Last time I was at BS many years ago for friends wedding a glorified closet was far more than that. I think you can wander the halls for free. Cool place. If you want to swim in the outdoor pool, you need to buy a spa pass for ~$100 a day. Cool experience in the winter but not worth that much to me.Probably more expensive than the Banff Caribou Lodge where i am for the nite. And it's $400.
Good ride to Vancouver today.I didn't really plan to go this far. But all of a sudden found myself at the loading dock for the ferry to Nanaimo. The ride from Shuswap was strange. Mountains, then flat farmland, more mountains and then boom! Pacific.
No provision to tie your bike down on the ferry. Leave it in gear on the sidestand and they stuff a big wooden wedge under the right side.
And somehow i hit 19,000km.i need an oil change.
Thanks. Exactly the help i need today. I'll head to Tofino first. It's a perfect day here.Brings back a lot of memories! Not tying the bikes down freaked me out at first, until someone pointed out that boats that big simply don't change direction fast enough to be a problem. And they don't sail if there's even a minor storm, as storms are so rare. It's called the Pacific for a reason...
Worth checking out Victoria if you're on the island, it's an underrated city, lots more than the "newly wed and nearly dead" stereotype. Lots more interesting than Nanaimo, I think.
Or take the highway to the top and see Port Hardy (journey, not destination for that one), though be cautious of the logging roads up there. They're made of big, sharp rocks that absolutely shred tires.
Or head into the middle-west of the island for the surfer nuttiness of Tofino. The road to Gold River is pretty extraordinary, too. Or do a loop around the southwest and stop at places like China Beach, with giant prehistoric trees and gorgeous views of the ocean.
Or come back via Comox to Powell River, down through the Sunshine Coast to experience one of the great twisty motorcycle roads anywhere.
Vancouver Island is an amazing place. As you can probably tell, I miss visiting there far more than I miss living in the Vancouver area...
Have a blast!