|Nerves started to set in as I start my trip|
It was already 2pm when I finally left my place... I wasn't worried. And I wasn't even thinking about rushing it. Learning from previous cycling trips of rushing to get to a destination is a bad way and the wrong way of doing cycling tours. I promised myself that no matter what, I will take my time and enjoy the ride rather than kill myself just so that I can reach my destination in a timely manner. I realize that this can't always be achieved because there's always that ferry that you have to catch, or darkness just around the corner, but it is always good to plan way ahead of time so that you don't run into these issues too often. As I say this, now I'm thinking to myself, 'but cycle touring is so dynamic that anything could happen while you're in the middle of your journey!', In that case, my thought is just go with it.
Ok, before I keep rambling on, here is the breakdown of how the day went. It will be short as this first leg of the trip is also very short. Today's destination is Tsawwassen, British Columbia. This is where the ferry is located that would take me over to Vancouver Island where the city of Victoria is located. I will be getting on this ferry at first sailing at 7am tomorrow morning.
Coming down from my place was very easy, it was all downhill. There was no need to stop and 'smell the
roses' on this part of the trip, I had been through this area a million times. In no time at all, I was already making my way up my first challenge of the day, Sir Alex Fraser Bridge. This bridge is so deceivingly long and steep. Adding a very strong headwind and a nearly 70lb bike and trailer cargo became challenging. But I relished it. It gave my lungs a chance to open up and I started getting in that 'zone' of seemingly being able to ride forever. I felt very strong. All the stress and aching stomach are long gone by this time. I can finally enjoy my ride.
|Climbing the Alex Fraser Bridge was a welcomed challenge|
|Bridge Over Water|
|Sunny Tsawwassen. My home for the night.|
|This is about how I feel right now.|
You can't have a better first night campsite than this. Lawn furniture, nicely cut grass, power to charge up your devices, and most importantly FREE Wifi!
So this is where I am, typing this blog. Soon it will be completely dark and I will be heading off to bed. I will have to try and wake up at 5am so that I can pack up my things to catch the 7am ferry. Breakfast will be had on the 2hr ferry ride. From then, off to Victoria I go. This has been a great start of the trip so far. It might rain tonight, it might not. I don't care, I'm enjoying myself.
Next blog update, tomorrow night, somewhere in nowhere Victoria... maybe. Thanks for reading.