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Bike Newcastle Island

This is out of order. Somehow I didn’t get this posted before.

Saturday, October 7, 2017

I did laundry and filled the propane tank while Martha paid bills. We extended for another day to get us through Canada’s Thanksgiving weekend, so we moved over to site 115. The site backs up to a cliff overlooking the harbor. Our new neighbors, Brian and Leslie are from the Island on the northeast side. They both teach school and needed a quiet weekend away. We told them we are going to Pacific Rim National Park tomorrow, and they said it is their favorite place, and where to go and what to see.

We drove into town to take the little water taxi over to Newcastle Island for a bike ride. It was cloudy and windy, but the little boat was covered with clear plastic. The nice, young captain helped us put the bikes on and off the boat. It runs every half hour, making it easy to relax and enjoy the day. It’s a beautiful ride around the little island and doesn’t take long. It might be better to walk it and enjoy the scenery. Either way it is very pretty and enjoyable.

Going back across, the captain’s daughter drove the boat under his careful watch. A couple with a beautiful chocolate lab sat across from us. They live on Vancouver Island also, but lived in the Yukon for 35 years teaching school. He also taught mountain biking and guided biking tours in Alaska and the Yukon. A very interesting outdoor guy, it was fun listening to his stories for this 10-minute ride. He also told us about his favorite hike near Ucluelet, the Wild Pacific Trail.

For dinner we went to Troller’s Fresh Fish and Chips down on the docks. We had seen it from the farmer’s market. It was a cool, breezy evening and there was no inside seating. On Brian’s suggestion, we ordered Halibut fish and chips, since it is in season. Funny how you remember a meal from a particular place. The Halibut we had in Seward, Alaska after taking a fiord cruise was the best. I have had many fish and chip meals since. This one was right up there with the best.