bikearky

a weblog of my veggie powered cycling adventures

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Christina Lake sunrise
Day 6: Texas Creek Provincial Park to Crawford Bay (Kootenay

I was up early, hoping to make Paulson Summit before the heat set in. My plans were to head for Nelson, somewhere I had always wanted to visit, if I could make it that far and take my first rest day. It turned into a very long day!

Johenstone Creek Provincial Park—the day's start
Day 5: Johnstone Creek Provincial Park to Christina Lake

If yesterday was a tough day, today was not the most enjoyable. The distance ridden was not large, and the climb quite gentle, but it was very hot, with the heat hitting as I closed in on Grand Forks. Today surpassed the heat of the previous day.

an early view of the mountains to come
Day 4: Stemwinder to Johnstone Creek Provincial Parks

Lots of photo’s today. It was a tough day, with a long climb some describe as the most challenging of the ride Vancouver to Banff: Anarchist Pass. I started the day after a good rest, enjoying the stay at Stemwinder—though with a flat (the previous day’s tube repair did not hold). I also started to wear board (surf) shorts over my bike pants to protect my legs from exposure—which helped a lot!