Driving out of Sooke was an awesome experience because we were going through the coastal rainforest that is part of the Juan De Fuca (JDF) Trail and JDF Provincial Park. Giant Hemlock, Douglas Fir and Red Cedar fill the land from Sooke north to Port Renfrew and further, and make Ontario's trees seem small by comparison.
Fog, drizzle, rugged terrain, and slippery roads all added to the challenge for our intrepid cyclists, while also providing challenging conditions for the group photographer-me!
When the last riders came by I scrambled back down to the road. As I was doing this, my wallet, which contained some cash, fell out, but thankfully I noticed almost immediately, and retrieved it, money and all.
Soon we came into Port Renfrew, which is the finish of the Juan De Fuca hiking trail and the start of the famous West Coast Trail. A quick break, and we continued on into the interior, over the mountains, which included a vicious 3 km long switchback ascent. By the time we reached our lunch break, it felt like another day and another world: the sun was now out in full strength, and the coastal rainforest was miles behind us (and to the cyclists it undoubtedly felt like miles below them!).