farms in order to get to the ferry in Tsawassen.



It was a nice ferry ride to Swartz Bay on Vancouver Island. I couldn’t get many photos because the weather was a bit misty. There were a few other cyclists on board. One of them was riding to Victoria to stay with a friend overnight, then heading back home to Vancouver.




It was a pleasant ride down the Lochside Trail. It wasn’t a single “trail”, but an interlinked connection of paved bike paths, connections to residential streets, and portions of trail with decomposed granite, which worked rather well. It pretty well signed (except for a couple of places, one where I noticed, one where I did not) so I ignored my GPS which kept trying to reroute me. Lots of different kinds of cyclists out there, though no long distance touring cyclists like myself.



Then it was on to the Galloping Goose trail for the final miles into Victoria. Victoria is a city which looks more English than Canadian. Not too much time to look around, since I had to catch the ferry to Port Angeles, Washington. Maybe I’ll have to go back with the family to explore more someday on foot.


Another nice ferry ride from Victoria BC to Port Angeles WA. The other bikes on the bike rack were from two couples who were spending a few days over in Victoria. We talked about my trip, and I mentioned that I had an extra day built in to my schedule. They suggested heading up to Hurricane Ridge, as it couldn’t be missed. So I added another night onto my hotel stay and set my plans for tomorrow!