Driving Port Townsend to Cortes

16th Jul 0630hrs: Start our drive journey half hour later than planned… yawn… we are trying to catch the 0815hrs MV Coho ferry and there might be a queue already. Last minute stops, get US$ at ATM and fill up with gas at Port Angeles, put us at the queue 0750hrs… will we make the cut? If not, next ferry is 1130hrs.

Fortunately we did and it was nice that we were the last 2nd car in, cos the ferry was 95% full and the cars in the back had more door opening space. Phew! Ferry tickets was $81 for car and 2 passengers…

0950hrs: Cleared customs at Victoria Harbor, drive towards Chinatown hoping for a nice dim sum brunch before the 3hrs drive up to Campbell River. 1030hrs, parked for C$3/hr on Fisgard street, just outside the Chinese restaurants. Damned… restaurants not opened till 1130hrs. Shopped at Asian store, good selection of goods and prices seem to be much better than in the US. Did a walk down a 5 foot alley that was surprisingly artsy and non Chinese. It used to be very Chinese but it changed, I wonder why and how non Chinese arts thrive in Chinatown?

1130hrs: Finally we are seated in the Dragon City restaurant, ordered dim sum…. It was expensive and very disappointing. sigh….

1200hrs: On our way, getting used to driving at a 120km/h … which is 75mph! Feels like we are going really fast. 1400hrs: Stopped at Nanaimo Man Lee Oriental store… just becos I knew that such stuff are very hard to get in Cortes that I should really stock up.

1600hrs: Finally got to Campbell River, and we have no map of this area, so we are really driving in the direction of the water when we passed Thrifty foods. Turned back and got meats for the week.

1700hrs: Got directions and found the ferry landing… and we were just in time for the 1725hrs ferry to Quadra. C$95.50 for the car and 2 of us, thru to Cortes and return. Got maps of Quadra and Cortes from the ferry terminal… That will really come in handy.

1745hrs: Only a 15mins crossing. Landed at Q cove in Quadra, made our way to Heriot Bay on the other side. Next ferry to Cortes was 1900hrs. We have 50mins to spare while the car is holding our place in queue. Since we are that early, we walk out to Heriot Bay marina to just check it out. Maybe we’ll come with Calliste… but hey we spot a boat just like Calliste that’s already in there.

We walked down the ramp and check the stern. Its Shaula! Dan and Alice are on board! How expected that we should be at the right place at the right time to catch up with our friends. The remaining minutes passed too quickly and we ran back to the car just as the ferry was tied up to the dock.

1945hrs: Landed on Cortes and sped away… I found that drivers here don’t heed the speed limit signs… I was already 20 over and they are still tailing me like I am some old lady… 2010hrs: Arrived at Don’s. Good thing its summer, we still have plenty of daylight to unload our goodies. 🙂


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