Sunday, August 2, 2015

Summer moto rambling on Vancouver Island


We have been having the most incredible summer.  We've had long hot stretches of dry hot sunny weather.  Although ithasn't  been good for our forests as we've had lots of wild fires and at times it's almost been too hot to ride.  I know right! I bet you can't believe I said that - I said almost.  Friday I hopped on my bike ready for adventure and coaxed my hubby out for the day. We started the day off riding a technical twisty country road, steep in some places, very narrow, blind curves and steep hills.  It was fabulous and I was wishing I had my GoPro.  We met up with my friend Deb and the 3 of us were off to ride the Cowichan Valley and find a fabulous lunch somewhere.  


Deb has a brand new bike a 2014 Honda CTX700T and has been logging miles on it.  Friday was about 33C temp wise.  We were off on our adventure.  We rode through the beautiful Cowichan Valley with its lush farmland and beautiful sweeping vineyards, down to the onceanside and back into the countryside. 


We stopped at Maple Bay marina for lunch and it was delicious, so delicious I didnt take pictures.  There is a thriving floathome community with beautiful homes.  I found myself reminiscing and thinking about a lifestyle change again, longing for my time on the water.  It would be very attractive, but for the fact it was missing garage space, bikes don't do well near the ocean, pitting, corrosion, just to list a few after effects.
After a lovely lunch it was time to saddle up and explore a little more.  We continued down the twisties until the end which led us to another marina, Genoa Bay.  They have a smaller floathome community with only 12 homes and one was for sale and had an open house, I couldn't resist and we chatted with the owner and I seriously considered plonking down cash to recaputure a life I once lived.  But sometimes you can't rewind time. 

I love these whale sculptures, you see them around the island quite a bit, each is different and unique.

The hub waiting patiently for me to get saddled up. 


This is spectacular and represents the West Coast lifestyle. 



It was time to make our way home and wend our way back through the valley towards home.  It was a long weekend here and we were mindful of the traffic volume building and wanted to get home before it became too crazy. 


The weekend has been amazing, it culminated in me teaching the remainder of the my novice motorcycle students.  They all passed with flying colours and it was the icing on the cake.


11 comments:

Andrew Thomson said...

Looks like a nice day out on the bikes. I remember the sun...just...

Conchscooter said...

Glad it wasn't too hot, because it looked like a worthwhile day. And soon enough I dare say it will be cold and dark and...

SonjaM said...

Lovely ride, albeit a bit hot for my taste. I would immediately move into a float home, rent a garage somewhere to store the bikes and give into that unique lifestyle... sigh. I couldn't be farther away from that right now...

Richard M said...

Such a beautiful area. Too bad the ferry rides are so high...

Richard M said...

And +1 to Sonja's float home comment!

VStar Lady said...

Lovely photos of the Island Dar. I love living near the water, not so sure about living on it though. Seems to me there used to be a place near here that manufactured float homes but we don't have any floating communities here. They were sent to places like Seattle and Vancouver.

Trobairitz said...

What a great day for riding.

We too enjoyed the orca statues when we were in Victoria.

Ry Austin said...

What a lovely place to live and to ride, Dar.

You know, I'm mighty fond of my neck of the woods for riding opportunities (landlocked though it is), but to ride a costal area--that's something I must do. I imagine that it can be a magical experience.

Dar said...

I really considered yhe floathome, but really there are so many logistics and although it sound romantic & perfect it does have its own unique issues that at times can be overwhelming. There is essentially no protection for floathome owners and their homes with regards to water lot ownership and you are pretty much at the mercy of marina owners, so it can be tenuous at times.

I love riding on the island it is magical and beautiful.

Coop a.k.a. Coopdway said...

I can certainly imagine the draw of a float home, we even have some not far from here on the Mississippi. I'm with VSL in that living near it is enough to provide extra and essential 'extra' life.

Lynne Goebeler said...

I sure understand too hot to ride, there are some days like that here in Georgia. Glad you got out and enjoyed the day!