After a very hectic period of preparations I finally boarded the plane on April 18th. Totally stressed out and definitely not in a laid back travel mode. Kevin picked me up in the middle of the night at Vancouver international airport. Yesterday we did the bike's customs clearance and I finally got to ride my first stretch on Canadian tarmac. It was really awesome riding the bike into the Vancouver down town area over Granville bridge with the slopes of Grouse mountain as a dramatic backdrop. Today we took our bikes out for a test ride. We rode up to Squamish wanted to press on to Whistler but, although the sun was out, it good too cold. So we returned to Vancouver had a Vietnamese baguette for lunch and took some nice city shots from Stanley park.