Day 1: To the loops
To start the day we loaded up the van (aka Cathy) with all of our luggage. After a heroic rescue of Baman (David West) from his Elec 250 exam we headed off to the start line. On our way, we had to make some classic Victoria hipster stops. First, some growlers from Philips Brewery. Then of course waffles.
Once at the start line we gathered the requisite sea water in the trans canada cup. After about 10 seconds the handles broke and we lost all the water. Attempt number 2 sans handles worked well. Then some obligatory tourist pics in front of mile zero at beacon hill.
And then we were off, headed down the trans canada bound for the Atlantic. The waffles took a little longer than planned, so we were hauling ass down the highway trying to make the 3:10 ferry from Nanaimo to Horseshoe. (the swartz bay ferry is obviously faster, but against the rules, as it is not part of the trans caned highway) We made it to Nanaimo at 3:05 just in time to find out there is a two sailing wait for cars. cool. So we just had to wait in a line of cars for a couple hours. 32 degrees and no AC.
After a chill BC ferry ride we were back on highway 1 headed to Hope. Once beyond Hope, we hung a left onto the trans canada through the Fraser Canyon. (again, there is a shorter route, but we have to follow trans canada highway). Due to the late ferry, we arrived in Kamloops around 1:00 am. Thus our planned sleeping spot was gone.
A quick google showed a provincial park not far from the highway (~100 m). It turned out to be more of a gravel road than a park. But we found a small empty gravel clearing to camp. Did I mention it was 20 metres from the train tracks?
Ya. Trains are loud. and run all through the night.
PS. we found out at sunrise that the clearing was not empty. It bordered the river and some houses…