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Day 2 - Vancouver Island, Canada - 68 km

Vancouver Island is graced with sunshine which makes me happy starting this journey. We leave early morning from Vancouver and make a stop at Mighty Riders, the bike shop which assembled my bike. I’m all set for the long haul. I need to get used to the heavy weight again, but the bike feels balanced. 

Paul joins me for a few days. He lives in Vancouver since about 35 years, but is originally Dutch. Actually, he grew up two houses from where I grew up in Oud-Beijerland, the Netherlands. He emigrated to Vancouver before I was born so I never knew him. It’s a small world. Paul (53) is a young boy in an older body. He has cycled the world quite a bit himself together with his wife Janice. He also traversed Baffin Island in the eastern arctic of Canada on skis carrying along a 100 kg sled of food and equipment with them. Last fall they sailed down the Yukon with a canoe. When you’re a Canadian the outdoors is never far out of reach and always large at scale.

From Vancouver Island we cycle uphill into the forest. Over logging roads which are steep and rocky. My legs are not fit for this, after a year spending time in offices without much exercise. But we get there, Paul is first, and we camp at an open spot along a little pond. 

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