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Day 7, May 14
Today started see-your-breath cool in Castlegar RV Park. We had already decided that we had had our fill of major climbs (5hrs straight from Hope; 3hrs from Osoyoos; 4.5hrs from Midway) so avoided Selmo-Creston and cycled via Nelson. This route is longer (169k vs. 125k) with rolling hills along beautiful Kootenay Lake, but NO mountains to climb. The breeze off the lake was fresh and cool so leggings were in order.
Several highlights include passing through beautiful Nelson (must come back) and a number of incredible waterfalls on the Kootenay River. We were blessed to be greeted at Nelson by Craig Korth (banjo player extraordinaire some will remember from Jerusalem Ridge and CKUA). He and his family now live in Nelson. Anyhow, Craig guided us through Nelson using a shortcut because we really wanted to make the 1:10 ferry. We did so but only by assuming team racing pace for at least 7k.
During the 35-min ferry, we scarfed some food and plugged away to complete 140kms over 9.5hrs. BTW, in the campgroud, we met folks whose tow vehicle broke down on Selmo-Creston (glad we went around!).
We were all bagged so went out to eat at Jimmy’s Pub & Grill (yes we like pub grub). Tragically we heard more stories of people suffering from depression. We are thinking of you. If you read this, please don’t be ashamed to seek help. Know that there are people who care, and can help you create a better life for yourself.
Best wishes to all who read these words
Day 8, May 15
Another long day (9-6) starting where we left off yesterday, 22km short of Creston. More rolling hills along Kootenay Lake (really nice road with little traffic. As we moved away from the lake we paralleled a gorgeous valley with grain crops and a tree nursery backed by stunning green mountains! Turning inland after Creston we experienced more gentle but longer ups under blazing sun. Afternoon brought fewer ups but a long run to Cranbrook and the great hospitality of Mount Baker RV Park. Tomorrow, Day 9, is our first “rest day” so we will be busy doing laundry, checking bikes and getting massages for weary muscles.
Thanks to the wonderful RV park operators who have supported Hillary’s Ride so far:
Alder grove: Eagle Wind RV Park: Marilyn (3 nights)
Hope: Hope Valley Campground: Kevin & Chloe
Princeton: Princeton Municipal RV Park: Jim
Oliver: Desert Gem RV Park: Andree
Midway: Midway Riverfront RV Park
Castlegar: Castlegar RV: Dale Monrad
Creston: Pair-a-dice RV: Muppie
Cranbrook: Mount Baker RV Park: Don&Maxine (2 nights)
Best regards for good mental health everyone from the Hillary’s Ride team. Terry Fannon
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