This adventure is about two people, two bikes and a rough plan to across one big country. It has it’s genesis in another adventure we took with our children about ten years ago which included a bus trip from Kelowna, through the Rockies to Calgary. The majestic mountains captivated us, then a friend told us about the Kettle Valley Railroad, and before you knew it, we were hatching a plan!
Also, I’m incredibly grateful for the legacy of adventure passed on from my mum and dad who have been adventuring all their lives, and continue to still.
It was an easy flight to Vancouver and lovely views as we came in to land. Our bike boxes and other gear arrived also. This is a good start. We hauled the awkward load to a taxi and he managed to pile it all in albeit a little grumpily. The other option was that we’d set up at the airport and ride to our hotel but this turned out to be a very unappealing idea given the lack of sleep. As we left the airport, the heavens opened and the deluge continued most of the journey. The taxi driver warmed up and we especially enjoyed this ride considering the alternative.
We rode from Vancouver across Lionsgate bridge and up to the mighty Grouse Grind. The road out had a good long hill to get us warmed up for this steep little sucker which is up hill every step of the way. Just for the record, We managed it in 58.5 minutes, somewhat shy of the 25 minute record. And we were knackered.
July 1st = Canada Day and we were in for an unexpected treat – a day sailing on English Bay with kind and enthusiastic Kit. Kit was our contact at the ‘have everything’ camping store in Canada, MEC … thanks go out to Paul and Rhonda! We collected various delicious offerings from the excellent Granville Island markets and soon enough we’re out on the bay.