Saskatchewan River Crossing to Golden
I awoke to some really chilly temperatures so rolled over and stayed in my tent until 8am. I’m trading off both some pros and cons of the SeatoSea tour, I can sleep in as late as I’d like but I can’t escape camping next to train tracks. That’s what I’ll be dealing with tonight in the Golden municipal campground. I am not very pleased with the place at the moment, absolutely full of mosquitoes and a rather unpleasant lady running the show here. I’ll be off early tomorrow and spotted a bakery in town I’m going to try so don’t need to spend any more time next to the tracks than is necessary.
Today’s ride started out into a headwind for the first 10 kilometers that was surprisingly strong for 8:30 am. It came from the side as I made my way towards Bow Pass and even with my double chainring and all the weight of the trailer I had no trouble getting up the hill, the steep section actually seemed shorter than when I rode it back in July, Probably because that day it came after 180 kilometers of riding already in the bag. I rode up to the Peyto Lake lookout, which definitely has some steep sections, and the view was pretty darn good. It made me kinda sick to see some high rollers in their rental BMWs and Lexis (how in the world do you pluralize lexus?) driving up to the handicap parking lot to save 800 meters of walking in their golf sweaters and black leather shoes to the lookout while I chugged up with pedal power.
The cruise down from the summit towards Lake Louise was exhilarating although the wind was picking up and I didn’t make terribly good time. That would continue to be the story of the day on the roll down to field and onward to Golden. I hit a top speed of 40 kph on the kickingh Horse pass which runs 8% grade, the wind was amazingly strong. The guys going the other way up the hill probably couldn’t believe their luck, it would be one nasty hill otherwise. I got to ride through the construction zone between Field and Golden on the shoulder while alternating traffic was going the other way meaning that when I got to the other side I had three lanes all to myself. Unfortunately the big traffic backlog caught me just before i got to go cruising down the 10 mile hill over the HUGE new bridge. Oh well, it was fun while it lasted. The wind was less in the canyon and I think I set a new top speed with a trailer at about 57 kph. I’m using a 13 dollar speedometer on this bike which doesn’t record top speeds but that’s just fine for 13 bucks, so far I’m really happy with it, it doesn’t ever screw up which is more maddening than missing some bells and whistles.
Today’s ride was a bit over 170 by the time I was done, I elected to skip the detour up to Emerald lake like I mentioned because I didn’t want to get stuck behind the construction which was scheduled to close for an hour to do some blasting and if I made the detour it would be a real rush to make it or I’d have to wait. If I’m feeling good tomorrow I’ll detour up to Mt Revelstoke which’ll be a serious climb, if I have to do the headwind game for the fourth day in a row I’ll be happy to skip that as well.
On another note I counted clouds today and the grand total was one, it was a cloud of smoke from a prescribed burn. Totally blue skies! and I’m a bit red as a result even though I had the lotion on. I sunburnt my bottom lip which is unfortunate but I can probably deal with it, my mouth hangs open most of the day every day anyways.