One bike, 900 miles, two legs.

If you thought an easy day would follow yesterday’s torture, think again… Up early this morning, and with our campsite smelling of bacon and eggs it was a little easier to get up and ready than usual. Bacon and egg sandwich with a cup of tea – the breakfast of champions.

The start of the day was a little cloudy, but I knew better than that – weather forecast called for some brutal temperatures, which certainly was the case later on. Some relatively easy miles started the day, heading down to Spences Bridge, where I stuffed my face with a bit of cheesecake. By the time I’d finished the sun was out to play, and didn’t stop playing the whole day.

The view from Spences Bridge
The view from Spences Bridge

From that point on, we knew there were no other towns or services until we were nearly at Merritt, so it was a good choice to fuel up when we did. A series of gruelling, climbs in the 38 degree heat steadily sapped the energy from my legs and seeing the truck at the side of the road some way towards our final destination was a very welcome sight.

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thankyouthankyouthankyou

I thought that by now I’d broke the back of the day’s ride, but the last 10-15 miles were a headwind-filled painful nightmare. I eventually stumbled into camp at the same time as the truck, did a loop of the camp by accident and then got the tent setup.

Our camp in Merritt. A dodgy place by all accounts
Our camp in Merritt. A dodgy place by all accounts

It’ll be good to get to sleep tonight, though I don’t think I’ll need much encouragement. One more riding day then we have a rest day in Kamloops – on Canada Day, too! I think I need the rest…

2 COMMENTS
Guy Lacey
June 30, 2013
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38 degrees? Jeez.

ben
July 1, 2013
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I think that might be an overestimate – my Garmin is lying to me. Everyone else says it was just touching 30. Even so, it’s hot enough for me!

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