One bike, 900 miles, two legs.

To make up for the terrible night’s sleep I lost after day 8, last night I slept like a baby, and woke feeling almost completely back to normal. A special breakfast of pancakes in honour of our American friends on their special day got me off to a good start, and the 10 degree temperature made it even better. Just like riding at home!

I did not see any elk. Very disappointing.
I did not see any elk. Very disappointing.

The route took us up the North Thomson River until we made our way over a 900m pass and joined back up with the Fraser River. Winding our way through some stunning peaks, the pass revealed a large glacier, which I think is the source of the Thomson River, but I’m not sure about that…

One day these big globs of ice will be gone :(
One day these big globs of ice will be gone :(

After about 50 miles of no civilisation, we made it to Valemount, a quite nice little town with possibly the best Swiss bakery outside of Switzerland. Maybe even in Switzerland, too.

A little bit of Switzerland in BC
A little bit of Switzerland in BC

I stuffed myself silly on some soup and the nicest pastry I’ve ever eaten. It had so many poppy seeds in it I’ll be failing drug tests for a long time. With a full stomach, I headed back out to finish the last short section of the ride. As I was on my way back to the highway, I took the chance to video one of the immensely long freight trains going through the town, parping horn and all. Parp paaaaaaaarp.

Got into camp about a half hour before the heavens opened and the rain came down. It’s stopped now, but I don’t expect that’ll be the last rain we get today. Though I hope it doesn’t rain too much, as I’m sleeping pretty close to the already-high river.

Living on the edge. Literally.
Living on the edge. Literally.

A cracking day, despite the headwind, and it feels good to be back on the road. Tomorrow is our last day in BC, and from now on it gets tough as we climb up towards the Icefields Parkway that runs through the mountains. Uh oh!

GPS stats – 70 miles, 1986 ft ascent

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