A wonderful thing about my BionX bike is that it enables me to cycle to places I would never have dreamed of going on a regular bicycle. This is because my BionX bike has greatly increased my cycling range and carrying capacity. Recently I realized that now I can take vacations on my BionX bike which previously I would never have considered doing without a car!
We went on our first vacation with my BionX bike last fall. My wife Maggie and I decided to cycle the Lockside Trail (20 miles), and the Galloping Goose Trail (34 miles) – a total of 54 miles (one way!), on Vancouver Island. We would stay at a B&B near the end of the Goose. I would ride my BionX bike and carry all the heavy gear on it.
This was a trip we would not have dreamed of undertaking without a car in the past. Not even when we were in our twenties! Yet now, with both us well into middle age, we were hardly intimidated at all. We were confident my BionX bike would make it possible for us.
The vacation was such a great adventure! We took our bikes on the ferry to Swartz Bay, and were happy to find that the Lockside Trail leaves directly from the ferry. The first half mile is pretty steep, but it was no sweat on my BionX bike, even though I was heavily laden. In fact, half way up Maggie switched bikes with me – we realized that even heavily laden, it is easier to go uphill on my BionX PL350 bike than on a regular bike! For the rest of the trip, we traded bikes: whenever one of us got tired, we used the BionX bike for a while. It was still exercise, and still fun – but it was way easier to pedal the BionX, even heavily loaded.
We cycled the Lockside Trail on quiet roads overlooking the Strait of Juan de Fuca; then continued through lush farmland. After 20 miles the trail splits: you can either go straight on to the Galloping Goose Trail, or divert about three miles to Victoria. Because my BionX bike was making the trip so easy for both of us, we lunched in Victoria, then doubled back to the Galloping Goose Trail.
The Goose was definitely the highlight of our trip. It’s completely off road, with scenery ranging from farmland to spectacular sea views of the Sooke Basin. Sometimes we were cycling through cathedral-like canopies of trees, other times we were crossing awesome railway bridges. And the battery on my BionX bike lasted the whole way! We’re looking forward to many more fun vacations like this one: North America is full of world class cycling trails to explore with my BionX bike.
And the best part of all? Bragging to your friends that you cycled a hundred miles on your vacation!
By guest blogger Average Joe Cyclist