Bragg Creek

Now that the weather is a bit better, I can leave the city on my bike and enjoy a reduced likelihood of hypothermia. Yesterday, I did that for the first time.

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Day one of my trip, yesterday, brought me to the dumpy-but-sterile Howard Johnson’s in Jamaica, New York, chosen for the fact that it’s just a mile from Kennedy airport. Here’s the $125 view: Today, I cycled north through Queens toward the Bronx. On the way, the bumpy Queens streets (rural Saskatchewan backroads are smoother) broke…

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Tuxford to Regina. DAY: 89.04km. ODO: 2,459km. AVS: 17.6km/h. MXS: 38.0km/h. ATM: 5:03. I woke up at 5:00am, as all of those lovely birds that I am so fond of were all chattering up a storm. However, as I was awake, I did notice two White-tailed Deer standing twelve feet away from my tent. They…

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Tuxford (Sightseeing). DAY: 37.26km. ODO: 2,370km. AVS: 22.0km/h. MXS: 51.0km/h. ATM: 1:41. Since I’ve been here, I have seen: White Pelicans, Common Loon, Western Grebe, American Wigeon, Franklin’s Gull, Spruce Grouse, Grey Catbird, Rufous-sided Towhee (spotted western) and a Chipping Sparrow. As I am staying another night, I wanted a little more food. The small…

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Local sightseing. DAY: 60.55km. ODO: 600km. AVS: 22.2km/h. MXS: 52.0km/h. ATM: 2:43 After a fabulous Flags breakfast, I departed for a “short ride into town” for a little sightseeing. The Flags is on the fringes of Kelowna, in the Glenmore area. I rode into town, had a cup of tea, and then rode out along…

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Okanagan Provincial Park to Kelowna. DAY: 51.13km. ODO: 539. AVS: 18.0. MXS: 65.0. ATM: 2:50. It rained during the night, but stopped as soon as I got up, which made breaking camp easier, and I just packed up and left. I stopped at The Two Chefs restaurant for tea and breakfast. It seems that it…

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Sunshine Valley to Coral’s Cabins & Camping (27km E of Princeton). DAY: 147.61 km. ODO: 368km. AVS: 21.4km/h. MXS: 67.0km/h. ATM: 6:53. More sunburn! Depart 8:30. Arrive 6:30. Allison Pass wasn’t so bad, though it is allegedly a bit higher than Rogers Pass. The big hill before Princeton seemed a lot worse, but perhaps because…

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Ruskin to Sunshine Valley (past the Hope Slide). DAY: 121.36km. ODO: 220km. AVS: 21.2km/h. MXS: 75.5km/h. Here I am with my uncle, Phillip, just before embarking. His partner Elaine took the picture. Note the truckload of future firewood behind us that I avoided stacking by leaving on this trip: Stopped at Wenting’s again for my…

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Ruskin to Mission, return. DAY: 33km. ODO: 98 Spent the morning, or what was left of it after I finally woke up at 10:15 (I’m unemployed – I’ll sleep in if I want to) tinkering with my brakes and tightening up my racks. After lunch I rode to Mission to buy a handlebar bag, spare…

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Vancouver to Ruskin. DAY: 65km. ODO: 65km. Left Vancouver at 2:30. Arrived at 6pm at Thompson Creek Farm, home of my uncle Phillip and his partner Elaine. We roasted giant t-bone steaks on the fire outside. For once, I slept through the whole night without those @#$% roosters waking me up. I guess I was…

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