The Tramway provides access to a ski hill on the other side of the mountain.
In summer this is a terrific way to access hiking and mountain biking trails.
Still … I’m glad I saw it. Highly recommended.
Sandia is wrongly advertised as the “longest in the world”.
The entertaining cable car announcers grudgingly concede that Dajti Ekspres cable car in Albania is longer.
And I’ve been to Merida, Venezuela. That series of four aerial tramways – reopened April 2016 – goes 1640 – 4765 meters making it the highest tourist aerial tramway in the world. It’s 12.5 km long. Far longer than Sandia.
The ferry Friday Harbor to Sidney BC departs only once a day in the morning. Many times ferry schedules determine your days.
Once back to Sidney CANADA, I cycled to Swartz Bay and rode the big ferry back to Tsawwassen.
Some say you cannot ride out of Tsawwassen because bikes are not allowed in the tunnel. Just in case I put my bike on the front of a bus.
A local on that same bus recommended we ride together downtown from the River Rock Casino. That’s not bad. You spend a lot of time on a street called Ontario.
The best hiking was on Orcas. The best riding perhaps Galiano and Whidbey.
I’d love to go back to Orcas too for mountain biking.
It’s easier to carry gear by bike than on your back. But hills are murder. I’ll definitely lighten the load next time.
I’m planning a future short loop from Whidbey to the mainland and back to Port Townsend by road. Perhaps in winter when traffic is lighter. And – of course – I’ve many of the Canadian Gulf Islands yet to explore. 🙂
I bought a hybrid bike for touringMay 2016. It’s in Calgary. I’ll be doing some Rocky mountain biking in August.
July 2016 I bought a second identical bike to be stored in Parksville, BC at my parent’s place. (I’ll now have a mountain bike and a hybrid in each city.)
I got the second on sale for $550 as it’s now last year’s model. It would have cost me well over $100 to ship a bike Calgary to Parksville. And another $100+ to ship it back. THAT’s the good reason. It’s less expensive for me to own two bikes than to ship one back and forth.
I’ll be cycling a lot both out of Calgary and Parksville on the two bikes.
However … MEC bungled my order for the $550 last-year’s-model. Instead I had to buy this year’s model now $775. AND I needed to accessorize twice. Quite costly.