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    In Banff, AB Dwagenheim's Avatar
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    9.10.02 Leaving Sointula, a night near Woss

    I woke up to what I thought was heavy rain but when I unzipped my tent, I realized it was the trees raining on me. It was blue skies above and I fixed up some oatmeal with bananas for a tasty breakfast. I rode back to town enjoying the view of low tide and wisps of fog dancing on the shore side. I saw the ferry leaving port as I approached the center of town. The next one is at 1:15pm so I have some time to kill. I went to Living Oceans Society to talk to them about the organization. I spoke with Bruce, an ex-fisherman who told me their mission, to create zones of restricted fishing access off the coast of B.C. to help stabilize the fisheries, and to prevent offshore oil and mineral exploration. We chatted for a while and then he gave me their internet address to get more info or keep in touch. I went to the info center and there was a cool woman I talked to named Dorthea. She was about to move her small cabin across the island to a remote area on the water. I used the internet for a bit, found out that one Servas host gave me the thumbs down on a visit because I didnít have my letter of introduction. This seems a bit ironic to me, but oh well. I had a slice of pizza and a cinnamon bun at the bakery before taking the ferry over on a beautiful day. I heard there was a bike shop in Port McNeil so I stopped by to try to figure out my chain ring problem. I almost spent $25 bucks on a new one when the guy told me I had the ring backwards, which I already suspected but had been too lazy to flip. I decided to hold off on the purchase and I flipped the ring and took the bike for a test ride. No problems. Sweet! I thanked the mechanic and said goodbye as I happily pedaled a steep uphill in low gear out of town. The road quickly lost its shoulder and I experienced some rolling ups and downs, though most were nice and gradual. I could see there was active logging going on all around from the clear-cut areas. I spotted a big black bear off on a logging road on an afternoon stroll near the turnoff to Zeballos. It was a nice smooth day in good weather. I stopped at Woss, a logging community between Port McNeil and Campbell River. I started cooking a pasta dinner on a park bench outside a small grocery/gas station. A guy came to talk with me the whole time I was there. He was nice and talked to me about working in the logging industry for about 30 years. I filled up my water after dinner and had a short conversation with a young Korean girl who just moved in with her parents and was just picking up English. I pedaled on a short distance and found a place to pitch my tent. I took out a joint and fogged out my nylon dome and did some writing before lying down to enjoy the clear cool night. (47 miles)

    Peace

    Dave

    Pic: Amazing view of the beach at low tide, a few steps from my tent site
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    In Banff, AB Dwagenheim's Avatar
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    Pic: Sointula near the ferry terminal
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