Sharon and I rode down to the Gorge with a couple stand up paddle boards. This was her first SUP session in Victoria and her first ever bike powered SUP session…=-)
We cruised east towards the inner harbour…the opposite direction to my solo SUP paddle a couple of weeks ago. This meant we headed into a moderate headwind which made for harder paddling, but an easy return trip. Surprisingly the waterfront between the paddle club where we launched and the inner harbour was very very industrial.
We paddled past a cement factory, a car wrecker, a couple of ship building yards and some construction sites. It wasn’t too hard to make it to the dock below the Ocean River Kayak shop…which is also a handy place to access MEC and other downtown stores. I’m hoping they’ll let me lock up my SUP on their dock so I can do some SUP powered errands instead of biking every time.
We turned back before getting to the inner harbour since this was Sharon’s first SUP paddle in months we didn’t want to overdo it. On a good day I should be able to paddle the whole Gorge.
Sharon had a great time, but we had a flat tire problem on my Surly Big Dummy when we rode home…=-( *sigh* It added a long hot delay into our return voyage. I’ll be making sure I’m fully stocked for tools, pump and supplies in the future.