Coast to Coast 2007...our biggest late ever.
Sooooo...we registered for C2C in anticipation of a fun but shorter than usual romp on the island. I say shorter than usual as Coast was reduced from its usual 2-day format to an overnighter starting on May 12th for 2007. I hope this is not the start of a trend.
We were cutting it very close by planning on catching the 15:00 ferry from Horseshoe Bay to Nanaimo and then driving to Campbell River before tech closed at 19:00. Stephen had just bought some used gravel tires and rims and was getting them mounted on Saturday morning. He was doing some work on the car at his brother's place in Port Moody and the mounting was getting done at a local tire shop. The tire shop was running late so Stephen headed home to Kits without the tires. Shortly before I was going to head out to Stephen's, the tires were finished so I picked them up on my way out to Kits and we decided to mount them and make a dash for the ferry rather than sticking with the usual all-season tires.
The mounting went quickly and we were on our way but it was going to be a close. Unfortunately, we were not close enough and we missed the sailing to Nanaimo. Since we were almost at the ticket booth when the ferry was leaving the dock, we made a quick decision to try the Langdale ferry and then hope that we would be able to make the necessary connections up the Sunshine Coast and across to Comox. In very little time, we were aboard the Langdale ferry where we took it upon ourselves to verify our plan by checking an actual Power River ferry schedule. It didn't take long for us to realize our plan was as half-baked as it sounded. There was no way we were going to make it to Campbell River on time.
We arrived in Langdale, called the rally organizer and let him know the error of our ways and then enjoyed a nice dinner at Molly's Reach (think Beachcombers). Here is Langdale in all it's glory: