A couple of a weekends ago, my fellow and I headed out for a get-away in Victoria, BC on Vancouver Island. We used a combination of cycling and public transit to reach the ferry on the Vancouver / Mainland side of the trip, and hopped the ferry over to Vancouver Island. From the ferry terminal in Schwartz Bay on the island, we rode the Lochside Trail into Victoria. This 33 kilometre trip is mostly flat, and runs alongside the highway, through farmland, forest and suburbs and finally winds into the city.
Traveling towards Victoria we faced headwinds and I got two flat tires along the way. After a frustrating two and a half hours we made it to Victoria, cold and tired. What better way to raise our spirits than a leisurely dinner at The Pink Bicycle. We stuffed ourselves on homemade soup, yummy (and ethical) burgers, fries cooked in truffle oil, local beer and chocolately desserts.
After a weekend spent vintage shopping, beer tasting and filling up on great, local food we made the trip back to Vancouver. The return ride was much more pleasant, and far faster! With strong tailwinds to help us along, we made the trip from Victoria to Schwartz Bay in a mere hour and a half!