Step 10: Celebrate in Gibsons
You don't really want to rush back to the 'Big Smoke' now do you? You've paid that inflated ferry fare — so get the maximum value out of it! Relax in the unique atmosphere of the Sunshine Coast. It's party time! This is why you run half marathons, isn't it?
A great spot for post-race celebration is Persephone Brewing, a beer farm/craft brewery located near the top of the bypass on the way to the ferry from Upper Gibsons. Live music from 2-4pm, and the Farm to Feast food truck will be open. Look for your 10% off coupon in your race kit.
OR, head down to Gibsons Landing and celebrate with fellow runners or even total strangers at Gramma's Pub or Molly's Reach (of Beachcombers fame). Take in the panoramic harbour view. Have a beer. See the real Persephone on display across the road. Have another beer.
Catch a later ferry when you're ready to head back to the big city (if ever). Here's the bus schedule. (You're NOT driving after all that beer. Hmmm, maybe book another night at the Cedars Inn — it's only $49!)