Link to the brewery townsite brewery
Saturday, October 11, 2014
This ride turned into a long way to go for a couple of beers. My friend suggested we ride to Powell River to check out the craft brewery there. Sounded like a good idea. The weather was nice, the ride is a reasonable distance the only complications being catching ferries and getting back before it was dark. I left here early caught the 7:00 ferry and met my friend south of Campbell River. Had a leisurely ride down to the next ferry. A half hour wait for the ferry, one hour and half ferry ride and just a short ride to the brewery for beer and lunch. Arrived at the brewery, as cars were parked out we pulled around the side. It didn't look very open as we passed by. In fact it wasn't open but not all was lost. As soon as we pulled around the side we were invited to help pick hops off vines collected from the local area that were growing wild. No sooner had we started and we were offered free beer. A new enthusiastic employee was quite diligent at keeping my glass filled. After picking hops we were given a tour of the brewery. Ended up buying some beer and then off for lunch a short way away. Just barely made it to lunch and didn't need to order any more beer. After lunch not 100 meters from the pub I had a flat. Didn't stop soon enough and I ended with three punctures. After fixing these and using all my patches it was a bit of a rush to the local bike shop for another repair kit and then the ferry. Getting off the ferry was interesting as I had to rush to refill both front tires which now both had slow leaks. Rode about twenty minutes pulled over and refilled the tires. Did this once more and then decided to try for the ferry home as it was getting dark. The rest of the way was mostly downhill with two smallish uphills. I was suitably motivated at this point. Not only was I losing air but there was still an hour of riding to go. Probably was over 60 kph for about ten-fifteen kms and then over forty most of the rest of the way. Made it to the ferry with half an hour to spare. Added more air and made it home before 9 with a total distance of about 140 km.