Feature: The Escape–Day 13–Journey’s End


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Words by Seb Kemp
Photos by Union Production Co.

It’s over. Like, properly over. 
Finished. The End. Completed. Destination reached.

But perhaps it really isn’t. Rides like this change you, albeit subtly. Now we have closed the loop and the journey accomplished, we find ourselves reflecting on where we have been over the past 13 days, the people we met, the places we rode, and the sights that we saw.


It was an utterly stupid thing to try. Not stupid for it’s improbability or impossibility, just stupid for just how obvious it was that it was going to work once the chain of friendships and relationships kicked into gear. It might seem cliché to say this, but it really would not have been possible or, indeed, as enjoyable if it were not for all the the people who helped us along the way.

We may have been strangers to many of the people we met on our circuit of the Salish Sea but every one of them greeted us warmly and offered us assistance. I put this down to mountain bikes being a flag of peace and the mountain bike community being a village of kindred folks.


The Union crew would like to thank the following people in particular:
Mark and Leanne Knight
Martin Prestage – Up The Creek Hostel
Doug Detwiller – Sprockids
JF Petit – Spin Cycles
James and Marisa (warm car couple in Earls Cove)
Malcolm McLaws
, JP Brosseau and Kelly Belanger – Old Courthouse Inn, Powell River
Frank Chrinko – Suncoast Cycles, Powell River
Karen Skadsheim – Townsite Brewing
Paul Kamon – Discover Powell River [http://www.prpeak.com/]

Laura Walz – Powell River Peak
Alex Rawnsley and Jennifer Faerber – Sun FM
Russell Brewer, Wayne Brewer, Ron and Linda Diprose, Hugo Sloos, Lyle, Mike, Robert and Thomas of the Powell River Cycling Club
Jeremy Grasby – Riding Fool Hostel
Martin Ready – Island Mountain Guides
Don McLellan – Waverley Hotel
Greg MacDonald
Lara Greasley – Comox Valley Economic Development
Kate Rogers – Tartan Group

Hugh and Diana Fletcher – Fletcher’s Farm
Roy Kregosky, Paul Connor, Tam and Takoda Crawford

John Cope – Head Over Wheels, Qualicum Beach
Kebble Sheaff – Arrowsmith Bikes
May, Tara, and Kyle Geach, and Katie Konopczynski
Riley McIntosh and the Cowichan Trail Stewards
Will Arnold – Experience Cycling
Katrina Strand – Strand Training
Todd Hellinga
Tim Andrews (Thanks for the loan of your BOB trailer. I have the Scotch waiting for you)


This trip was also supported by the following people, all of who share our passion and vision:
Ian Ritz, Julian Hine, Sean Dinwoodie, Chromag Bikes, 
Zander Nosler and Zach Pina

SOG Knives
Stumptown Coffee
Chris King
Eric Kalnins – BC Ferries

Finally, I would like to personally thank the three incredible souls I had the fortune of sharing the last 13 days with:

Dan Barham

Andrew Rogers
Dave Roth

Previous Entries from our Journey
DAY 12 of the Escape
DAY 11 of the Escape
DAY 10 of the Escape
DAY 9 of the Escape
DAY 8 of the Escape
DAY 7 of the Escape
DAY 6 of the Escape
DAY 5 of the Escape
DAY 4 of the Escape
DAY 3 of the Escape
DAY 2 of the Escape
DAY 1 of the Escape
DAY 0 of the Escape


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