To Vancouver Island. 8-25-16

No moose sightings today.  They have no moose in Canada.

Please try posting to the blog I think after my conversation with tech support being able to post to the blog is supposedly straightened out.

It was a warmer start this morning with temperatures in the mid 50’s and clear skies.  We went for gas then headed South on PR 97 heading into tighter mountains with changes in the soil in places.

Soil changes
Soil changes

After a short distance we turned West on PR 99 toward Vancouver.  The scenery changed to granite walls and mountains with a valley floor that was farmed for hay wherever it was flat.

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The views along the entire stretch were amazing.

Bridge on PR99
Bridge on PR99

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Further down the valley we passed some beautiful lakes some with island cottages, again beautiful.

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We came upon a few small towns established in the gold mining days.

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In the place I took this picture we could see waterfalls, one is pictured here.

Waterfall on PR99
Waterfall on PR99

Some of the lakes were backwaters above dams.  This one had a log jam in it.

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The great scenery just kept coming. We had keep moving to get to the ferry in time for a trip across the bay to Vancouver Island.

The bikes loaded an d chocked in place.
The bikes loaded and chocked in place.
Waiting to board the ferry.
Waiting to board the ferry.
Bill checking the bikes.
Bill getting his camera and checking the bikes.
The ferry to Vancouver Island.
The ferry to Vancouver Island.
On deck 6
On deck 6
Docking on Vancouver Island.
Docking on Vancouver Island.

It was hot when we left the ferry, 95 degrees.  We started South to Victoria and ran into a traffic jam caused by a forest fire on the island. With the extreme heat Bill’s bike started overheating again and we took to the shoulder of the road to drive past the jam.  We did this after seeing a few other bikes that had gone by doing the same thing.  We just hope there wasn’t any cops.

The jam on the road to Victoria.
The jam on the road to Victoria.
Waiting to cool from the overheating.
Waiting to cool from the overheating.
Behind us.
Behind us.

We finally got into Victoria and checked into the first good looking hotel we found.  The hotel was the Sandman and it had everything we needed starting with a shower after this hot day.  Had a good meal and drinks before retiring.

The Sandman Hotel in Victoria.
The Sandman Hotel in Victoria.

As I was writing this I called the ferry co. about taking the trip from Victoria to the Olympic peninsula and the town of Port Angeles. I was told they have been booked up for vehicles for a while with this being the last weekend of the summer.  I said we were on motorcycles and he said in that case be in line at the ferry before noon and we would probably get on. We’re on our way.

Another customs check on this side.

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