In episode 9 Leah talks about an eventful few days with another group of riders including an almost run in with a deer and maybe a bear? She also tells us about her visit to her old summer camp and why she loved it when she was a kid.
In our eighth episode we have 2 very special guests…Leah’s parents! Debra and Robert tell us what it was like joining Leah on her ride through some of Ontario’s toughest roads, including a very unique moose encounter. Oh, and Leah is halfway done!
In our 7th episode Leah tells us how she spent Canada Day with Mike Ranta, a man (and his dog) paddling across Canada in a canoe! Leah also talks about what its been like meeting other cyclists on the road and how she feels about being a month into her ride.
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Next in Leah’s Great Canadian Adventure….Leah spends her birthday in Winnipeg during Aboriginal Day, her route gets washed out 🙁 , and she’s finally in her home province of Ontario!
In our fifth episode Leah talks to us from the province of Manitoba. She tells us about the tails winds in Saskatchewan, her very first moose sighting and how shooting the documentary is going. She also reflects on her hardest day so far; riding up the Duffy.
This morning I was greeted by a bald eagle, perched on a tree before flying by – my first encounter with the local wildlife! After leaving Snow Creek Campground I was met with a nice long downhill to start the day. That, combined with beautiful weather, was a great beginning! I saw my first bear of the trip, too! Sadly I could not take a photo before she ran off, but it was pretty perfect; She was sniffing around on top of a large rock about three stories above the road. So cool. Two moderate hills aside, it was mostly cruising all the way to Port Alberni where I stopped for lunch, a massive and delicious tuna burger at Pescadores Bistro in Port Alberni (so good!!!!!!!) and when I left I realized I had a nice sharp hill in front of me… on a very full stomach. After a quick visit to the Visitor’s Centre I started climbing for what seemed like forever but it really wasn’t, maybe 3km or so. I call it “Rockies Training”. Once the 300 m of climbing was over I was rewarded with a nice, long descent into Macmillan Provincial Park. With old douglas firs lined with moss as far as the eye can see, it is impossible not to be in awe. I took advantage of their nature trails, snapped a few pics, and continued on. Grabbed some ice cream at Whiskey Creek and began to notice a funny trend: Chatsworth Ave., Melrose Rd., Burbank Rd… Methinks someone here had an affinity for California. I rolled into Coombs Country Campground and because they are empty except for one other family, they let me crash here for free!! No complaints here! All in all a great day.
One quick thing to note: I know it’s always hard to trust directions, but it’s hilarious when you realize how wrong people are, regardless of how well-intentioned they may be. A kind woman warned me about an upcoming hill: “I see people having to walk their bikes up it all the time.” I didn’t have to get out of my big chain ring to climb it.
Conditions were more of the same as yesterday; well-paved roads, not too wide shoulders but usually enough, generous traffic.
Distance: 45 miles / 72 km
Climbing: Approx 3700 ft / 1,127 m
North Hollywood to Sycamore Canyon Campground
Redeemed!! As I sit here in my tent before bed and hopefully a full night’s rest, I am in a much better place than I was last week, both figuratively and literally. I am spending the night at Sycamore Canyon, about four miles up the Pacific Coast Highway from Leo Carillo. I am the only occupant of the hike/bike site (last week the sites were packed and we all got little sleep due to noisy neighbours). Cat stopped by for a short visit which was incredibly sweet of her. The ride today was relatively uneventful albeit long. I need to find a way to balance filming the ride whilst maintaining good time on the bike. I would expect that I won’t shoot nearly as often as I am doing this weekend as I’m trying to get a lot of footage out of only two days.
I’ve always wanted to ride Las Virgenes through the mountains and it met my expectations. Not as difficult when taking one’s time. Tomorrow I will wake early and take the same route that Wesley and I rode last week up Encinal to Decker, through the mountains to Thousand Oaks, Calabasas, and then the San Fernando Valley. It’s a lot of climbing but it’s incredibly beautiful. I’ll be taking a lot of pictures.
Please, God, no flats!!