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21 Rides of 21kms over 21 Days. In honour of Sammy's 21st birthday

Trina and I are taking on Challenge 21 to raise funds to support sick kids who are cared for by the Women's and Children's Hospital.

Over 21 days, we'll do 21 different rides, each of a minimum 21km in our home of British Columbia, Canada 

The WCH Foundation relies on the generous contributions from the community to brighten the lives of patients and their families and support brilliant care at the Women’s and Children’s Hospital.

Please DONATE NOW and support our challenge.

Thank you.

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My Updates

C4S - Ride #21 - Mt Seymour

Sunday 10th Oct
For our last ride in this year's Cycle for Sam, we decided to really leave it all out there.
#1 Ride for canine inclusivity
#1 Ride for super cute twins
#1 Ride for most languages spoken
#1 Ride for urban rainforest aestetic
#1 Ride for cold, heavy, incessant rain.

It was super awesome to be joined by our great friends Mila, Aiden, Celine, Jochem and Jasper for our final ride. It was bucketing down rain, so we really did need some North Shore locals to guide us up Mt Seymour. Luckily, they were on hand, met us in the parking lot and showed us the way through the forest, up the trail and out to the final chapter in this year's C4S.

What a wonderful event it has been. Thanks to everyone who donated, and helped C4S raise over $110,000 for pediatric palliative care. It's been an amazing way for us to see the lower mainland of BC, and Vancouver Island ... and we're full of all sorts of ideas for sillier things going forward!

C4S - Ride #20 - Poop Chute

Sunday 10th Oct
I totally dig on the Poop Chute ride, and was excited to share it with Trina. More accurately known as the Iona Spit Trail, the Poop Chute rockets Vancouver's effluent 4km out into the pristine Georgia Strait. It's also a lovely gravel out & back ride on a stormy Saturday morning.

Starting from the outlet mall at MacArthur Glenn, we dodged the weekend bargain hunters, ducked into the woods and along my 'secret trail' to McDonald Beach Park before heading back on the main Iona Rd and out to the spit.

Two bald eagles (sorry America), a coast guard hovercraft and a few delivery trucks later, we made it both ways and were bundling up and heading off to our afternoon adventure!  

C4S - Ride #19 - (not) Coquitlam

Saturday 9th Oct
According to our mate David, Port Coquitlam and Coquitlam are very different places and should never be considered in the breath. Possibly a little like Port Adelaide and Adelaide, but on a more localized scale.

well, that didn't stop us bundling down the highway on a sunny Friday afternoon with our friends Donna, Pia and David, and making the most of the crazy network of gravel topped dykes that line the Pitt River.

With Golden Ears mountain to our north, and the Fraser River delta to our south, we had a lovely ride and were delighted to finish #19 with a beer (maybe two ...), nachos, cauliflower wings and a veggie burger at the Gillnetter Pub.

C4S - Ride #16 - Radar Hill

Tuesday 5th Oct
Aftre our Tofino Toodle (Ride #15) in the morning, we took of south of town and along the Tofino MUP towards Radar Hill. It's a really pleasant ride on the dedicated path, although it does parallel the highway for most of the way.

We did take a few minutes to get off the trail and check out the sights of Chesterman Beach and Cox Bay, before arriving at Radar Hill. 1.85km at 8%, with one short +20% section, definitely meets the criteria of a 'punchy climb'. Up to the top, spin around quickly and then back to Ocean Village for a beer and cheesiepoofs recovery meal by the fire (with sunset of course!) 

C4S - Ride #17 - Long Beach & Grice Bay

Tuesday 5th Oct
"Hmm - let's see where this road goes" is not always a phrase Trina likes to hear from me. I'm not known as an especially well planned, thoughtful of collaborative explorer. I'm usually pretty keen to check something out and then work out of trouble ... rather than stay out of trouble in the first place.

Sometimes, however, our little unplanned detours pay off, and today the 4km road down to Grice Bay was an incredible highlight. After checking out the real, genuine, hardcore surf at Long Beach, we took a right turn and eventually came across an incredible bay in the imposing Clayoquot Sound. Grice Bay ... nothing but a car park, a boat launch and a mindblowing view,   

C4S - Ride #18 - ʔapsčiik t̓ašii

Tuesday 5th Oct
Tofino is a magical place. It's quite indescribable the feeling you get here. Relaxing, peaceful, centering and challenging all at the same time.

In consultation with the  Tla-o-qui-aht and Ucluelet First Nations, the Parks Board of Canada is building an incredible trail through the rainforest, called ʔapsčiik t̓ašii. The trail connects the towns of Tofino and Ucleulet (~50km  apart) through the Pacific Rim National Park.

The trail formally opens in Spring, 2022 ... but there are sections open now and we were mesmerized by the sections we did around Long Beach, Radar Hill, Coombes Beach and Wickininish Beach. Its an amazing way to discover an extraordinary part of the world ... and by bike is the perfect mode of transport!
 

C4S - Ride #15 - Tofino Toodle

Monday 4th Oct
When in Tofino, stay at Ocean Vilage. Built in 1974, it's become our place of choice ... the beehives above the beach, listening to the rain fall and the waves crash. It's about as close to pure, sheer, relaxation as you can get.

Heading out from OV, its a quick 5km into town along the M.U.P ... Tofino's aptly named Multi-Use Path. Today was a cold, crisp and gorgeous morning with the sun peeking out between the trees and providing the odd sensation of random dappled warmth.

We took our time, investigated the town and the then mozied on back again to OV. Ahhhhhh.   

C4S - Ride #14 -Qualicum

Monday 4th Oct
well, sometimes it works out and sometimes, it kinda doesn't. Our very pleasant ride along the water turned into a fairly perilous (although scenic) ride along the West Island Highway.

Starting in Qualicum Bay, we rode through Bowser and into Long Bay; stopped for a couple of quick snaps at the Marine Research Station and then headed back down the highway. My new Garmin Varia radar definitely paid for itself on the one lane highway!

Next stop, Tofino!

C4S - Ride #13 - Cowichan Valley

Saturday 2nd Oct
The Cowichan Valley has given the world an amazing gift. Trina Leigh Prior. her hometown of Duncan is the jewell of the valley, sitting neatly at the (approximate) mid-point between Victoria and Nanaimo.

The valley is also home to an incredible trail network that allows you to ride almost 150km on reclaimed rail grade. Through old and new growth forest, alongside tranquil rainforest streams and within sight of towering mountains. It's pretty cool.

We even figured out (admittedly, we are not that smart) that the trail runs about 50M away from Trina's mum's place. "Hi Sharon ... suprprise!" 

C4S - Ride #12 - Coombs

Saturday 2nd Oct
Coombs is famous. Not Paris famous, or even Gumeracha famous. But famous in its own way. Home of the Coombs Emporium, Goats on the Roof grocery and The Dutch Store, it lies on Highway 4A, just outside Parksville on the way to Port Alberni and the wild west coast.

We took the Parksville - Coombs Trail. It's a seven km gravel trail that is reclaimed from the access road of the old E&N railway line. Not especially picturesque, but with a charm and personality of its own. 

C4S - Ride #11 - Nanoose Bay

Saturday 2nd Oct
Well, we've made it to Vancouver Island. For the first time in our lives, we made it to the Horseshoe Bay ferry with plenty of time to spare. After a smooth crossing, we scuppered up the coast to the idyllic hamlet of Rathtrevor Beach, settled into our accommodations and headed out for our ride.

The Island is special. Great, hilly, chilly and natural. Every 2nd car has a bike rack and most people drive fairly sensibly on the narrow windy roads. We'd never been to the peninsula that juts out into Georgia Strait, but it didn't disappoint. A serene ride on a crisp Friday arvo, followed by cheesey pasta and a big beer, Tres bonzer.

C4S - Ride #10 - Kits & Jericho (with Johnny Pops)

Saturday 2nd Oct
Vancouver sits on the south side of the Burrard Inlet, a deep fjord that separates the lower mainland region from the Coast mountains. You can ride the entire way from the Olympic Village, out past Kitsilano, Jericho Beach, Spanish Banks and ultimately Wreck Beach (nude up) on a mixture of mixed use path, gravel trails and dedicated bikeways.

Our old friend, and C4S two-time alum, Johnny Pops joined us for the ride tonight. He's made a point of not cutting his hair through the pandemic and cuts a fine swath as a 2019 era, shorter and distinctly more English version of Daniel Oss. It was a gorgeous evening, and the beautiful scenery coupled with fine the company to make for a wonderful ride!  

C4S - Ride #9 - Green Lake

Saturday 2nd Oct
As great American actor Andie MacDowell once famously said "there comes a point when you just can't get any wetter'.
Well, that was our day. The weather network forecast 10cm of rain and I reckon we got 12. Holy mackerel it bucketed down. I guess that's life in a rainforest.
You can't quite see it in the photo, but Green Lake is a gorgeous lake just a the north end of the Valley Trail in Whistler. You should come see it some time!  

C4S - Ride #8 - Pembie Meadows

Monday 27th Sep
The unseasonably lovely weather of last week gave way to seasonably horrific weather today (and for the next 10 days or so). Late September in BC is the the time for rain, but we wouldn't let 80mm of liquid sunshine dampen our spirits!

We headed to the village of Pemberton, and the gorgeous Meadows Rd that winds its way along the Lillooet River, shadowed by Mt Currie (2,591M) and astride fields of berries, potatoes, hops, cranberries and pumpkins! At the end of the ride is Beer Farmers ... a great spot for a brew (they have three types of hazy IPAs for good ness sake!)   https://www.strava.com/activities/6025428328

C4S - Ride #7 - Three Lake Loop

Sunday 26th Sep
Whistler is world famous for it's skiing ... but, oh my goodness, it's a wonderful spot in the warmer months as well. Trina and I spend a lot of time exploring the myriad of trails around town .. but you can't really go past the Valley Trail, which connects the south and north ends of town ... for a super fun and gorgeous ride. 

Today, we did our three lake loop ... starting in Function Junction (the south end of town) and taking in Alpha, Nita and Alta lakes. We are divided on which one is our favourite ... they are each so unique and special! (I am a fan of Nita ... a great spot for a winter dip)

C4S - Ride #6 - Callaghan with a Twist!

Sunday 26th Sep
The 13km climb from the Sea to Sky Highway up to the Whistler Olympic Park (home of the nordic events in 2010) is a classic. Three 10% ramps, a road that winds up through the forest, with stunning views of Brandywine and Powder Mountains and the twin 'Gin' and 'Tonic' peaks along the way ... it's simply gorgeous. While we took the paved road up, we descended down on the dirt Callaghan Forest Service Road ... really hoping we weren't surprised by a bear, cougar or deer along the way. Not bad for a lunchtime ride on a Saturday!     

C4S - Ride #5 - Barnside Brewing

Saturday 25th Sep
The Rainy Left Coast is home to a slew of breweries. Bearded folk with tattoos and Phds seem to start a new one each week. For Ride #5, TP and I visited a brewery we'd never been to, in a suburb we'd never visited ... Barnside Brewing in Ladner. In addition to a lovely 21km ride amongst blueberry fields and pumpkin patches, and alongside the coastal wetland of Boundary Bay, 

We finished our ride at Barnside Brewery, with our friends (and C4S supporters) Christina and Paul Cafouros. I enjoyed a tasty honeycomb pale ale and TP savoured their Chestnut Brown. Delightful!

C4S - Ride #4 - Milltown

Friday 24th Sep
No one really knows about Milltown. It's tucked on an island in the Fraser River, across from the airport and beside an industrial estate. It's a little like the Vancouver equivalent of 3 Highview Crescent, Coollaroo. But like the mythical Kerrigan castle, Milltown is an oasis, a sanctuary, a place of great calm ... and a wonderful spot for a beer after a gorgeous evening ride.

Thanks to our great friends (and longtime C4S supporters) Pia Kar and David Nichols for joining us this evening. Beer, Bikes, Buddies ... perfection! https://strava.app.link/mjTmkdjVNjb 

C4S - Ride #3 - Last day of Summer

Wednesday 22nd Sep
One of our great pleasures is riding around our neighbourhood on sunny day, checking out what's going on and taking in the comings & goings of the surroundings. Today's ride was a usual loop we do in the summertime ... past some of our favourite cafes, grocercies, community libraries and the iconic Nat Bailey Stadium. It's all on a dedicated bike route where two wheels have absolute priority. Hipster heaven!   

C4S - Ride #2 - Pacific Spirit Park

Monday 20th Sep
Sometimes firm & fast, sometimes sloppy and slippery. This is the amazing trail network that is the Pacific Spirit Park on Vancouver's west side. An awesome way to smash out 21Ks on a Sunday arvo. You never quite know where you are ... but it's impossible to get lost ... https://strava.app.link/wcnYiCuVNjb

C4S - Ride #1 - Garry Point Park

Monday 20th Sep
Our first ride in Challenge 21 was a gem of a route, popular in the Vancouver gravel scene. A mix of gravel trail, with a touch of single track for fun. Garry Point Park in Steveston, past the Olympic Oval and out to the UBC Boat Shed. A great way to start C4S Challenge 21!  https://strava.app.link/kBCE3vAVNjb

Thanks to everyone who donated overnight! Woohoo! we're on our way!.  

21 rides, 21 kms, 21 days

Sunday 19th Sep

Bright and early tomorrow morning, or at least by the crack of 10am, we will be taking to the streets (and gravel) of Vancouver, Whistler, Fraser Valley and Vancouver Island. 

While it's warming up into spring back in Adelaide, temperatures are plummeting and the rain is falling here in Vancouver as we get ready for the start of the Fall ... and 21 rides of 21kms over 21 days from Sept 19th until Oct 9th.

Riding in the cold & wet is lonely work, so we've enlisted the help of friends to suggest a route, cheer us along on Strava, keep us company on a ride, and (of course) donate to Challenge 21. 

We are also offering an incentives to all our chocolate eating, beer guzzling, koala hugging friends here in the Great White North. Donations over $25 put you in the running for an Aussie Prize Pack full of our favourite goodies!

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You really deserve much more than this just for the beautiful photos, let alone the great riding. Love to you both!

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Way to go!

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Cecilia Tupper

Inspiring as usual!!! Such a lovely way to honour your nephew and support a better future.

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Amazing…..again! Enjoy :)

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All the best on the fundraising and the ride.

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I’m donating twice because I hit the wrong button the first time!

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Tim Tams and Coopers ... nice! A great cause. CB

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This is great you guys! Here's to sunny days ahead.

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I want to tag along on a few rides

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Tanja Epners

I've known you a long time Pete, and how you honour your nephew is one of the best things about you.

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Love that photo! You two make a great team. Thanks for supporting an awesome cause year after year :)

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I wish you great rides and nice weather for the next 21 days!

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Go you people!

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