Prince Rupert Here We Come

Rumors of Cougar in the north country, chocolate milk for its restorative powers and keep em coming, busted chains repaired McGuyver style while the kids munch road side plums that run down their chins, thunderstorms outside Parksville, aquatic parks outside Naniamo, chasing the tide in and out at Rathtrevor park, and conjuring up a working set of toe clips before breakfast out good intentions and a few bolts borrowed from a light on the back of the trailer. Beth eating cheerios out of her bike jersey pockets to keep from bonking at the end of a long day, and all our equipment strapped onto the roof of a station wagon to avoid a very long stretch of logging truck road with no shoulders -( but road signs showing a car and a bike side by side living in perfect harmony – I’ll take a shoulder, even a small one, over an artist’s rendering of polite drivers) – all this and so much more will be recorded in full, plus tons of pictures, once I’ve had a proper lie down – takes a bit of energy pulling that heap of bike around Canada – and we are settled into the ferry ride to Prince Rupert – leaving bright and early Monday morn -note to self, the ferries around here make you show up 90 minutes early or you lose your res. Means I’m thinking about becoming a monk because I’m keeping monks hours anyway – have to haul everyone up at 4:30 am to make the 10k ride to the ferry on time. I’d rather have a chimp beat me with a rubber hose around the neck and shoulders while I ride, than get up at 4:30 am. You see, I’m not exactly a morning person. At least not that time of the morning. PS. The riding across VC Island was glorious – my body is changing into something I don’t immediately recognize and our spirits are soaring. Good times on two wheels, hungry, tired, damn good times.


Joe and the gang

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6 Responses to Prince Rupert Here We Come

  1. Rob Bennie says:

    Enjoyed meeting you on board the ferry. It brought back a lot of memories of touring by tandem and trailer with my own kids over the past 20 years, through Europe, Eastern Europe, Turkey, Tibet and Nepal. Unfortunately, I never got a real chance to chat after you left the wheelhouse but I agree with your plan to skip the prairies and can tell you that Northern Ontario can be a long slog with a lot of truck traffic on the only main road. You would enjoy spending more time on the Cabot Trail and Lighthouse route in Nova Scotia. It is magical. Look forward to your trip stories. They will tide me over til my next trip – sans kids.

    Rob Bennie 3rd Officer, Northern Adventure B.C. Ferries

  2. Marianne and Terry Gildea says:

    Dear Joe, Beth and the entire Kurmaskie gang,

    We are thinking about (and praying for) your safety. We’ll follow you on your blog. Best of luck. You guys are amazing.
    Love, Your cuz Marianne and Terry.
    P.S. Mateo is the cutest 1-year-old cyclist ever.

  3. We did not envy the 4:30am start to catch that ferry! Hope you are now well on your way from Prince Rupert and have not lost any food to the bears! Beth – how was the “Body Glide”?!

  4. Luke Hoekstra says:

    Joe –

    You guys rock! Lovin’ the blog. Sounds like heaven and hell at the same time – but mostly heaven, eh? Overcoming those little hellish moments just makes the experience all the more heavenly, right? Such are the BEST journeys in life, and your on one right now. SO inspiring! I’ve forwarded your blog to everyone that I know. EVERYONE I talk to about it is incredibly inspired as well. Keep up the good work gang!

  5. logan says:

    I’m all to familiar with the ferry’s policy on showing up early. Other than that it sounds like you’re having a blast. Looking forward to the picutres.

  6. Congratulations! You are making good time. Let’s hope for improved weather for the rest of your trip. You inspire us!