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This is a cycling trip along the Mediterranean coast of Spain from Barcelona to Alicante for a total distance of 570 km. I have traveled parts of it already and my ability to speak Spanish certainly helped.  There is lots to see and do, so expect to ride about 60 km/day. Plan is to ride down the coast and take the train to return to Barcelona.
Accommodation: Staying at inexpensive pensions, “casas rurales” (country cottages) and yes-perhaps Warm Showers. (no camping)
Cost: Airfare return is just under $1,000. (or less, there are deals out there). Add food, lodgings, and sundries.
Contact: Email Sharon if you are interested and/or have further questions.

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This hub-and-spoke bike trip is based out of Sorrento, located near Salmon Arm, on the banks of Shuswap Lake. There will be day rides starting and ending in Sorrento, with ride options available here and here. There are many country roads to explore with minimal traffic. Obviously there are more rides than time available; the plan is to whittle down the choices closer to the date, with longer rides on full days and shorter rides on arrival and departure days.  We will stay at the Sorrento Center in their cabanas, which are rustic cabins with no running water, meaning a traipse to a washhouse nearby for showers/bathrooms/dishwashing. Dishes, cookware, and bedding are NOT provided. There are options for meals to be provided or DIY. Apparently, they can accommodate special diets. If it rains, we ride and/or hang out in the cabana playing full contact Scrabble. Limit is 8 participants.

RSVP: by notifying Teresa, providing a $75 deposit before May 20. Let Teresa know if you plan to have your meals provided by the Sorrento Center. Also let her know if you have room in your vehicle to take other passengers

Cost: gas $ to get to and from Sorrento. Shared cost of cabana ($85 per cabana per night, divided among total people). Food -there is a local grocery store close by. $ for souvenirs to make your friends jealous, in the form of chainsaw art.

Bring: a bike in good working order, bedding (sleeping bag), toiletries, towel, tools and supplies for flats, bike clothing for the weather conditions, food if you plan to cook, and many items recommended here.

Meet: 12pm-1pm at the Sorrento Center,1159 Passchendaele Road, Sorrento. It’s a 4-5hr drive from Vancouver.

Tours are open to members only.

 

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The San Juan Islands are the more touristy, less hippy-dippy siblings of the BC Gulf Islands. This used to be an annual tour for the VBC and is due for resurrection. This 4 day tour will explore San Juan, Orcas, and Lopez Islands by self-supported bike. It starts  in Anacortes Saturday morning, where we ride to the ferry terminal to catch the ferry for San Juan Island.  We spend the first night at Lakedale Resorts and Campground which is blessed with campsites, a hotel, and everything in between. The 2nd day, we take the ferry to Orcas Island and camp at Moran State Park for 2 nights. The goal is to ride up to Mount Constitution the third day. On the 4th day, we take a ferry to explore Lopez Island, before taking one last ferry back to Anacortes and our waiting vehicles.

Lodgings: Although the leader will be camping, riders are welcome to book the fixed roof lodgings available at both sites. Keep in mind the self-supported riders will be slower paced. Getting to the start of the ride is the responsibility of the riders.

Costs: $30-40US for camping, $30US for return ferry, gas to and from Anacortes, health insurance, meals

Meals: breakfast and dinner likely in the campsite, lunches on the road

Bring: a bike in good working order, tools and parts for simple repairs, passport or Nexus, toilettries and clothes,  camping gear if you plan to camp

Distances: Expect to ride up to 60-70km/day. Anacortes to Ferry: 6km, San Juan Ferry to Lakedale: 8km, Orcas Ferry to Moran State Park: 21km, Moran to Mount Constitution: 10km one way, mostly climbing. Not a beginner tour. Routes: Day 1plus 6km to ride to ferry, Day 2, Day 3, Day 4

Meet: Cap Sante Marina located at 1019 Q Ave, Anacortes, WA 98221, at 830AM on Saturday July 8.

RSVP the leader: Teresa

Open to VBC members only.

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Want to post a last-minute impromptu ride? Want to be updated about impromptu rides? We’re starting a WhatsApp group for just this purpose. We’re calling these rides “Flash Rides” because they’re so spur-of-the-moment. It’s wonderful because a text can be sent out once and everyone gets it instantaneously. If a ride is cancelled, a text can be sent out to notify the group.

Everyone who wants to be part of this group need to download WhatsApp (it’s free) to their phone. Once this is done, they can email Faye their phone # and be added to the group. WhatsApp, once loaded, can be access through WiFi or data.

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Overnight ride to Victoria Aug 13+14 with Irene, Chris and Eva

Can you join us? Here is the itinerary:

Saturday: take the 9:00am ferry from Tsawwassen to Swartz Bay. Ride through North Saanich following the West Saanich Road to Brentwood Bay where we cross over to East Saanich Road and then pick up the Lochside Trail. Most likely there will be a lunch stop at the Cordova Bay Golf Course. After the break we continue on the Lochside Trail to Victoria and to the UVIC campus. Check-in at the dorms (reservation required), shower, relax, before taking the bus to downtown Victoria for dinner.

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This is a 2 day bike tour that features some spectacular scenery of the Fraser Valley, from the pastoral farms to snow-capped mountains. The ride starts near Sumas and goes to Harrison Lake where we spend Saturday night. The following day will take us past Bridal Falls and back to the start. There are some challenging hills and busy roads, so have a word with yourself and your cardiologist before embarking. Distance is about 80km each day-NOT a beginner tour. I’ll be relying on a GPS, so expect wayfinding difficulties. You will need to bring a bike that has the right gearing for hills, tools and spares in the event of mechanical failure, and a rack for carrying overnight gear.  For the weight-conscious, all you need is a credit card and toothbrush with toothpaste already applied. I plan to motel it, but riders are welcome to camp/hotel/motel as all are in town. I plan to eat out in town and on the road, ie. no cooking. Credit goes to Bill and Erin Woods for the route.  Tour is weather-dependent.

Route: Day 1 and Day 2

RSVP: Teresa

Meet: Saturday 900AM at 1st Ave and B St near the Sumas border crossing. (See Day 1 map for start point.)

Comments: There were no takers other than Cam and I again for this tour. I get it that Harrison is a rinky-dink resort town, but it’s really about the journey. In terms of riding, there’s a good variety of terrain and interesting stops. No mechanical issues at all, but Cam’s affinity for animals led him to get stung by a bee. I managed to drop my wallet and find it again after riding back on the wrong side of the road. Again, we curse the Agassiz-Rosedale bridge for being such a Russian roulette of 18-wheeler suicide. Oh, and the brutal headwinds westbound. No free lunch, even on the flats.

Enjoy the photos:

https://photos.google.com/share/AF1QipMQzwWeh40By2S5e08lZ6LOeK_TrPSPSUFynqKQy4cJTOttH2KgbkBBLiglwQ-h2w?key=SFFoYUs3dkMyRHNOaVpiNjkwVEk4dnpPN2pWNXBn

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