In the Beginning....
If you were asked to write down 10 things that make you "come alive" what would you write? Try it!
After reading Career Renegade by Jonathan Fields, we did! We wrote our thoughts on tiny pieces of scrap paper......biking, hiking, meaningful sustainable travel, great food, delicious wine, unique experiences, new and old friendships, taking the time to appreciate the small stuff, exploring new places, paying it forward ....
As we read our lists to each other we had to laugh at the similarities. It was as if an active travel company jumped off the page. We could combine the whole list and share our enthusiasm and love of Vancouver Island with others at the same time. There is nothing like this available in our area....this would be unique! Maybe one day we could offer travel experiences elsewhere in the world! When we talked to Chris and John about our new idea, they were equally as excited and willing to join our team. Our journey was about to begin.
And it continues...we can't wait to see what the future brings!
Laurel and Kim: Owners
Island Joy Rides Team
Kim Barry: Partner/Co-Owner
Kim BarryKim has a degree in Kinesiology and has a background as a fitness leader, marketing manager and events organizer. She’s an organizational genius and has a gift for taking care of details!
Laurel Cronk: Partner/Co-Owner
Laurel CronkLaurel is a teacher, fitness instructor and a coach with the Rapids triathlon club. She has boundless energy and limitless ideas and her passion for cycling has been the motivation for Island Joy Rides.
John Elson: Guide
John ElsonJohn’s outdoor passions include hiking, cross country skiing, running – and, of course, cycling! As for his indoor interests, check out johnelson.ca.
Chris Round: Guide
Chris RoundChris is devoted to joyful bicycle exploration – and much else in the outdoors! She has had extensive bicycle touring experience around the globe and knows how much our Island has to offer.
Sonja Schum: Guide
Sonya SchumSonja is a teacher, mom, wife and athlete. She loves anything outdoors. Sonja's smile is contagious and her positive attitude is a joy to be around.
Richard Cronk: Guide/Support
Richard CronkRichard is a chiropractor and Laurel's hubby. He helps guide, loads bikes, maintains bikes and even makes treats for Island Joy Rides. Richard is an avid cycler and also one of our poster boys.