Wednesday, May 17, 2006

Pre-flight checks

Things have been a little busy of late, hence the lack of general updating here. However, I felt that it was probably obligatory to get in at least one more post before hitting the road.

Tomorrow I will be picked up by a cab and taken to Toronto Pearosn Airport (YYZ) to catch an 11.15 flight to Vancouver (YVR) where, I can now reveal, I will be meeting my travelling companion, none other than Trepid Explorer (see links in sidebar for details). For reasons I won't be going into at this time she, like I, has decided to abandon the nine to five and a permanent home to pursue adventure and exploration as far as cycling across Canada will allow.

From there we will be cycling to a harbour for a ferry to Nanaimo on Vancouver Island. After staying the night there we will be taking a bus to the far side of the island to the town of Tofino to begin our ride. This is the home of Kilometre 0 of the Trans Canada Highway (TCH) and where our journey east will begin by heading south to Ucelet and then back towards Nanaimo. This is about as much solid route planning that has been done for this trip and is probably for the best. I like the taste of uncertainty that I'll have from not knowing precisely where I'm going to be 10 days from now and not feeling tied to a definitive schedule that would prohibit making the kind of discoveries that will hopefully make this trip for me.

I'd just like to take a moment to thank the Novak family for putting me up and putting up with me since January, this trip would have been much harder to organise without their hospitality.

I now await the last load of laundry to dry so I can do the last bit of packing and then lie in bed biting my nails over all of the things that I have definitely done but the fear part of my brain insists I have not. Still, I'm not unused to this as I have regularly questioned the sanity and my ability to spend three months on the road in a tent. Naturally I'll keep you updated on how that works out.