B4B 2015 – Vancouver Island Ride (Day Zero)

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Daniel Loucks loves the outdoors and often blogs about his adventures. He joined the Bike for Bibles (B4B) Centennial Ride in 2006 (which took cyclists from Vancouver, BC to St John’s, NL) but only went as far as Canmore, Alberta. In 2015, Daniel returned to B4B, this time as a roadie and photographer. In this blog series, Daniel gives us a glimpse of what transpires during a week-long ride, through the eyes of a roadie.  

In July 2006, just after my 30th birthday, I bicycled across British Columbia (BC) with the Canadian Bible Society’s (CBS) B4B program. It was an incredible week of fellowship, scenery created by the Master Artist, and testing the capabilities of my body and mind, capped with back-to-back 155-km rides over Kicking Horse Pass and Rogers Pass. I finished my ride out west in Canmore, Alberta. Ever since then, I had wanted to return to BC, and in 2015, I finally returned to this great province to serve as a photographer and roadie for the BC B4B tour.


Daniel Loucks with the Louie family.

I am very grateful and blessed to have a friend named Chris Kloetstra who was crazy enough to rap on my apartment window at two on an August Saturday morning — to get me to Pearson International Airport in Toronto for a 6:30 AM flight to Vancouver. Chris was the first person I talked to when I came to Country Hills Church nine years ago. Now Chris considers me to be a good-enough friend to do a three-hour round-trip in the middle of the night. Thanks Chris!

Eight smooth hours later, I was standing outside the Vancouver Airport waiting for a fellow – whom I had never met – to pick me up. Dave and Lily Louie are fabulous people! They live close to the airport. When we arrived at their house, there were platters of fruit and muffins and other wonderful foods set out for lunch. There was also a large filet of fresh Pacific salmon that was about to go into the oven. I thought I’d arrived in foodie heaven! I mean, I’d been off the plane for two hours and I was about to dig into a perfectly cooked salmon on the west coast, with fresh fruit and other goodies!

Jim and Ralph were there as well. They were two cyclists from Alberta who had been on the Rocky Mountain Triangle Ride the previous week along with Dave and Lily. They had all returned to Vancouver the previous night. It was a long trip made even longer by a serious crash up in the mountains. Jim and Ralph were taking a day to rest between the week-long rides among the Rockies and the Pacific Coast. I was told that a few other riders were doing the same thing: bicycling two week-long rides back-to-back.

BC Ferry   Vancouver Island scenery   Getting ready for the Vancouver Island Ride    IMG_6470    Assembly at St Andrews Anglican Church

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(Read Day 1: Out of Sidney)


About the Author:

Dan lives in Kitchener, ON. As a true outdoors enthusiast, Dan does not miss an opportunity to visit new places and see new things. He shares about his experiences on his blog site, The Lily Dipper.

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