My last week in Calgary has been very frantic, as it should be! Trying to get organized and ready for 7 months on the road is always an interesting time, to say the least! On my very last day in Calgary I had my bike at Campione to resolve some gear issues (a big thanks to James) and I was still running around at MEC buying the last few items!
Thanks to Monica, my guest, I didn’t starve at my going away party....I was late for my own party! When I got home the table was full of beautifully prepared foods. Most of you know how useless I am in a kitchen, so needless to say that Monica’s help was hugely appreciated. Also, a big thanks to all my neighbours and friends who took the time to come to say goodbye. It was nice to relax in good company for my last evenng in Calgary.
The next morning I had a nice walk with Tashi and then I had to say goodbye to my girl. It wasn’t easy. She was laying down on the floor and gave me her best Golden Retriever sad look. It didn’t take more than that.....I will miss her like crazy, but she will be fine.
Before I left I weighed all my gear and loaded my bike for a short spin. To my surprise I had 80 lbs of gear, before water, fuel and food! So when I am on the road I will be riding with about 90 lbs on the bike at all times. Add to this 35 pounds for the bike and I am sure you can imagine the rest! On my previous trip I was carrying about 50 to 60 lbs because I was sharing some of the camping items with my partner and I didn’t have as many warm clothes and of course I didn’t carry photography equipment! So my theory is that instead of getting rid of my camera to reduce my load, I will try to lose some weight instead!!!
I have been riding here on Vancouver and Salt Spring Islands with my friend John. Today I am on Denman island. So far my knee is doing well. I am trying not to push it too hard and keep my RPM up but it is not easy to keep it up on a 10% hill with 90 lbs on the bike I have limited the distances to about 60km per day to make sure I don’t tax my body too much the first week.
Tonight I will celebrate Canada day and my birthday in a small and very cool cafe/hostel on Denman island. There will be live music, good food, wine and maybe some dancing. As usual this wasn’t planned but it was just there for me
Tomorrow I will be heading to Comox and over to the Sunshine coast for the next few days. It is very nice to be on my bike again. Life is very simple on the bike and every day I have the chance to meet some nice people. All the stress of the past few months is slowly going away.
I wish you all a Happy Canada day
Celine and Ladybug (the bike!)