Two Moto Diva's were covering as much of the Island as we could in 3 days. This ride is the gateway to the Pacific Rim National Park and onto Tofino, my favourite place on Vancouver Island. I definitely had to resist the great temptation of riding there.
Reality struck because we weren't prepared and it would have been a long late haul home over very twisty roads and lots of traffic. It can wait for another day. Off to Port Alberni for lunch instead which seemed like a good compromise.
We were hungry after riding some more wicked twisties, jockeying around campers and logging trucks going through Cathedral Grove on the way into Port Alberni.
Ms. S. has eaten here before, it was a very kitschy funky place. Being in a seafood area we had seafood, it seemed sacrilegious to have a burger.
I had a ginormous bowl of seafood chowder (which I didn't think was going to be that big) side Ceasar salad & baguette.
The trees here are enormous! I love the forest and the beautiful lush greens and generally the solitude, but unfortunately there is a major highway through the park, so it's not so quiet. The trees are majestically beautiful and the Park service has protected the ecosystem with a trail path system. If you go off the trail and a park warden catches you, you can be fined.
Every time we drive through here we stop, it is just that magnificent.
What is this or who is this you may ask? It's the elusive Vancouver Island wood Troll! Oh my gosh I was in blog heaven! Hello troll selfie heaven!
Parking is a little dicey, it's crowded, small spaces and you are usually trying to avoid being hit by someone entering or exiting and the traffic screaming down the hill despite it being a restricted speed area.