|A small part of what they see|
So I hop onto the bike at 11 am to catch the 12:20 ferry, even though ice is present where ever I look (although not too much on the roads thanks to salt). The early departure proved unnecessary in retrospect; it takes me 45 minutes to get to the ferry terminal.
|Q of S arriving|
The ferry is surprisingly full; the cafeteria has a line-up until 10 minutes before arriving in Horseshoe Bay. I try to hang out on the sundeck to take some pictures, but the wind cuts into my already cold fingers with icy determination, so I quickly abandon the idea.
|Add some false-colour and one of the Group of 7 should have painted this|
|almost in Horseshoe Bay|
While on the way West, Google Maps displayed a bike route that included the highway for a bit, for the way East they send me all the way along Marine Drive in West Vancouver.
|The usual views from West Vancouver|
Yes, true, there is a lot of up and down and up again, but I am in my hotel at 13:55. That is 3 hours door-to-door travel time in total and really only 2.5 hours if one subtracts the 35 minutes waiting at Langdale (once I know end-point-to-ferry travel times, I can start cutting it closer ;-).
2.5 Hours door-to-door? Why would I do this in a car again? In a car one always has to allow for traffic, overflowing ferries, etc etc. and consequently has to leave much too early. Not so on a bike. The ferry never fills up and car traffic does not really affect bike travel time. Oh right. This is Vancouver. There is the rain to consider ;-(
As for Vancouver: When I get back to the motel, my room keys don't work anymore. I to the office and have them re-keyed. They still don't work. I go back to the office and get new keys. Finally I get into my room !
Then my car doesn't start. The battery is too weak. But I can't really blame this one on Vancouver because this is the car's (A 2002 model) FIRST battery. This battery worked for 12 years ! Thank you, battery !