Monday, 14 November 2011

On what comes next

A colleague asked me today "What adventure will you go off on next?"

My answer was that "I don't know." Luckily I don't have to know for at least five months. Even then, when I will be asked to choose vacation times, I will have fudge room. A wrinkle in my selection process is that the trip to Oz has given me enough Aeroplan miles to go anywhere in Canada.

I began by wondering if I should use them to fly to out for Margo's John's wedding in Victoria, bringing Leonardo along so I could go biking in Washington State as well. I quickly nixed that idea as a waste as the nature Aeroplan miles is such that it is better to use them to go to out of the way places rather than between two well-connected cities. I may well still do that trip, just not will Aeroplan miles. The rough idea would be to take the ferry from Victoria to Port Angeles and go down the coast to Portland, Oregon. From there, I would go back up to Seattle via Mount St-Helens. From Seattle, I would take the train back to Vancouver.

Another possible ride would be to do the Calgary to Winnipeg section of AMUAM JuNITO. Yet another idea would be to go back to the Highlands of Scotland. I would also like to go back to Newfoundland and take three weeks to do Deer Lake to St-John's again, but by slightly different routes which isn't quite as crazy as it sounds. I would also take the time to visit Anse-Aux-Meadows by bus or car.

Still another idea came back to me while reading the BBC news website this evening. It featured a travel article about the Okanagan wine region. I had the thought that I could use my Aeroplan points to fly into Kelowna, and do a loop that would include the short bit I didn't bike on account of my chain breaking. I could also get in some wine tasting. I would design this tour to be more relaxed. Possibly by hauling a relative along to slow me down! ;-)

All possibilities, none of them definite.


Philip said...

How about in the Yukon or somewhere insanely far north? Or does your requirement of a nightly hotel precluded such under populated areas?

Bikemoose said...

Hmm, I hadn't thought of the North. I would have to figure out if I could figure out a loop I could do. I don't necessarily require a hotel. However, food is more problematic as traveling alone and for relatively short periods makes a portable stove and cooking gear a bit of a pain. Lots of bulk for one person.

Margo and Chris said...

How about riding to Tuktoyaktuk in the wintertime? You could start from Vancouver in mid November like Brek at Cap's Bicycle Shop:

Bikemoose said...

Well, to use an Australian expression, I think Brek has got a kangaroo loose in his top paddock. ;-) Too cold for me!