One bike, 900 miles, two legs.

We arranged to wake up and get started early today, in an effort to beat the expected heat of the day. Turns out this wasn’t too difficult as Merritt seems to have a 24/7 rock crushing business in town.

Anyway, we were up and out on the bikes by 6:45am in a brilliant, cool, blue-sky morning – a perfect 16 degrees and flat, easy riding most of the way to Kamloops. We wound our way around a series of big lakes, with some stunning views.


It was all pretty uneventful for about 50 miles, but then not far from the finish there was a tough climb marked on the map. They certainly weren’t kidding, and in the increasing heat it was a really hard grind. A well-placed speed limit sign provided a tiny bit of shade, but other than that it was blazing sun the entire way up.

Just as steep as it looks
Just as steep as it looks

My favourite road sign. It usually means the climb is pretty much over
My favourite road sign. It usually means the climb is pretty much over

Once I’d successfully winched my way to the top in the tiniest gear available, it was a long, long descent down into the city of Kamloops, where we’re staying at the university. Getting in at midday meant a spare afternoon to explore Kamloops, which didn’t take too long. Being a Sunday during a long weekend, most of the shops were shut and the parks were rammed with people. A good day, even if my sunscreen wasn’t quite up to the job of protecting my pasty white skin from the burning ball of fury in the sky. Tomorrow is the first rest day, and depending how much energy I have I’ll hopefully check out the Canada Day celebrations in town. If not, then lazing around and laundry is about as exciting as it’ll get!

The beach on the river flowing through town
The beach on the river flowing through town

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