Once on Vancouver Island, I took the 19A highway which hugs the shoreline and made it south to Qualicum Beach where I was fortunate to find Ruth and her husband Dave at home
. I worked with Ruth many years ago in Ottawa, and worked with David's son at a couple of high tech companies in Ottawa. They moved to Vancouver Island years ago and by all reports they continue to love living there, and based on what I saw, they all the reasons in the world to be so. Their back yard looks onto the golf course and the flowers they have in their gardens are remarkable. It was nice to see them happy in retirement in a great location.
I then rode south and on Vancouver Island and decided to catch the next possible ferry to Vancouver as the forecast was for rain later and I thought it would be better on the mainland if I needed to find a motel. So I was able to catch the 5:45 pm ferry out of Nanaimo to Tsawwassen (Vancouver) and as forecast it did start to rain as I checked into a Quality Inn.
One feature that I really like with BC Ferries is that all motorcycles ride onto the ferries first, and then usually are the first ones off.
Distance travelled: 375 Km
Today was a great day to be a biker. The sun was up early, the dew was minimal as I packed up the tent, and I was at the ferry terminal by 7:30 am in Earls Cove for the short ride over to Saltery Bay on the , then another short run on very twisty roads to Powell River where there was a wait of about two hours before departure on the next ferry. I was able to meet a couple of fellows waiting in line who race in regular "bathtub" races. It is a very interesting sport with a lot of social content as evidenced by one of the fellows who was asleep when I arrived to line up, was still asleep two hours later as we boarded the ferry and was seen sleeping on one of the outside decks. So at 12:00 pm the ferry left for the one and one half hour ride to Comox, Vancouver Island.