Day 25 – Langford, Cowichan, Port Alberni

3 Sep

I have a long route planned with much of it on gravel. Hopefully the adventure goes well. No surprise that I’m searching for more of the “scenic backway” which I have a passion for. If I’m successful today I can honestly say that I know and have either ridden or driven the scenic backway from the most easterly tip of Newfoundland in the Atlantic to the Pacific coast at Tofino.   

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We met up with these three at the west end of Cowichan Lake, Heather Campsite/boat ram. They have ridden from California.
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I had a look at their map which showed better detail than mine.
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It is a long drive through remote and wild country, some on private roads.
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We made it to Port Alberni at about 5:30pm after ‘enjoying” 90 km of gravel roads mostly hard packed but some loose surfaced. I am glad that I installed the Rally Armour mudflaps before we started this trip. The roads connecting Youbou, Bamfield and Port Alberni are gravel, with only a very short section of pavement that is poor condition.
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In my opinion not suitable for a car, I would not enjoy riding my Suzuki Vstrom through this 100km section of wildeness. Anyone attempting to drive through here should have good GPS and navigational skills.
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We took lots of pictures of the huge trees in the Carmanah forest with the sun rays filtering through the drooping branches. I’ve never seen such a lush green forest. We saw no wildlife at all, in the trees or the clearcut logging areas or along the road. We ventured only a short walk into the forest and quickly realized how difficult it is to walk; all the ferns and deadfalls make it nearly impossible.

We are tenting at Timberlodge just on the edge of town and had a very nice dinner overlooking the waterfront at the Starboard Grill.
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For anyone interested this has been my 5th day wearing running shoes and my icebreaker socks and they don’t stink. Amazing.

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2 Responses to “Day 25 – Langford, Cowichan, Port Alberni”

  1. Tom Neumann September 9, 2014 at 12:04 pm #

    I knew you would find gravel somewhere!!! 🙂

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