Did a little overnight trip to the Island just because I needed to get away for a day or two and with the nice weather how could I say no?
Leave Vancouver via south fraser perimeter road to the ferry.
Ride from Swarts bay to my Dad's place out past Sooke near French Beach.
Road in Langford had gravel and sand all over it for miles.
Eat steak and explain how to use smart tv to old folks.
Ride back into Sooke to get gas.
One corner caught me off guard a little on the way in just to remind me I am alive.
Fair bit of gravel on the corners mostly in the middle of the lanes.
Road from Sooke to Port Renfrew was pretty empty for the most part and when I ran into few cars near the end I stopped for a smoke.
There were quite a few unnerving unexpected bumps and dips in the road that were hard to see until you hit them.
The last 18 or so k's was nice new pavement and was the fastest smoothest part of the road.
Last time I was in Renfrew was just over 3 years ago and I remembered the only place to get gas was the hotel.
Apparently the guy who sells gas is also the cook and could not sell me gas until he finished cooking so rather than wait I decided to have breakfast.
They sell a very different breakfast sandwich with diced tomato's and cucumbers on it.
It was different but not in a bad way.
After talking to a couple of other sport bike riders who were also having breakfast but had come from the other direction I decided I didn't really need fuel after all (at least not 87 out of a storage tank) so off I went.
The road to Lake Cowichan has not changed much since I was on it three years ago and by not changed I mean it has not improved.
There are no road lines and it is a fairly rough grade of cement.
There are also some good sized deep pot holes at random points (some mid corner) that could really ruin your day.
Some gravel but in predictable places.
Other than that traffic was light only about 6 logging trucks and no real cars to speak of.
Lake Cowichan struck me as a dump with one shitty gas station ,old pumps that spill,overpriced fuel and muddy water with no towels, oh and don't go near the washrooms.
I was wanting to explore the road to a town called Youbou and was curious about a road that goes from there to Naniamo called Naniamo river road but was not sure if it is paved so opted for the fast route home.
What seemed odd to me was the speed limit from Lake Cowichan to Duncan on a 2 lane undivided road was posted at 100kph.
I found that to be pretty fast limit when our 4-6 lane divided highways are 80.
Even the parts of the #1 going through towns heading to Naniamo were 90k going through town.
I did about 110-120 most of the way to the ferry except in the city of Naniamo where I was doing the limit or less and the one place I ran into some radar.
This trip could easily be done in one day but I am not one to turn down a steak and a bed.
Also at $45 each way for a bike and rider you may as well take your time and feel like you got away for a bit.
Hope this was helpful to someone.