Niko’s Kantina Ride: Day 0

All packed, I’m out of here! My flight from Vienna was less than 8 hours away.

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Just before I turn off my pc, I get a message from Dane, we were about to meet in Tofino for beers and fishing, but it turned out that he quit his job and wanted to join. You can’t turn down a request like this, so my solo ride from Vancouver to California was over  before it even started. Happy days!

After a long, sleepless flight to Comox I meet with Conrad, who was to give me a ride to Campbell river to pick up my bike. Met his brother Chris on the way and then we all went to Jims place, where my bike was all ready waiting for me.

And what a bike. I have to say I was a bit nervous, buying a bike across the ocean, never knew the guy before, telling me what to do and not… However, it happened after I placed a wanted add on Horizons Unlimited, so from previous experience I assumed it was a trusted person. Jim and Katherine, I can never thank you enough for your hospitality, help and friendship.

Jim went well out of his way and prepared the bike, which was top notch, a well seasoned Kawi KLR 650, that has rode more than I have seen of this world. He packed the bike with accessories and spares for any situation, from toilet paper to spare tires. All I needed was my personal gear. Kathy took great care that I was properly fed and happy all time.

Both were a well of knowledge about traveling down south, as they did it various times. Murphy, their dog was always there to brighten up the day, and kept an eye that I’ve packed everything.
After 2 nights at their place, it was really hard to leave. But the road was calling …

Cathedral grove.

Cathedral grove.

Took off at noon, direction south, to Victoria to visit Conrad and his wife Joanne. In between, I rode to Cathedral grove and some minor lakes to test my bike, at the time already named BC1. I took some logging roads on the way back to the main road to Nanaimo.

Victoria, beers, BBQ and catching up with Conrad. By 23h my brain quit and I was ready for bed.

 

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