Vancouver 🇨🇦

2nd to 6th May

After a 10 hour flight we arrived in Vancouver Airport & collected our boxed up bikes. Hattie’s bike had been taken apart & boxed piece by piece meticulously, whilst Rio’s had the cardboard thrown over & hugged by duct tape to keep it safe – as can be seen in the picture below.


Thus we had the task to reconstruct Hattie’s bike in the Arrival Terminal at the airport, after never having put a bike together before. Thankfully her dad had provided step-by-step instructions to help – including a lovely reminder to “make sure the bike saddle is facing forward”.


3 hours, 2 decked out bikes & a large Tim Horton’s coffee later we were finally ready to leave the airport!

Our first destination was a couchsurfer’s house off Kingsway, just out of the city centre. We had the directions & maps on our phone so set off for out first ride of the trip! We soon realised that what looks close on a map in Canada is still pretty far – especially when factoring in extra time to stop for photos of the pretty city, getting lost & a long steep cycle up Inverness Street.

Thankfully at around 18:30 we arrived at the house & had enough time to sleepily say hello to everyone then head to bed!

Over the next couple of days we explored Vancouver city; strolling around Gastown, Stanley Park, English Bay, Granville Market & Yaletown. We were super excited about everything, especially how many cyclists we saw around, aided by the bike friendly lanes.

Next step is Vancouver Island to work on a farm there.

Hattie & Rio 

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Vancouver 🇨🇦

<24 hours to go

Our adventure begins tomorrow! I’ve been back in England for less than a week & Hattie just finished her job on Wednesday so this trip is feeling a bit surreal. However, tomorrow we’re flying from London to Vancouver and will spend our first few days in Canada couch surfing and exploring the city. In preparation for leaving, I created a kit list in the hopes that I won’t forget anything too important! The list is as follows: Bike:

  • Bike – I’ve taken the bike IMG_7966pedals off and turned the handlebar sideways to prepare it for travelling & will wrap it in a snug layer of cardboard and duct tape at the airport tomorrow morning
  • Helmet
  • Bike lock
  • Bike gloves
  • 2x Back Panniers
  • 2 man Tent
  • 1 Sleeping bag
  • 1 Inflatable pillow
  • 1 Sleeping matt
  • Dry bags

Useful Kits:

  • Repair kit –
    • including pump, multi-tool, puncture patches, super glue, tyre levers & spare tyres
  •  Cooking kit
    • Small camping stove
    • Compact cooking pan + plate
    • Cutlery, penknife + cups
  • Hygiene & first aid kit
    • Toothbrush + toothpaste
    • Shampoo, conditioner + eco-friendly soap
    • Sun cream
    • Plasters, vitamin C, lemsip, panadol & ibuprofen
    • Microfibre towel

Electronics:

  • Torch
  • iPhone
  • GoPro (Hero 4 Silver + a spare battery)
  • Kindle paperwhite
  • Bike computer
  • Solar panel charger (Levin Sol-Wing 13W) – I did a test run of this and it charged my iphone 30% in 30minutes of sunshine so I’m hoping it continues to charge this well
  • UK-US adaptor
  • Waterproof bag for kindle + iphone

Clothes:

  • 4 shirtsIMG_7953
  • 2 Jumpers
  • Padded bike shorts
  • 2 Tracksuit bottoms
  • Long sleeve top
  • Black jeans
  • Dress
  • Underwear & socks
  • Swimsuit
  • Rain jacket
  • Luminous jacket
  • Sunglasses
  • Scarf
  • Trainers
  • Flip flops

ruta london vancouverMiscellaneous:

  • Pack of playing cards
  • Notebook & pens
  • Passport
  • Money
  • Small backpack

Rio

<24 hours to go