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post #1 of (permalink) Old 06-03-2017, 02:11 PM Thread Starter
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Default Bikepacking from Port Alberni to Swartz Bay

I biked two segments.
One was Tofino to Ucluelet with a detour on recreation road/spur and second was from Port Alberni to Victoria ferry.
It was hard to bike active logging roads, but overall was a great trip. I have some pictures here if you like to see biking stuff.

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Nice! How many days and km did you end up doing? Did you take a shuttle back from Tofino to Victoria? How are the trails? Doable with regular pannier/ touring setup you think?
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That looks like it was a great trip! Loved your photos. Thanks for sharing
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Thank you both for support.

Helen, you really need wider tires for unpaved roads between Port Alberni and Lake Cowitchan. I this trip tried to go off paved roads as much as possible. Cowitchan Valley Trail and Galopping Goose trail you can do nicely with panniers and touring setup.

Took Tofino bus, from Vancouver to Tofino and then biked from Tofino on back roads to camp. Next day biked to Ucluelet. Total distance was maximum 60km. From Ucluelet I took Tofino bus up to Port Alberni. From Port Alberni took me 3 days to Victoria Swartz Bay (average 100km per day).

When I saw Hgwy no 4 I knew I was not going to bike on such a narrow paved road without bike shoulder. I made mistake going to Tofino. I should get off in Port Alberni and start biking to China Creek campground. But it was good in general. Tofino and Ucluelet were spectacular but busy. Weather wasgreat.

I wan't to bike some remote places around and try to fly fish with my tenkara rod.
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Thanks for the intel. Would you happen to have the GPX track?

A few years ago, I did an one day ride from Hope to the Coq. Summit via Othello and the KVR. Some of the trail was really ripped up by ATVs. But still managed to do it with 700x32 tires... but with heavier load, definitely would need wider tires.

How wide are the Schwalbe you used? Did you like them?
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Thanks for the intel. Would you happen to have the GPX track?

A few years ago, I did an one day ride from Hope to the Coq. Summit via Othello and the KVR. Some of the trail was really ripped up by ATVs. But still managed to do it with 700x32 tires... but with heavier load, definitely would need wider tires.

How wide are the Schwalbe you used? Did you like them?
I biked that section few years ago. And from Midway to Penticton.

I have gpx track here, free to take:
https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21595653

Just click on export and download gpx track.

My tires are new Schwalbe G-One All-around gravel (27.5x2.8). I have Advocate Cycles Hayduke bike. http://advocatecycles.com/
Great tires for harsh roads. I like them a lot. I can't afford one more bike for commute so I bike to work with the same setup.

I also have Schwalbe Rocket Ron's for my MTB trips. https://www.schwalbetires.com/node/5149
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OMG! You use that as your commute too! That would be quite a workout everyday., with such wide tires. Good for you!
I'm too scary to have my more expensive bikes stolen so I just have an old beat up Nishiki mountain bike for that.
Thanks for your track!
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