The morning after travelling, I did ride. I took Dash Too, my all-road bike out on my favourite route – 2 laps around Stanley Park.
This morning, 2 days after travelling, I did ride. Again, laps around the park.
My average speed is down. There is a lot of climbing in these parts. I don’t mind that. And, the air here on the west coast, is fresher. Cleaner. I don’t mind that. Oh, one last thing. There are a lot of cafes here. I’ve already visited two. I don’t mind that either.
I’ll miss the quiet, rural roads but I have lots to look forward to here as well.
I didn’t bike yesterday. I finished closing the cottage. Washed the floors. Cleaned the bathroom. Emptied the refrigerator. And, finished packing.
I didn’t bike today. This was travel day. I drove to the city. Shopped (I really needed that new pair of winter bibs) 😃 Drove to the airport. And, flew home.
These 2 days were rest days. Sort of. I’m exhausted. I could feel tension mounting as I approached the city. My pulse was faster. I was irritable. I was nervous driving. City drivers are fast, and aggressive. I found the day exhausting, and nerve racking.
I have become a country boy. Accustomed to a slower pace. Disconnected from the hustle and bustle of the city. Tomorrow, that changes.
Each year, the adjustment is more difficult. Each year, it takes longer. One year I won’t make it.
I need a bike ride to make things right.
Dash is parked until next summer.
I have decided to leave him at Camp PedalWORKS. He belongs here. He started life in these parts, and is particularly well suited to the rural roads. His 32 mm tires are perfect for the rougher Tarmac, and packed gravel routes. And, his more relaxed, touring like geometry are ideal for longer rides.
I’ll miss him, but have other bikes to ride. Bikes more suited to the city routes I ride. Lighter and speedier. Besides, Dash deserves a rest. He has traveled many km this summer. Almost 4,000.
He’ll be waiting here for me next summer, fully rested, and anxious to get back on the road.
We cycled 300+ km this week, Dash and I. This is our last week on these sublime, quiet, rural roads. We wanted to ride all of our favourite routes one last time before next season.
We have one ride left. Tomorrow we head to town to pick up a car rental needed for the trip to the airport. It’s a 60 km ride with sun and a helping wind forecast 😃 This ride will officially mark the end of Camp.
This year, camp was 4 months long. Longer than previous years. And, more intense. More miles. Harder, faster miles. Regular sprints, and hill repeats. And, long(er) Sunday rides.
It will be difficult adjusting to city cycling again.
I travel with a laptop. And, an iPhone, pairing the laptop to it to share the data plan since there is no wi-fi at Camp PedalWORKS.
Well, something’s wrong. The laptop won’t pair. Despite repeated attempts, and considerable research, it won’t happen.
At first, I was frightened. How would I pay the bills? Post to PedalWORKS? Check the weather?
Slowly, and happily, I learned I didn’t need the laptop. I began to download and install the apps I needed. Apps to do the banking. Apps to book flights and car rentals. Apps for weather forecasts. Apps for blog posting. And, apps for cycling.
I know. I’m late to this party too. But, in my defence, I have an older, unreliable iPhone with insufficient storage. Or, so I thought. In fact, it is more than adequate.
I’m ready to upgrade my iPhone, and pack up the laptop.
Years ago, when I first began road cycling, each year I would bike to the cottage. It was a 125 km ride. It would take me 8 hours to get there, and 6 to return. I’d bike up one day, rest the next, and then return.
I was new to road cycling. I knew nothing about hydration, fuelling, technique, or pacing. I just rode. Stopped when I was tired, or needed a drink.
Now that Camp PedalWORKS is an integral part of my cycling life, I want to ride here again. There are two differences – in a lot older (but more experienced), and it is a 4,500 km trip, not 125.
Next summer I am considering cycling to Camp PedalWORKS again, and am looking to put together a small group of like minded cyclists to do it with me. I’m planning on 4-6 weeks, camping along the way, and staying on quiet, rural roads as much as possible.
If you are interested in seeing Canada from a saddle, let’s talk.