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Old 12-17-2010, 11:53 PM   #1
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Hmmm, don't think I've posted up a day trip before. Thought about it lots of times, but today I finally got off my arse (literally, as in I got off the bike to take some pics during a ride!), so here we go....

When I woke up this morning it was a beautiful day.


It had been a few days since I rode and I had no plans for the day so I thought I'd go exploring. But where to go? There are some logging roads out near Port Renfrew that I want to explore, but I was out that way a couple of weeks ago and besides, we've had a fair amount of rain since then.

I know! I recently went to test drive a car in the Cowichan Valley. It's beautiful out that way and I don't know it that well, so that's where I decided to go.

What to wear? Well, it wasn't going to rain but the internet said the temp was 0c. Oh. I stood on my deck and it seemed a fair bit warmer than that, so I threw on a fleece and my electric vest just in case - don't have to plug it in if I don't need it - and off I went.

Up over the Malahat - traffic was light for once - and I was intending to turn off the highway north of Duncan. By the time I got to Mill Bay, though, I was fairly well chilled and decided that a change of pace would be good so I turned off there.



I didn't know there was a reserve here. It's right by the Mill Bay ferry, which goes to Brentwood Bay out on the peninsula.





It's nice and peaceful here


and I rode alongside the ocean for a little way before coming into Mill Bay itself.



Once in Mill Bay I had no choice but to rejoin the highway for a few kilometres, but I soon found a road I didn't know to turn off onto
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Old 12-18-2010, 08:57 AM   #2
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Great pics thanks for bringing back memories. Raised in Victoria and Brentwood Bay...20 years now in SoCal. Crossed on that ferry many times! Is there still a Pub right there at the ferry dock? Cheers!
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Old 12-18-2010, 10:47 AM   #3
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Old 12-18-2010, 11:07 AM   #4
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Great pics thanks for bringing back memories. Raised in Victoria and Brentwood Bay...20 years now in SoCal. Crossed on that ferry many times! Is there still a Pub right there at the ferry dock? Cheers!
Hey - yep, sure is still the pub on the corner there, but I have to admit I've never been to it. Shameful, I know! Cheers!

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Sheesh, keep yer hair on will ya? You're such a fork!! (I still get a chuckle out of that on an almost daily basis). Ok, I'll go and get some more pics lined up. Just opened a smugmug account last night - I like it. I like it a lot.
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Old 12-18-2010, 11:20 AM   #5
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I turned off the highway again here because as it turns out that temp I saw online turned out to be pretty accurate and it was a wee bit chilly. There was still frost on the road and on the ground in the shade, so the slower speeds were welcomed.

A friend of mine just bought a tractor from this place for the marina he runs. It's a Kioti, 22hp diesel with 4wd, pto, 3 point linkage, hydrostatic tranny and roll cage. Brand spanking new for $14,000. And they threw in a loader, bucket and forks for free. Suh-weet!

I came across this place and thought it had potential to be quite cool.



I was just about to consider whether or not to go in, when I saw the sign next to this one.



Alright then, poo poo to you too! Bike wins every time!



Some pretty scenery around here. Lots of farms, and lots of wineries.





This a vineyard here


Same place - I'm really not sure what the significance of the inukshuk is this far south, but still.



Then I saw this sign and decided to turn onto Telegraph Road. I thought it was a cool name and will write to Mark Knopfler, suggesting that he writes a 15 minute opus with the same title



Ooh, another vineyard


Ooh, another bike/sign shot
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Old 12-19-2010, 10:44 AM   #6
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I was just exploring now. Didn't have a map, but I knew that I was basically running parrallel to the highway, heading north. I didn't knw when I'd next some across the highway again so it was fun just to scoot along, enjoy the sights and take some pics.





You can see the fresh snow on the hills in the background a little more clearly here.



Hmmm, had no idea I was this close to Ontario!



All of a sudden I found myself in the village of Cowichan Bay. I love this place, think it is so pretty...despite being very touristy. I took lots of photos here.





I've always been fascinated by large commercial vessels like this one. I'll have to see how close to it I can get....









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Old 12-19-2010, 10:47 AM   #7
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The Udder Guy's ice cream is delicious. Made using local organic ingredients, they have some cool flavours, too. The coconut one is most peoples' favourite.









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Old 12-19-2010, 11:29 AM   #8
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Man, good to see you're out riding. Exploring close to home is good, look around see what's been nearby all this time. When it's all scoped out, head this way! Now I'm thinking of local RR's too.
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Old 12-20-2010, 09:21 AM   #12
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Bloody hell, sorry about that! If this next installment doesn't help, I suggest you call 911!

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And onwards...
There are all sorts of fancy-pants bakeries and delis in Cowichan Bay.




And this was parked outside one of them




I was hoping to spend a few minutes here looking for some decent photo opportunities, but I think that this was a tourist attraction and I'd come around the side rather than through the main entrance, so I hadn't paid and beat a hasty retreat.








DUCK!!


I made a friend...










...But how did they get the coins under the ice, Dad??!!






'Cos we've all wondered what the Gulf Islands look like...
from space!





By this time I was getting cold just walking around and I'd seen most of what there was to see, so I grabbed a hot chocolate to warm myself up before heading back to the the bike.








Thought about sending you a postcard, but this is as close as I got.


Now, off to get a better look at this sucker before heading home....
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Old 12-20-2010, 09:29 AM   #13
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You were in our back yard(almost).Next time e-mail us and we'll show you some sweet gravel roads.
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Old 12-20-2010, 11:01 AM   #14
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Nice shots there Squonker! I haven't been over that way since '06, these pictures are certainly making it somewhere I need to return to!
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Old 12-20-2010, 04:56 PM   #15
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You were in our back yard(almost).Next time e-mail us and we'll show you some sweet gravel roads.
Hey thanks! Appreciate that offer and I'll definitely get in touch first next time. Maybe early in the New Year? Cheers!


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Nice shots there Squonker! I haven't been over that way since '06, these pictures are certainly making it somewhere I need to return to!
Thanks! Yeah, you should head over again - it sure is purdy . Let me know first, if you like. I'll show you what atk_nut shows me!!!
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