Revelstoke to Needles

Photo from gallery: Edmonton to Penticton 2009

Last time I left off I was aboard the 10am sailing of the Galena Bay Ferry, 40 kilometers into my day. I had hoped to take the day as a relatively easy one and had shopped accordingly, less than normal quantities of simple sugar, the night previous. I was quick to learn upon my disembarking from the ferry that ‘easy day’ can be the plan in your head but the terrain can dictate another story. An 800 meter climb at 10% grade left the ferry dock and similarly crazy rolling hills filled the duration of the next 50 kilometers ride into Nakusp, where I corrected my shopping error by buying a big bag of jelly beans, a coke and milkshake to charge up for the rest of the ride. I was in rough shape upon arrival but after chowing down and sitting under an acorn tree things came around and I felt ready to hop back aboard the bike.

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

Today was a tough one, and certainly not the break I was hoping for, but I did ride the sugar high south from Nakusp all the way to Fauquier with more determination than the previous 50 kms. Another ferry crossing and I was faced with another killer hill, this hill was anticipated and the worst heat of the afternoon was already fading and so I charged up it without much trouble. I’m camped tonight along the side of a Forestry Service Road about 12 miles up from the ferry. Tomorrow’s ride into Westbank will be longer than I had ‘designed’ that it had to be, mostly because the darkness cut yesterday short after the big climb up Mt. Revelstoke. I figured I’d be a ways further up toward Monashee Pass, the bonus of camping earlier is that at lower altitude it’ll probably be a bit warmer earlier in the morning and I can get going when I wake up instead of hanging out in the tent and waiting for the temperature to rise. It’s not really a big deal to be behind schedule, I’ve got lots of sugar in my supplies now so going a bit faster or with shorter breaks will be alright. I’ll most certainly be skipping the optional detour I had thought of, which was a bike ride up to the summit of Silver-Star ski resort near Vernon. I go to bed tonight with a 5 day mileage record (yesterday was also a 4 day record and the previous day a 3 day record) at 949 kilometers.

Photo from gallery: Edmonton to Penticton 2009

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