Today was by far the most anticipated and exciting day of the trip. We were lucky enough to have our Aunty Sand and Uncle John(both children of BAHA’s) pick us up at the airport the night before. As per usual, our lack of planning left us with all of our bikes boxed up and barely fitting into the two vehicles we came in. Luckily, we all squished in and had sushi to top it all off waiting for us at the house.
The morning was absolute mayhem, we got dropped off at the ferry around 5:55 AM to catch the 6:30 ferry. However, what we didn’t plan was carrying all of our boxed bikes and bags from the tollbooth all the way to the ferry ramp. Losing stuff along the way we all had boxes and about two bikes each to carry over 400 meters away. If it wasn’t for our Aunty Sand and Uncle Mike we would have missed that ferry!
After arriving in Nanaimo, we had the pleasure of biking up to 106.9 THE WOLF radio station to chat with our good friend Graeme Tait. An absolute beauty he had us chatting for about 15 minutes. Graeme, thanks a ton for everything you did for us and making us sound somewhat smart.
To be honest, when us boys thought of asking people to join us on our journey back to Comox we thought maybe 3 or 4 would join. When we arrived at Dover Bay we were absolutely humbled by the support we had. Over 20 friends and family came to ride the 105 km journey back to Comox. It was unbelievable to see everyone come out and a total relief that we finally had someone else to talk with while riding. Friends came from Victoria, Comox , Nanaimo and even the Philippines to ride with us. The day went without a hitch as we cruised along the eastern coast of Vancouver Island. Stopping throughout for snacks and chatting with high dignitaries such as Mayor Paul Ives and Town Council member Patti Fletcher(also owner of Simon Cycle’s). It was even neat to have many of our friends join us from our first checkpoint. I had buddies who drove from Victoria to ride up as well as my good pals Cam and Jared who came from Comox (never thought they would have been able to bike that far).
Eventually when we strolled up to Royston our support was unbelievable. Seeing the mob of friends/family waiting for us was way too cool. My jaw dropped immediately after I rolled up. Our massive biker gang was full of some amazing friends and family. One big shout out is too our Uncle John(Baha’s youngest Son) and his amazing family who came all the way from the Philippines to join us. John, Ava, Kaya, Josh and Nash basically made a last minute vacation out to B.C. with hopes of also making our final leg. You guys are the best!!!!!!!
Riding into Comox was one of the best feelings of my life. Surrounded by many people I grew up with and many friends and family made it even better. To share something so special with everyone made it even better. As we strolled down into the Comox Marina I was blown away with the amount of people. For a guy who rarely shows emotion and who hasn’t ever cried in my life ( I hope you don’t ask any girl who has dumped me to see if that’s true) I had tears in my eyes.
To everyone who came out and supported us on our final leg our family and us brothers were humbled and just astonished by how much you did. It highlights the fact of why I brag to everyone about the kind of community and high regard I hold the Comox Valley in. Our tight knit community comes to the help of their friends and their lowest and highest points. Us boys could not stop talking about how shocked we were. We love all of you guys and are just so elated still from your support.