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Thanksgiving on wheels (moderate friendly bike touring) · Sat. Oct. 8th - Mon. Oct. 10th
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Start: Saturday, Oct. 8th, 6:00 am
End: Monday, Oct. 10th, 11:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting: Wednesday, Oct. 5th, 6:00 pm
Pre-trip meeting location: Clubroom or outside clubroom
Vancouver Island is a great place to ride within close distance to Vancouver, without the need for car shuttles. We heard that Nanaimo enjoys some of the driest weather on the Island, so here's hoping for some nice autumn riding over Thanksgiving long weekend!
This is a 3-day ~200 km loop out of Nanaimo mostly on gravel roads and bike paths, with no technical terrain. A rough outline of the proposed route is here, avoiding busy/paved roads as much as possible, though open to changes. The plan is to do it clockwise (e.g. south from Nanaimo first).
You need a hybrid, cross or mountain bike. Skinny road tires are not good for this. Beware it's not a super easy route, has one 700m climb, and there's potential for long days in the saddle, thus the moderate friendly rating.
We've done some of these logging roads in the summer last year and you can get an idea of what was like here.
Some important points:
- You don't need to have experience with bike touring, but need to be ready for some type 2 fun.
- You need a gravel road capable bike, with some means to carry your camping gear (e.g. a rear rack), some food, and a few essential clothes. It has to be in good working order, be able to brake efficiently and change gears - if in any doubt, I can probably help you fix it before the trip and I rather do it before we set off than on the trail. A set of front and back lights is required (ideally a bright front light, in case we need to ride in the dark). Bring it to the pre-trip meeting if you have any doubts or email me anytime.
- You need to have a spare tube, and ideally a patch kit. The rest of the repair items we can share amongst the group
- We'll most likely be ninja camping the two nights, or possibly cheap paid campsites
- The distance doesn't include riding to and from the ferry at Horseshoe Bay, which adds about 35 km on either end. The cost of the round trip ferry with bikes is around $35. Alternatively, you could try and put the bike on the bus, but bear in mind there's only two spots at a time. There will be a group ride to the terminal from Vancouver for those who want.
- We will be aiming to get on the 8:30 AM departure to Nanaimo on Saturday 8th. Expect to get back late (on one of the last ferries) on Monday 10th.