cycling Nanaimo to Duncan

Having failed on my first attempt out of Port Alberni (two flat tires in two days), I opted instead for an easier start in Nanaimo. It was 3:30pm by the time I got going.

July 3, 2019. Day 1.

I tried using The Great Trail app for navigation.

It’s not 100% ready.  😕  Nor is The Great Trail as there’s still far too much paved road included on the 24,000+ km.

The app’s recommended route started well …

… but soon got me lost.

I gave up on the recommend side roads and actually enjoyed riding the Trans-Canada Highway to Duncan. I was in a hurry to finally get on to the Cowichan Valley Trail.

Great Trail app

The Cowichan Valley Trail is nice. Well graded gravel.

An important section of The Great Trail (formerly Trans Canada Trail).

Highlight of the day was two bears. They were snooping around my bike — no doubt attracted by the smell of my camping food.

Click PLAY or watch it on YouTube.

I found a quiet place to wild camp. Yes, I hung my food far from the tent. 😀

Click PLAY or watch my day on YouTube.


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Rick Mc

Career gymnastics coach who loves the outdoors, and the internet.

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