Day 12 & 13: I have a cousin who was living on the island and a couple days ago they decided to move back to Vancouver. She is 6 months pregnant, has a 2 year old and a very active dog. Her husband was helping to unload the moving truck and happened to badly sprain his ankle while walking down the ramp. So her Mom calls me to ask if I could go over and help them finish the move in and unpack all their stuff. They live in North Vancouver and my sister lives in Richmond - if I wasn't riding my SV modified bike all around the city I would go crazy. The traffic can be pretty brutal especially if you have to use major bridges to connect from one area to another during rush hour times. Anyways, I spent the last two days helping them unpack and settle in. Had a nice family dinner there last night with my sis and her kids and good times all around. The bent right handlebar on my bike is started to grow on me. I can go from dork to stud in milliseconds now. The husband who sprained his ankle is very active and does a fair bit of mountain biking and hiking in the mountains. I ask him for some cool places to see and run or hike and he gives me a decent list of places to check out. One of them is right next to the Vancouver Airport and not too far from my sisters. It's called the Iona Jetty and it's essentially a gravel/concrete pier that sticks out 4.1km into the Strait of Georgia, towards Nanaimo. There is another jetty that is 3.2 km which I think is beach sand all the way out, so I hope to have time to check that one out. Before Covid, I was working out pretty much every day. In the 5 months since Covid, I've been now working long hours from home and have maybe worked out 5 times in total. Heading out to the Iona Jetty would be a nice easy flat run of anywhere up to 8km, which is perfect for my out of shape self. As someone who like native plants, it was a pretty nice area of many marsh and sandy beach type plants. Lot's of cool flowers and tons of birds and butterflies out and about. There's also some serious birder photographers who come out with their ginormous cameras: Not very many people at this time and it's pretty straight! Once I ran out to the end, I was greeted with this prize - I guess that's Nanaimo in the distance somewhere: I was able to run almost the whole 8km without gassing out too much. Really looking forward to going on a few more runs and maybe a hike or two. This picture is at the very end of the jetty, looking back at the mainland and airport. Directly under the rising sun is the airport: Because it's so close to the airport there are planes of all sorts flying over the jetty every few minutes. Despite this, it's actually very quiet out there: I totally lost track of time and was an hour late to the dealership to get my new bars put on. I pulled in and they took my bike right away and had it all buttoned up in 90 minutes. The mechanic also found some issues from work the previous owner had done and sorted them out, so now the bike rides like a champ. I forgot to ask him about my clutch, but it seems to be fine now. They even had one of the new Katana's there which gets me thinking about my next bike.... For the next week there's nothing planned. Maybe I'll have time to get out to the island, maybe I'll have time to go out on a day ride or two, or maybe I just stay in town and relax with family.