bikearky

a weblog of my veggie powered cycling adventures

Fraser Valley

Fraser Valley

Looking down the Fraser River, Hope BC
Day 2: Beyond Hope — and my first mountain pass

Yes, I know the title is a little cheezy/a double entendre. I was on my bike before 8 for my ride to Hope where I planned on having lunch and picking up some food for dinner/breakfast. My first mountain pass was to follow and I was unsure of how I would manage. It proved to be pretty tough, possibly the most challenging climb for me of the whole trip. One thing that this climb taught me, in conjunction with the many that followed, was that sports drinks make climbing much easier (i.e. they keep you hydrated far more than water alone).

my Cannonale F400 and BOB Ibex pre-departure
Day 1: Vancouver to Harrison Mills (Squawkum Park)

Given that I was up until close to 4am the night before, I had a bit of a late start today. I was off and on my bike around 10:30. I was unsure how far I would get, aiming for somewhere between Mission and Hope (interesting town names!).