Tours

Multiple-day tours organized by the club.

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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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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Silver Lake Park, near Sumas, WA

That’s a photo from a club ride in 1992. The bridge is gone, but you can still enjoy the backroads and farms of Washington State. A longer version of last year’s ride, this ride is 15km longer, totalling 97km. Make sure you bring your passport/Nexus card, a bike in good repair, some tools/spares for simple repairs, US dollars/credit card, and enough snacks/water. There is climbing, but it’s very gradual or short spurts. There are nail-biting sections with heavy traffic and minimal shoulder. Pace will be in the low 20kms/hr. I’ll be relying on GPS, so expect wayfinding issues. Many thanks to Justin for the route. Lunch will be at North Fork Brewery.  Open to VBC members only.

If you can take others in a carpool or need a ride, please let Teresa know in your RSVP.

RSVP the leader: Teresa

Route: click here

Meet: 9AM at the Tim Hortons near Sumas/Huntington border crossing. Address is 1255 Sumas Way, Abbotsford, BC V2S 8H2

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