I finally have some photos of my trip on Flickr, click here. This isn't all of them, of course, but a nice sampling. Enjoy!
86.12 kilometers and four hours after leaving Victoria yesterday morning, I arrived in Vancouver, bringing the GRAND TOTAL up to . . . drumroll please . . . 1244.93 kilometers. For some perspective, that's equivalent to the width of Texas, over three times the length of Vancouver Island itself, 6 km short of the length of Cuba, approximately the distance from Winnipeg to Lethbridge, AB, or to Sault Ste. Marie in the other direction. That was fun.
As if smiling wryly, ironically, the sky opened up and dumped three weeks of pent-up rain down on the streets around me. I was safely inside my cove at 1986, 38th Avenue East, but I went out to get sushi anyway. I think it would've been funnier if it rained on me all day. The last day. A flat tire would've been a nice flair as well. But nothing. Just utter good luck all the way to the end. And I do believe good weather is just luck. Sorry. I am thankful for it, but . . . well I won't get theological.
More Fun Facts and Figures:
Number of . . .
-times I walked my bike up a hill: 2
-drunken tugboat workers I partied on ferries with: 2
-nights I paid to pitch my tent on God's green earth: 7 out of 22
-times I got chased by a dog: 1
-islands I visited: 7, not counting Van Isle itself
-times I wished I had a companion: a few
-times I was happy to be alone: countless
-Americanos consumed in small-town cafes: lost track
-creepy Polish men who tried to kiss me: 1
-hours I spent in the saddle: 64 hours, 11 minutes
-times I got lost: a few
-times I actually cared: 2
-times I slept under the stars: 2
-friendly, hospitable, generous people I met: lost track
-flat tires: 0
-times I got entertained by a bluegrass bands on ferries: 1
-pubs I slept behind: 1
-Winnipeggers I met: 4
-extremely loveable people I know in Victoria: 2
-bee stings on my breast from the little beasts flying down my shirt:1
-times the ocean took my breath away:countless
-times I wished I was somewhere else: 0
-times I got eaten by a cougar: once, but thankfully I was reincarnated immediately