Living the Dream
It is truly amazing to be writing this having cycled over 2,700 miles and officially being done! I decided that I would end in Vancouver while I was still having the most fun and make my way to Victoria, on Vancouver Island, to relax and soak it all in for a day.
It is hand for me to put into words how truly amazing this trip has been and how it feels to be done. I have, in the last 51 days of cycling, accomplished something, until rather recently, I never saw myself being able to pull off. Yet here I am, writing these words, having done it and ready for another cycling tour next year/month/etc.
I will write a more meaningful reflection on the tour and what it meant to me personally later but for now, here’s a re-cap of the past week or so since leaving Prince George and getting into Vancouver.
I had a great homestay in Prince George and stayed an extra day to wait out a storm which was a wise decision. Upon leaving P.G., I knew I still had a ways to Vancouver so I had to focus on being in the moment and not focusing so much on “the end”.
The riding from P.G. south was hilly and gradually getting warmer and warmer which was a welcome relief in some aspects compared to the previous 3-4 weeks of rain and overcast weather. This also drained me a bit but as always, my body adapted quick enough.
The ride south from P.G. went smoothly enough and was merely an “approach ride” to get me to the infamous Sea-to-Sky Highway. This highway takes a “backroad” into Vancouver through the Coastal Mountains and passes through many great mountain communities including Pemeberton, Whistler and Squamish. This ride was some of the most demanding riding I would do all tour but it seemed a fitting end to an already spectacular tour. This section alone would be a worthy tour in itself complete with 38 degree Celsius desert ecosystems, 10-13% 3,000 ft. climbs, 15% downhill switchbacks, snow-capped mountains all around, alpine lakes and wonderful people. If I ever come back here with a bike, I am definitely riding it again!
It was hard going from remote highways and mountains and “wilderness” to the urban sprawl of Vancouver. I had to psyche myself up to come into such a beautiful, yet extremely busy, city. It turned out to be easier than I had envisioned but even then, I could only do it for a day. My host in Vancouver got us free tickets to Theater under the stars, we ate tacos, and saw fireworks. A fitting end, for sure, but my true “end” would be Vancouver Island where I could unwind, relax a bit, and spend time with my riding partner through the tour, John Crouch. He has ended a few days before me so I made it to his home just in time for his Welcome back party and the past day and a half has been full off stories, food, tours of Victoria and now relaxing.
Tomorrow I will take a ferry out to Seattle and spend a few days hanging out and relaxing before flying home to El Paso where I get to see my wonderful family and eat all the delicious mexican food my stomach can handle. For now, this great city is calling for me to explore, so adios!
For those interested:
Prince George to Quesnel 81 miles
Quesnel to 150 Mile House 84 miles
150 Mile House to 59 Mile House 83 miles
59 Mile House to Lillooet 84 miles
Lillooet to Pemberton 60 miles
Pemberton to Squamish 62 miles
Squamish to Vancouver 43 miles
Total Distance from Prince George to Vancouver 497 miles!!!
As always, I shall shut my pie-hole and show you pretty pictures because I do this experience very little justice with my words….