Monday, July 27, 2009

Getting Ready for Canada, eh!

Erin and I are getting excited about our upcoming tour of Vancouver Island and the Sunshine Coast. We have 8 days to explore the islands by bicycle. We look forward to being completely self-sufficient, pedaling our way through unfamiliar territory and making new friends. My first trip to Canada and it's going to be completely pedal powered - well, besides the ferry rides of course. 

Yesterday I got our bikes set up with racks and did a lot of much-needed maintenance, including changing out my brake pads and cables. Upon inspection of my rear brake cable I realized that it was, and has been, broken for some time. How I didn't notice is beyond me as I have been using the bike everyday for the commute. Suffice to say, I am really lucky and also relieved to have some proper functioning brakes.

This is Erin's first multi-day bike tour. She told me yesterday that she hoped to not become bored during the trip. With all that will be going on, and especially with the scenery I believe we will witness while there, I can't imagine that boredom will ever become an issue. Especially since we'll be in bear territory!
I plan to write in a journal daily so I can document the adventure and later submit it to various publications in the hopes of getting the story published. Whether that becomes a reality or not, it sure beats sitting behind a desk and doing the sometimes mundane routine of daily city living. It should also help me get my mind off the store clerk who was murdered yesterday about 10 blocks from our house. 

A young man sporting a Burton snowboard beanie and sunglasses and wearing a bandana over his face walked into the store during the early hours of a beautiful Sunday morning and shot the 28-year old clerk twice. And for what? A few dollars perhaps, maybe so he could get that next fix of some shitty amphetamine or maybe score some heroin. Taking an innocent man's life for his own "pleasure." I hope the cretin who perpetrated this crime is happy with himself and with the lives he has ruined, including his own. I digress.

Looking forward to the open road, camping out under the stars and working hard - or in this case, pedaling hard - for a cold Canadian brand beer. Eh!

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