Jul 062015
 
Day 2 - Coping with surprises Last Day With Dave Since Dave isn’t coming along on the trip I was glad to have some more time with him. It turned out to be a wonderful day. After another night of insomnia and waking up at 4, I packed up and left my wonderful hosts Jason and Graham who would really have deserved a nicer farewell on my side … Thanks, guys! I took the water taxi to North Vancouver and rode the few miles up to where Dave’s hosts, Sven and Dorothy lived – unfortunately I only had a vague idea where. After stopping at a viable candidate for their house I got into a nice conversation with a friendly guy. After we had established that he couldn’t help me with my endeavor and since I didn’t have a clue as to how to continue my search, I let myself be drawn into a discussion of the merits of different types of gearshifts, brakes, navigation systems ….. when suddenly a car honked and Dave, Sven and Dorothy stood in front of me. I hadn’t been far off! These wonderful people asked me to join them to take Dorothy to a 10 km race so I quickly put my bike into their storage room (filled with what felt like a whole bike shop!) and hopped into their car (sadly, they didn’t offer me a ride in their beautiful T2 Camper Van, cry cry) and off we went to an MEC-organized runners’ meeting. It turned out Dorothy did very well, although she hadn’t been training due to spending the month of May on a cycle touring trip in Northern Germany, where part of Sven’s family lives. A hike up a hill to get Dorothy a good leg stretch, and a sightseeing tour up Cypress mountain with a stunning view of Vancouver and, finally, a homemade feast of chicken wings with three delicious sauces plus a tasting of Sven’s excellent homebrewed beer (I didn’t know how creative you could get with beer) ended a day which once again reminded me of the perks of touring: you meet people and often connect in an unexpected way! Wow, what a nice day! Thanks Sven, thanks Dorothy! 20150704-DSCN0498
Views from the SeaTrain

Views from the SeaTrain

Dorothy running her 10k

Dorothy running her 10k

Sven and Dorothy - our wonderful warmshowers hosts

Sven and Dorothy - our wonderful warmshowers hosts

Ever seen so many cycles in one cellar?

Ever seen so many cycles in one cellar?

Sven shows us his hops - and shows expertise on how to brew beer!

Sven shows us his hops - and shows expertise on how to brew beer!

... and here he grows his hops.

... and here he grows his hops.

 suspension bridge

suspension bridge

From up on Cypress Mountain ...

From up on Cypress Mountain ...

The ongoing fires beyond the mountain range cause a lot of haze ...

The ongoing fires beyond the mountain range cause a lot of haze ...

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