Since the previous day had been so cold and wet we really had not had time to explore the Tofino/Ucluelet area of Vancouver Island. The forecast offered some faint hope so we decided to stay for one more night at the current campsite and do some more local sightseeing. This also means a few good Curbside Classic finds including a Subaru surf wagon. And rain. Lots of rain.
The map for today is not very dramatic. We did that distance there are back but by far the least riding with the exception of the ferry day.
We unfortunately we woke up to rain. Lots of rain. My buddy’s tent was flooding a bit from the water on the ground. I had put mine on a bit of slope so it was better off. Not a whole lot of photos since the rain was coming down. It was only about 7C (45F) which was a shock after the 32C+ (90F) of up north. As we figured out what to do the rain slowed so we decided to stay local for the day hoping for improved weather. Our campsite was on the marina which was nice (photo from the day before).
There was a hike near a lighthouse at the edge of town so we figured we would try that. Walking in the rain beats riding in the rain with non-functional rain gear. Here we finally had some amazing views of the ocean.
The lighthouse was built starting in 1915 and was finally automated in 1988. A keeper’s house remains but is no longer occupied. On the positive side the rain had now shifted to a slow drizzle. I had a couple temporary plastic poncho style rain coats that keep me dry (or at least no more wet).
A staple of BC roads, the Japanese market Mitsubishi van, was parked in the parking lot at the conclusion of the hike. This one is the Space Gear version.
The rain gained a bit of strength again. While riding back I tried my plastic temporary poncho both on top of and under my bike jacket. Neither was terribly effective.
Back in town we found a yuppie sort of bakery. The food was … edible. This Land Rover pickup was spotted from the window was the highlight of breakfast.
A left hand drive, second generation Toyota MR2 is a rarity in Canada due to their high relative cost when new. Most are right hand drive imports from Japan.
This Colorado plated GMC Rally Six van far from home. A very Canadian colored paint job though.
Next up was Tofino which is a popular tourist destination that I have heard many positive reviews of. It is only a 40 km or so ride away but I was incredibly cold by the time we got there. The winds from highway speeds, being soaking wet and barely above freezing temperatures are not conducive to comfort. An older Acura Vigor in nice condition plying the streets here.
I bet a real character lives here. I love the “Beware of Grandma” sign out front.
In Tofino vehicular traffic is allowed on the dock … so we did. A fellow tourist was stunned that I had driven my bike from Alberta. As usual he was stumped as to how old the bike was.
Plenty of art galleries to be found as we walked around town.
This Toyota Crown Majesta is an usual Japanese import. The fuzzy dice hanging on the rear view mirror is a nice touch.
A 1986 Subaru GL 4WD station wagon is an interesting take on a surfer’s wagon. The Peugeot wheels are the same bolt pattern but give a larger diameter than stock.
Tofino is known for its surfers but on this day only a few were out due to the cold weather. Plus it was raining … again.
A cell phone camera does not do justice to a beach but trust me it was both scenic and lovely.
Back at the campground for the night we had a feeble fire that night due to the general wetness of the wood. We had to place the wood around the fire bowl in an attempt to dry it out. Our boots were also placed by the fire with a similar hope. Tomorrow we would move on from this soggy place.
The full trip log: