cycling Port Alberni to Victoria on the NEW Spine Trail

A signature recreation destination in Canada, the Vancouver Island Spine Trail will span more than 700 kilometres from Victoria to Cape Scott. Traversing wild coasts, ancient and working forests and joining island communities, the trail will be a month-long journey in its entirety. …

It’s not finished. But I plan to cycle — and hike a bike — a section in 2017. I’ll start in Port Alberni … and see how far south I can get.

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on bikepacking

I spent 10 days on the bike this summer camping illegally every night. It was wonderful.

The Guardian posted an excellent article on the pursuit.

Bikepacking: the perfect autumn adventure in the UK

A new fusion of wild camping and off-road touring, bikepacking gets you close to nature and far from the stresses of modern life. And autumn is the ideal time to go.

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cycle hiking Chilco, Idaho

A classic training session for Dave and Jeni is to cycle up to the Chilco trailhead out of Coeur d’Alene. The big push is a relentless 4.2 miles up to the saddle. Some were left gasping.

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Next a steep hike up to great views on the summit ridge.

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This was Dave’s first real test of his knee since surgery. It survived. 🙂

It’s often windy up here. Today the weather was perfect.

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Jeni’s traditional summit handstand

The ride down on gravel I found sketchy. Dave and Jeni are Adventure Racers and found that challenge fairly trivial.

We were 4 hours up and down from Dave’s home. Hot tub and red wine was my reward.

cycle hiking San Juan island

Cycle hiking the Islands – trip report by site editor Rick McCharles

Due to ferry schedules I arrived Friday Harbor late in the day. The town’s name originates from Joseph Poalie Friday, a native Hawaiian.

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I purchased food for dinner and headed out to find a place to camp.

Next morning early I was back at the Bean Cafe. These free wifi spots are my longest breaks during each day.

Tourist information told me the south was more scenic than the north, so I headed towards American Camp.

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There are a number of trails. I opted to start towards Grandma’s Cove and made my own loop back.

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It’s very popular.

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American Camp is a legacy of the Pig War, a confrontation in 1859 between the United States and Great Britain over the Canada-U.S. border. Over a pig. Not kidding.

This was my first really hot, sunny day on the bike.

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At times I wished I’d rented one of Susie’s Scootcars instead. 🙂

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Nearby is Cattle Point Lighthouse.

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Jakle’s Lagoon is the trailhead for several interesting looking hikes. Hot and nearly out of water, I gave them a miss. This time.

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After lunch I headed north to Roche Harbor with it’s weird sculpture garden.

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The resort is cluttered. Too near the airport for my liking. But I did like the colour scheme.

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Next stop – English Camp.

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Much quieter than American Camp.

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It was late in the day when I finally reached Lime Kiln Park State Park.

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A highlight of the day was spotting Orcas.