Bike The Galloping Goose Trail

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Monday, October 16, 2017

We hiked from the campground to the Galloping Goose Trail, a rails-to-trails that runs from Victoria to Leechtown, just north of Sooke. This is 55 km, but they are building an ENN Trail in Victoria that will connect. Seeing how pretty it was, we walked back to camp and brought the bikes back up. We rode 12 miles up to Sooke and back. It goes along Lake Matheson and Roche Cove and into Sooke. It was all through a beautiful rain forest where moss grows a foot thick on trees, and ferns grow out of rocks. There were trestles across streams and great views of the lake, cove and the Straight of Juan de Fuca. Some beautiful houses sat on rocky outcrops with great views. We might have gone further, but with a prediction of rain and gathering clouds, we turned back. It didn’t seem as far going back, and it was all flat. This is a gorgeous trail with benches in scenic locations, kilometer markers and maps along the way.

We went back into Sooke to the grocery store, then Martha wanted to stop and get some beer at a liquor store. I couldn’t believe all the craft beers. How could you ever choose? It’s like buying wine now. She bought one big craft beer, Dark Lager by Tofino Brewing Company and a six pack of something else. The Dark Lager was excellent. We cooked a nice dinner of rainbow trout, rice, a nice Italian bread and leftover ratatouille.


  6 comments for “Bike The Galloping Goose Trail

  1. October 19, 2017 at 8:42 am

    Since you were at Galloping Goose Creek, when I saw the black snail, I thought it was a goose poop. Must learn to look closer at your pictures! When I got to the other snail and it looked the same only gold, I went back to the black one and yep, a snail it was.

    • October 20, 2017 at 12:01 pm

      Too funny Billy! It did look like that.

  2. Alice
    October 20, 2017 at 11:33 am

    Love that part of the world! Hope you see a sunset there sometime. Miss you, Alice

    • October 20, 2017 at 12:15 pm

      Hi Alice,
      Miss you too! We have seen a few nice sunsets. We have really enjoyed Vancouver Island and hate to leave, but we will cross into the US on Sunday. Depending on the weather, we would like to see Olympic National Park, then head south along the coast before trying to find a good place to cross the Rockies. Hugs, Greg

  3. Jane-Ashley Skinner
    October 21, 2017 at 7:45 am

    Peter spent a lot of time in Sooke harbor in his youth. HIs father was a big sailor.

    • October 21, 2017 at 10:14 am

      What a wonderful way to grow up…..if you like sailing. Does he still sail?

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