Podcast Episode #2 : Birthdays, The Duffy, and Rain

Leah & Cat are back with an all-new Podcast!  Learn about Leah’s triumph over The Duffy, celebrating her brother Jacob’s 30th Birthday and her first cold and rainy night.

Enjoy!

 

 

May 25, 2016 – Snow Creek to Coombs, BC

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.

 

Road report:

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

A beautiful view of Cameron Lake
A beautiful view of Cameron Lake
Walking around in Macmillan Provincial Park
Walking around in Macmillan Provincial Park
Totem Poles on Tseshaht First Nations land.
Totem Poles on Tseshaht First Nations land.