Golden to Revelstoke

I’m currently riding the Shelter Bay to Galena Bay Ferry on Arrow Lake. I made the 10 o’clock sailing which I was gunning for although I didn’t really push the pace this morning during the first 40 kms to do so, I’m still pretty tired from yesterday. My thighs are sore to the touch which is a good sign, it means yesterday was a success!

Photo from gallery: Edmonton to Penticton 2009

I rolled out of Golden to partly cloudy skies and calm winds and made my way north before starting the ascent to Rogers Pass. The climb comes in two parts, the first being up to Kinbasket Lake and then there’s a great downhill before entering Glacier National Park at which point the climbing really only gets going with about 12 kms to the summit and it is steep. The sun was out in full force by this point and I was sweating buckets. The arrival at the top is rather misleading from this side, the last tunnel end and there’s an entire mile of flat riding before the actual summit and visitor center. I met up with two students riding coast to coast and they’re into their last couple weeks, they’ve been at it since mid-May!

Photo from gallery: Edmonton to Penticton 2009
Photo from gallery: Edmonton to Penticton 2009
Photo from gallery: Edmonton to Penticton 2009

The descent starts out nice and steep and the pavement is good, I was really aching to have my TT bike here with the good wheels. With a couple similarly equipped guys, huge chainrings and lots of motivation I don’t think it would be completely unreasonable to imagine riding the whole 69 kilometers down to Revelstoke in only an hour. It took me almost two into the wind which was blowing up the valley, slightly disheartening, although I did clock a new top speed with the trailer of 69.4 kph.

Photo from gallery: Edmonton to Penticton 2009

Before rolling into the town of Revelstoke I decided I’d have a shot at riding up to the top of the mountain. The Meadows in the Sky Parkway runs 26 kilometers at I’d guess somewhere between 6-10% grade to the peak of Mt Revelstoke. I left the trailer at the warden’s gate and set off up the hill starting my climb with 6 hours and 153 km under my belt. There’s a bike race up this road in September with the record rumoured to be around an hour. I figured one and a half would be a pretty good goal but that eluded me on the day. It was a great climb with lots of switchbacks and the trees growing right up to the side of the road, keeping the breeze calm and giving a bit of shade. The last kilometer is not open to the public to drive and with good reason, it’s crazy steep and the switchbacks are so tight that if you wanted you could get your vehicle onto three wheels. Myself, I kept it on two and reached the summit to no shouts or cheers, just silence. I stumbled off the bike and sat myself down propped up against a retaining wall and just sat. I could feel my pulse basically everywhere in my whole body, arms, legs, feet, hands, head and chest; a marking of success?

The cruise down was downright bone chilling even with the temperature of probably 10-15 degrees. I had a touque and armwarmers and even stuffed the extra bits of stuff from my handlebar bag down the front of my shirt for insulation. Ride time down was only 36 minutes and I felt like I took it at a very cautious pace. After re-hooking the trailer, a grocery stop in Revelstoke, and some Greek food for dinner I set out to the south looking for a campsite. I did a rather large climb and then just as I was beginning the descent I decided it was probably getting too dark to ride with sunglasses which is a good indication that it’s probably too dark to be riding without my lights on, and plenty dark enough to call it a day. I pulled off at a rest area only 500m after I arrived at this decision and was luckily greeted with a sign that said the provincial rec area was open for use up to 14 consecutive nights as long as I didn’t build any permanent structures. Next bike trip to BC I will be leaving home with a list of all such designated areas, this one was great.

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