Just before Christmas I got up to Merritt to see my father and stepmother, and took the camera along, naturally.
We took a walk along a section of the old Kettle Valley Railway right-of-way. I’d love to see this restored as a fully accessible multi-use trail and be able to do a multi-day bike camping trip along it. Maybe it’ll happen one day!
We also went walking one afternoon in the ranch area up in the hills, and got some awesome winter sunlight.
Closer to home, right at the end of January I got away overnight to Salt Spring Island to camp out at Ruckle Provincial Park. I went there in mid-October and decided to return again for another one-night escape.
Ruckle is about 45-50km total road distance from downtown Victoria, with a 30 minute ferry ride over to Salt Spring Island from Swartz Bay giving a bit of a break.
Just a note if you do go out to Ruckle in winter, though, there’s no drinking water in the park from November 1st to March 1st — they disconnect the drinking water taps. Bring an extra water bottle or two.
It’s been a while since my last Europe photo post! Here’s a few photos from the eastern part of France, midway through our May-July 2014 bike tour.
Over on Flickr, I’ve got the entire European Bike Trip 2014 album, and country-specific albums (same photos, just organized by single country) for Austria, Germany, Switzerland and now France. What I put up here on the blog is only ever a selection of photos, please do check the entire collection out over on Flickr!
More to come!
Been a little while since my last photo post here. I’m still steadily plowing through the seven weeks of photos I took (nearly 3000…) and have finally reached the end of the German leg and gotten into Switzerland!
The entire collection is over on Flickr, and I’ve also divided it up by country. So far there’s Austria, Germany and Switzerland albums up, with France obviously still to come.
Just a few highlights below!
Above, a two-photo stitched panorama of the main tower of Ulm Cathedral.
Obermarchtal Cloister, one of the Catholic hostels we stayed in. Parts of the main building date back to 800 AD…
On a bridge over the Danube.
Schloss Sigmaringen is what happens when you take the basic idea of “castle on a rock” and dial it up ALL the way. It’s awesome.
You can tell you’re in Switzerland when the incredibly expensive coffee comes with a tiny Toblerone bar instead of a biscuit.
Lots more to come, I’m up to June 19th and the trip went until July 20th!
Dillingen was our last stop in Bavaria; after that it was into Baden-Wurtemburg and, as the joke goes, out of Bavaria and into Germany.
The Jesuits and other Catholic orders have historically been a huge presence in Dillingen, so the main part of the old town is an impressive place with some spectacularly decorated churches.
As always, the entire European tour photo album is over here on Flickr. I’ve also started to set up individual country-specific albums – Austria and Germany so far, Switzerland and France will come in due time.
Blaubeuren is up in the hills above the Danube, and had a distinctly different architectural style to what we’d seen so far down in the river. Very “Brothers Grimm” fairytale German, lots of half-timbered buildings and exposed woodwork. The town is also tucked into a tight bowl with forested hills looming on all sides.
The Blautopf or “Blue Hole” on one edge of the village is the “bottomless” entrance to a series of flooded caves under the town and in the hills around town.
More soon, I’m nearly at the end of Germany and have just over a months worth of photos still to go through, process and post!