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The perils of spandex

May 11, 2005

Kelowna to Sicamous. DAY: 126.35km. ODO: 726km. AVS: 22.4km/h. MXS: 55.0km/h. ATM: 5:37. I was up at the crack of dawn, for a soak in the hot tub and a dip in the pool before breakfast. However, I wasn’t on the bike and riding until the crack of noon, after all the eating, packing, and…

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The real rest

May 10, 2005

Local sightseeing. DAY: 0.0km. ODO: 600km. AVS: 0.0km/h. MXS: 0.0km/h. ATM: 0:00. Did nothing at all, except read, eat, and nap.

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Some rest day…

May 9, 2005

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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My first (and last!) flat

May 8, 2005

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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The Okanagan

May 7, 2005

Coral’s to Okanagan Lake Provincial Park (north of Summerland). DAY: 120.58km. ODO: 488km. AVS: 20.0km/h. MXS: 54.5km/h. ATM: 6:01. I had not intended to travel this far, but that’s how it goes. Headwind all the way from Coral’s didn’t make it any easier. On arrival in Penticton (where I was greeted by a giant billboard…

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The first real mountain

May 6, 2005

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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The real trip begins

May 5, 2005

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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My first rest day!

May 4, 2005

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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Day 1: On the road, finally

May 3, 2005

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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