|Odometer before departure|
It's 8 am in North Vancouver. I'm reviewing the travel stages that I have to perform today. Today will be a rather long day.
|Ready to go ...|
|On y va !|
At 10 am I'm ready to check out. In line in front of me is Klaus T. from Germany. He is about 50 years of age and sports a gut in a tight T-shirt and a Kaiser Wilhelm Schnurbart. I giggle away until he leaves the room and then say to the receptionist: If you were wondering about the moustache: That was an Emperor Wilhelm Moustache. She says "actually I WAS wondering about that moustache!". So I explain to her that during WWI every decent German was trying to copy that bloody thing to show his patriotism for the German Empire but that I hadn't thought people did that still. When Klaus T. was leaning on the reception it was evident that he thought that he was striking a cool pose. Little did and does he know what the world really thinks about his moustache.
Back to the long day: these 4 pictures should indicate HOW long it will be (The size is kind of proportional to the distance covered).
|To Waterfront Skytrain Station|
|Hopefully not the last I will see of my saddle bags (bad memories of Amsterdam Schiphol)|
|The bike with neither air nor pedals|
|Fortunately on a bridge OVER the motorway ;-)|
|While I am navigating by the sun (no cell phone signal), I am surprised to see this sign. In this Old Hollow I lost the bolt that held the pedal that I lost the next day on the trip in 2013.|
|The bike paths could be MUCH worse. And what a heavenly quiet; no cars to be heard on these paths!|
|A bicycle parkade at the train station|
|Travelling along OLD railway lines with OLD bridges|
|to some tiny English town some 20 kms from Gatwick|
|High Street in Hobbiton|
|An even older bridge|
|Almost there !|