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“Oyster harvesting, bus breakdowns, empty surf breaks, icy shred shoots and beach clean ups!”
March 3rd to March 13th
Words By Tamo Campos
The Northern BC Project is hitting full gear in the past few weeks. Our time in Quadra was gorgeous. We spent it skating at the local park while the bus was getting worked on. We harvested local oysters from right in front of the cabin. It was quite the feast and was followed by a breakfast of giant local free-range eggs! Our meals really had us thinking about how we live at a time where people go to the grocery store to buy food based on price and taste when knowing where and whom your food comes from is as important. Among other pledges our riders are partaking on this trip we decided to make a point to eat local wherever possible.
After cruising out of Quadra we went to Mount Cain. Guess we shouldn’t be spreading too much word about this spot. It’s a gem and make sure to tell anyone you know it doesn’t exist. It’s closed mid week, so we had the parking lot and the entire mountain to ourselves for three nights. Rode some epic shoots down West Bowl the first day but unfortunately the ice faces of a recent rain and freeze had us backing away half way up the Coffin Nail Shoot.
After Cain we made our way to the Northern Tip of Vancouver Island trying to catch the peak of a West swell hitting the beaches. Hiking in to raft cove is gorgeous, with a swampy trail surrounded in old growth. Hiking with wetsuit, surfboard and overnight camping gear is a struggle but well worth it. In three nights we hung out around fires, surfed and collected mussels.
On our way out from Raft Cove a line from Andy, Founder of The Urgent Sea and whom we met on Quadra Island, stuck in my head.
“If we can send Rovers to Mars, we sure as hell can clean up our F*@king Oceans”
Looking at this secluded beach miles from the nearest human settlement you could understand why he choose such fierce words. The impact our plastic wrappings and Styrofoam has had on the ocean can be found everywhere. It’s never on our minds when buying anything wrapped in plastic. Although you may get joy out of the item, the plastic will never decompose…ever. It’s a concept we’ve all been reminding each other of this trip. It’s pushed us to bringing reusable bags into grocery stores, using coffee mugs, water bottles and re-using bulk food bags. It’s hard at times to always remember to bring a re-usable coffee mug, grocery bags and glass Tupperware but at the end of the day; it’s going to be even harder to have to clean up the mess that plastics have left us with. In Raft Cove, we collected as much garbage as we could possibly carry off the beach and headed on the hour and a half hike out. We’re four guys going plastic free, and we hope that everyone can start doing the same. We really do feel things can change and the main reason is it feels good to be a part of leaving our planet cleaner than we left it. A quote from an Alert Bay elder rings in my head.
“Walk lightly on this earth, with every step we walk on our children’s lives”
Now being back in town it’s time to work on the damn ol’ breakdown Betsie school bus. In Port McNeil, the bad news stuck. A tow from Port McNeil to Port Hardy and an assessment had us learning that our tranny had decided to die. A $6000 dollar new transmission was not in our budget and we found ourselves asking around town for any advice. Unwilling to scrap our veggie bus which we have put so much time into, we settled for becoming mechanics. (Beyond Mechanics)
We spent four days camped out at a junkyard in Port Hardy that had the feel of an old scary movie setting. Unfortunately it turned out that the new transmission had an adapter that wouldn’t fit on the bus. So it looks like we’ll be hunting for another Diesel vehicle to convert to Veggie grease to keep the trip going…
In our next update we’ll be talking about heading over to Alert Bay, where Jasper and Tamo presented to an entire elementary school about following your passions while living a lifestyle that creates positive impacts on the environment and others. In addition we’ll let you know what happened with the bus.
Till next time,
The Beyond Boarding Crew
The Beyond Boarding team is in the middle of fundraising for the completion of the Northern BC Project -