green leaves, wahoooieee!
06.05.2008 - 06.05.2008
Woke up at 4 AM this morning to get ready for that "bad bird in the sky" as the West Jet people call them, and it's now 1:30 AM Nova Scotia time, so forgive the length of this post!
I didn't actually get much sleep - too excited and I had restless legs to boot. hehe. I tried sleeping on the plane but again I was way too hyped up and nervous about putting my bike back together (especially since Megan, who helped me pack it up, said that it was the hardest packing job she's ever done on a bike!!). I had good company on the planes (toronto, edmonton, then victoria) and lo and behold, my bike and bags actually made it to the airport.
They actually have a little shelter with a bike stand and air pump for putting bikes together at the Victoria airport! I took a picture of my bike just after I put my head set and seat on... looks pretty pathetic:
When all was said and done, it took me 2 and a half hours to get that puppy back into working shape (well, roughly working) but I relaxed and played music and was careful about it.
I met two french guys biking from here to Rimouski, Quebec this summer who lent me their pump - should have stayed longer to chat, but I was hungry and tired and anxious to be on my way!! Anna and I will take Alice (my bike) to her favourite bike shop in Victoria tomorrow just to give it a final checkover before I feel totally comfortable riding it.
I found my way to Anna's house by going along the lochside and galloping goose trails, beautiful trails for bikers, horseback riders, walkers, and runners. I cannot BELIEVE the number of people on bikes!!! They are everywhere! And they have nice GEAR! And nice bikes! One thing I found strange was that everyone had on jackets and tights - I was in shorts and a tank top. I stopped another biker to get some route advice and he asked me, "aren't you COLD??" I guess everyone here is used to it being a little warmer than Wolfville in the spring... hahaha!
So anyways, my bike looks fine, and I am tired but happy - I couldn't believe how gorgeous it was on the way here. One scary thing: it was clear enough all the way across the Rockies to see all the mountains... and they never ended... ever... they just kept going... and they were so snowy... ahhhh!!!
Need more clothes!!