The Pacific Coast Bicycle Route – our Fourth Adventure

Our daughter gifted us with the book, “Cycling the Pacific Coast” and thus planted the seed for our next adventure.

Driving our RV across the US, we stopped in various states to cycle their trails as part of our training plan. Plus, it gave us a break in the middle of the day from the driving.

Cycling the Bosque Trail in Albuquerque
Cycling the Bosque Trail in Albuquerque

We arrived in Seattle and found an RV park in Everett where we could store the RV for the 2+ months that we think it will take us to cycle the Pacific Coast. Our Adventure Cycling Maps indicate that we should start the route in Vancouver, British Columbia.
We did a practice run from the RV park to the Everett train station to be sure we could make the trip in plenty of time to board the 8:30 AM train for Vancouver.
On April 19th, we rose at 5:30 eager to get started on this adventure. An hour later, the RV was stored, pannier bags secured on the bikes and we were ready to go. We traveled the 10 miles to the station in plenty of time to have a cup of coffee and breakfast sandwich while we waited. Once the bikes were loaded in the baggage car along with our panniers, packed in Ikea bags, we settled in for the three hour trip to Vancouver. The scenery was beautiful as we traveled along the various sounds and waterways.

Vancouver Central Train Station
Vancouver Central Train Station

Arriving in Vancouver, we deboarded, picked up the bikes, made our way through customs and exited the train station to look for the Seaside Bicycle Route. This route travels next to False Creek, emptying into English Bay. Along the route we passed through Vanier Park where we were to start the Adventure Cycling mapped route. We dipped our back wheels in the “Pacific” and headed south.

Trail Angels, John and Sheila, guided us to the beginning of the Adventure Cycling Route - Vanier Park
Trail Angels, John and Sheila, guided us to the beginning of the Adventure Cycling Route – Vanier Park
Official beginning of the Adventure Cycling Pacific CoastRoute, Totem Pole, Vanier Park
Official beginning of the Adventure Cycling Pacific CoastRoute, Totem Pole, Vanier Park

Next post – Days 1-3 – or cycling back to where we started!