Cycle Touring Vancouver Island
I moved to Courtenay, Vancouver Island, in late 2015, but have been bike touring for long years. Since I moved to the Island, I've mostly been exploring new backroad routes closer to home, many of them for this website.
In my younger years, I worked a long stretch of years in international development, in Africa, Asia & the Pacific Islands. When I returned to Canada, I found a new job and career in Vancouver. Soon enough, my feet started to itch, and I started taking off for weekend bike tours, mostly over on Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast.
I loved cycling (I can fly!). Soon enough I was heading off all over for annual cycle touring holidays. I’ve done a bunch of long rides inside & outside Canada, including the far, far north of North America, various countries in Central Asia, the Middle East, Africa and SE Asia. Check out the World Tour photo galleries.
But Vancouver Island remains a special place for me, and I just love the camping.
My email contact address is firstname.lastname@example.org.
I enjoy hearing from other cycle tourists, and maybe swapping a few tales. Feel free to contact me if you need some more info or want to share some thoughts. I can also share GPS track files for most of the more remote backroads rides on this site (*.gpx format, which work on Garmin compatible devices).
My goal with this website is promote and support cycle touring in my corner of BC, and to keep myself connected with the cycle touring community. I do not offer guided tours (a number of readers have asked me).
I have a handful of bikes. In early 2017, I finally bought myself a new bikepacker bike, a Surly ECR 29+". I've had a chance to get it out for lots of rough, tough rides now. Wow - it really is a lot of fun, so much so that I find myself wanting to take it out for every ride. For more, check out my bikes pages.
This has been my first go at building a website. Sometimes I feel my braincells have turned into sludge. But it's been a good learn, other than my ongoing frustrations with mobile (cell phone) optimization.
As I've been getting on in years, I've developed an appreciation for poking around places I visit, and kicking back a little more, rather then pushing hard to make time passing through. I'm still tackling extreme rides, and my last vacation in the Himalayas was multi-month serious high altitude climbing - but my approach is mellowing.