We were up and at'em insanely early in Powell River to catch the early morning ferry that separates the North Sunshine Coast with the South Sunshine Coast. This would provide us with a nice rest in the scenic town of Gibsons, before the chaos of riding through Vancouver the next day.
It may have been a short distance to Gibsons according to a good old paper map, but we were in the coastal mountains, so it most assuredly was not flat! I did not mind the ascents on this stretch of highway, since I was driving a support vehicle! Ironically enough, the challenge of climbing the Rocky Mountains by bicycle was quite possibly the main reason I rode the BC stretch of the Bible Society's coast to coast Centennial tour in 2006.
The start of Day 6 of the 2015 Canadian Bible Society's Vancouver Island & Sunshine Coast Bike4Bibles fundraising tour. I had the privilege to be the ride's photographer...
These photographs were taken not far out of Powell River, just before the riders entered a stretch of relentless climbs and plunging hair-raising descents. I thought that the little bit of ocean in the background would create a unique backdrop, but it appears that I did not have the settings properly adjusted on my camera. Still, there are some interesting photographs among this bunch.
This seemed like a pretty good place to hang out and wait for the cyclists to show up! We encountered a number of independent bicyclists during this morning and we were more than happy to provide water and food for them, but more importantly, encouraging smiles and a little friendly conversation as well. The Sunshine Coast between Powell River and Gibsons seems to be a popular route among cyclists, and I can't blame them: challenging climbs, thrilling descents, fabulous scenery, pretty towns, and delicious baked goodies!