We set off early from Pt Alberni in fog to meet Ian Alexander who would be waiting at Royal Roads to walk with us.
As we drove, the weather cleared and we entered the environs of Victoria in nice weather. We prayed it would hold while we walked.
After dispensing with our baggage at Bishop's house, we proceeded to the meeting place.
Here we said so long to our friend and driver, Jeff and set him free of duties to return to a normal life. Bishop expressed a huge debt of gratitude for Jeff's service while Jeff related his pleasure and what he had learned by travelling with Bishop on this historic undertaking.
And then we walked, buoyed by the weather and the company of Ian. We strolled most of the day, enjoying the beauty of the scenery along the Galloping Goose and the absence of traffic, a real delight after walking the roads of the north island.
We have developed a very comfortable mix of conversation and silent reflection, both evidence of the gifts of God. And so we talked and listened and reflected on the experience and its meaning. And then we talked some more.
20km and about 30,000 steps later, we reached Roche Cove where we will begin the last steps of phase 2 of the SJ, into Holy Trinity is Sooke.
While mention was made of phase 3 and an annual Lenten pilgrimage, all of that is for another day.
A glorious day, reminding us of God's grace. We ended the day full of gratitude that God has placed us in this place and given Bishop this mission.
May all be so blessed and so thankful.