After five weeks away from Duluth, and a beautiful but strenuous bike tour through the coastal mountains of British Columbia, I am home! Last night I slept in my own bed (heavenly), but had the unique experience to waking up in the middle of the night and NOT knowing where I was. When one sleeps in a new location for a month straight, the brain gets confused.
This morning I was up before dawn, and enjoyed some local birding. The ball fields at the end of Park Point were drenched from the recent rains. I thought I would find more shorebirds working their way south, but the numbers were low. A quick trip over to the Roy Johnson wetlands in NW Wisconsin was equally unimpressive in terms of grassland birds found. Oh well, it’s nice to be home and birding on my home turf.
A Lesser Yellowlegs and Friend Photographed this Morning.
We have finished the Yellowhead Tour. After 626 miles of cycling through British Columbia’s coastal mountain range, including a trip out to the Haida Gwaii archipelago, my weary muscles may now rest! Although rivers often cut through the mountains, significant climbing is required, but the scenery makes all the effort worthwhile. You may find my full trip diary on the Crazy Guy on a Bike Portal. However, here is one photo I took of Molly descending to the Skeena River which sets the stage.
Haida Gwaii was a cyclist dream of pretty roads, low traffic and smooth pavement. The native culture is evident, and wildlife abounds. We were the rare American visitor, but not the Canadians. They are well aware of this island treasure. Molly and I have now traded two wheels for four, our Subaru, and are slowly working our way home … after all there is more of the world to explore … perhaps with shorter cycling jaunts?!
Here are a few photos from Haida Gwaii … some eagles in a feeding frenzy when a fisherman left fish remains on a beach … reaching mile #0 of the Yellowhead Highway, and our final map. I heartily recommend one see North America at 11 mph by bike tour. You won’t regret the effort.
You may wish to read Molly’s posts about our tour. She writes for several regional magazines, and has a good way with words.
Feeding Frenzy and Bringing Home the Bacon
Totem Pole … Haida Gwaii
Final Cycling Map
As of an hour ago, Molly and I have biked about 575 miles on this trip. We only have one day of serious cycling left, tomorrow. Here is our trip diary.
In the meantime Haida Gwaii has yielded up a new lifer, Black Turnstones. In addition I got some better images of Steller’s Jays.
Oh wow, and I repeat … oh wow! We were in cycling heaven for bike touring today (55 mile ride). We had all of the below items occur:
1. Perfect smooth pavement
2. Wide shoulders
3. Light traffic
4. Flat as a pancake for 31 miles
5. Nice tailwind
6. Bight, blue skies without a single cloud
7. Mountains on either side of the Skeena River
8. A lifer bird for me (Steller’s Jay)
Here are just a few images, including my Steller’s Jay. After 471 miles of riding, we have reached Prince Rupert and the Pacific Ocean. Tomorrow we take the ferry out to the island chain of Haida Gwaii.
My Steller’s Jay
A Random Waterfall During our Ride
Molly at the First Hill
The Pacific Ocean!