Challenging Time of Year

Destination: Up the Creek Backpackers, Roberts Creek

Mode of Transportation: Bicycle

Route Taken: Vancouver to Roberts Creek

It is a challenging time of year in Vancouver. The weather is such a major player in deciding what to do with time off and waning light makes self propelled travel a bit sketchy in the evenings. So, the decision was made to ride to Up the Creek Hostel in Roberts Creek on the Sunshine Coast. Rural enough to satisfy the need to get out of the city for a couple of days and still close enough for an after work bike ride.

It was a great evening for riding, warmish (for October) and dryish (only a light sprinkle of rain). We arrived at Horseshoe Bay two minutes after tickets stopped selling but thankfully the kind ticket lady sold us a couple anyway. Note to self: leave 5 min earlier next time. After the requisite stop in Gibsons to fill our panniers with wine we arrived at Up the Creek Hostel and were greeted by our host Martin and a cozy fire. A very welcoming site on a cold October night.

Up the Creek is a very bike friendly hostel and Martin is a well seasoned cyclist himself, with lots of stories to tell.

Next day was an exploratory mission of Roberts Creek also known as the Gumboot Capital of the World …… A short mission in this one stop sign town.  After our initial success in finding  amazing cinnamon buns at the Gumboot Café we wandered on down to the beach and happened upon the very colourful Roberts Creek Community Mandala.

The afternoon was spent trekking through the waterfall and fungi filled Cliff Gilker park.

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The ride home was a dream. Unseasonably warm and since the ride over was in the dark we took our time and really enjoyed the scenery.

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