Cycle Across Canada Rides the BC Lung Trek

This year’s ride took place on 10th and 11th September, and was for both “oldies” and “rookies” alike, but all of us in our Life Cycle Team had ridden before – it was in fact, Maxine’s 19th Trek. In contrast to the rain of last year, we had two great sunny days! Here are some photos of our Team:


Jill at the finish on Trek day 1.


Maxine crosses the finish line closely followed by team member Rose, on Trek Day 1


Dave on his way to the finish on Trek day 1.

As a Team, we had hoped to raise $7,500 but managed to reach $6,451. The total for the Trek itself was one of the lowest in many years, which is probably a sign of the poor state of our economy. But a very special thanks to our main sponsor The Medicine Shoppe – Comox It is thanks to their kind donation that we achieved this amount.

Very many thanks to our friends who generously gave their support!! Would we do it again – certainly! And it will be Maxine’s 20th ride!

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Cycle Across Canada goes to the USA – San Juan and Beyond!

Not far from this house is the Lavender Farm which was in full bloom:


The Lavender Farm on San Juan

It being a fine sunny day, Dave was put to work doing some groundwork!: bbDavePlows.JPG

Dave at the plough!

From Friday Harbor we took the Ferry to Orcas Island, where we stayed at The Inn on Orcas a great B&B in Deer Harbor. The owners had spent several years collecting artwork hoping one day to be able to open a B&B where it could all be displayed. We certainly recommend this B&B:


This is just one room, but they are all filled with pieces from their collection!

We cycled across the Island through Orcas Village to Moran State Park with the intention of riding up Mt. Constitution, but the clouds descended, so not being able to see the mountain, we went back to our B&B


Cloud and rain at Cascade Lake

Our next Ferry ride took us to Lopez Island where we cycled all the way across the Island to our final B&B in Mackaye Harbor:


Sunset over Mackaye Harbor

We spent several hours on the beach here collecting “Beach Glass”, but at the nearby Agate Beach, some detailed searching failed to produce any agates – but others nearby were successful! We cycled the Island once again back to the Ferry Terminal where we left the Islands and went to Anacortes.

From Anacortes, Maxine had to ferry back to Vancouver Island and return to work, but Dave headed east to cross the Cascade Mountain range. Leaving Anacortes at 3pm, he followed Hwy 20 along the Skagit River as far as Concrete and camped for the night. Next day was sunny and very hot but the first sign encountered warned:


Wind warning in the Skagit Valley

There then followed hours and hours of steady climbing in a temperature of 32°C (88°F) with lots of great views:


Looking back over Diablo Lake

Lots more climbing until finally at the Pass after 12 hours of riding!


Washington Pass – for info, bike plus load weighs 50kgs (110 lbs)!

Needless to say, the ride down the other side to Mazama took only 40 minutes at speeds around 60 kph (37 mph) and on a loaded bike weighing 45 kgs (100 lbs) luckily nothing got in the way on that descent! Next morning took in Winthrop with its Old West style buildings, and then I met up with Peggy and Jerry from Fulsom CA who were also cycling to Pateros where we camped by the Lake:


A campsite with a view!

Next day, we went our separate ways, and I discovered that the road to Grand Coulee was without shade – and again hot and sunny at 34°C (92°F) all day!


No shade in sight in any direction!

Spent the night at a campsite in Grand Coulee, where I was politely advised I “must be crazy” to ride out and up the “Wilbur Hill” in that hot weather! Well, crazy or not, I had to ride the hill next day, and the 6kms (4 miles) took me a full hour!


Looking back to Grand Coulee from the Wilbur Hill

The next leg of the ride took me through the wheat growing area of this part of Washington State, and once again, no shade!


It is a long road travelled!

All that wheat reminded me of earlier rides through the Canadian Prairies: mWheat.JPG

Wheat all the way to the horizon

Finally made it to Spokane where I caught up with family friends I had not seen since Dubai days some 20 years ago! It was great to visit with them and catch up on family news, and a promise to meet again in a lot less than 20 years! Rather than retrace my steps back to the coast, I took the advice of Peggy and Jerry (met earlier at Pateros) and used Amtrak to get back to Edmonds. Thanks here to Randy at Novelis who helped me make a box and pack my bike – which needed 2 ½ standard bicycle boxes – and to my friend Bob who took me to Spokane Station at midnight!


Un-packing and re-assembling the bike at Edmonds Station

From Edmonds I took the ferry over to Kingston, and headed west along the Olympic Penninsula. Much of this route was traffic free along the Discovery Trail:


The Discovery Trail across an old railway bridge

While on the ferry to Kingston, I met Pat and Jack, a motorcycle touring couple who later passed me on the road, and invited me back for pizza on their 60ft boat in Sequim Marina! It was already late, and I was beginning to wonder where I would find dinner, so this invite was very welcome! Next day I reached Port Angeles, took the Victoria Express to downtown Victoria, cycled up Island to Brentwood Bay and ferry again to Mill Bay where Maxine met me, and we drove home.

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Cycle Across Canada goes to Africa 2010!


Cape Town



”Uncle” Dave with Krystal and Jordan – and Table Mountain backdrop.

Dave is in Cape Town to participate in The Cape Argus cycle race which is held on the Cape Penninsula on March 14th. This is a 109 km race starting and finishing in Cape Town. There are 35,000 entries, including Lance Armstrong – and he need not worry about being beaten by Dave, because they are in different groups! Dave is in the 65-69 years old group, and Lance (plus most of the other riders!) are in somewhat younger categories! Here are some photos taken on Chapman’s Peak, Suikerbossie Hill and the finish line:

At the start of Chapman’s Peak

All on Chapppies!

Near the summit of Chappies!

On Suikerbossie

This hill goes on forever!!

Finish Line!

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Cycle Across Canada – Local Charity Ride

Team Lung Life completes the 25th Anniversary BC Lung Trek

The weekend of 12/13 September saw our Team ride in the 200km Trek along with a total of some 400 other riders. Our Team raised just over $10,000 to support the BC Lung Trek The overall total raised was just over $400,000!

Here is our Team with Scott McDonald of the BC Lung Association:


From the left: Jill; Rene; Jean; Rose; Maxine; Dave and Angela

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Warm Showers – Cycle Across Canada

We have had the pleasure of hosting several touring cyclists this summer, and who – like us – belong to the Warm Showers List. Click and check it out! This List is a hospitality site for touring cyclists. People who are willing to host cyclists sign up and provide their contact information, and may occasionally have someone stay with them and share great stories. The minimum requirement is a place to pitch a tent, and use of your shower and laundry, but if there are no other visitors, members often provide a bed and a meal. Continue reading to see some of our recent visitors:

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