Thursday morning didn’t go quite as planned. 10 AM coffee came too late and we literally missed Sandon.
We were packed by shortly after 9, and I was curious to see “where the road went”. Well the abandoned “town” of Cody is just up the way, along with the remenants of an ore processing plant. And above that was this cool track up the “hill”.
This was a pretty short day, we were slow getting out of Rossland. Mike had directed us to to the Railway trail along Lower Arrow Lake as having multiple tunnels and trestles, but we joined onto it too close to Castlegar to see most of it. But what we did see was in good shape (smooth unlike the “whoops’d out” KVR).
The planned route for this day went out the window as soon as I remembered I wanted to do some health checks on the bike. As happened last year (with a different wheel), one of my front wheel bearings was shot.
Sunday got off to a reasonably slow start. The rest of the crew was heading back to Victoria, which would be a reasonably short day. Despite that, I think they left before James and I did… likely related to my doing more “bush maintenance”. As I recall, it was hot (and I was still grumpy) when we had returned the evening before, and the river (and cider) had been calling more loudly than the little voice telling me I needed to pull the (spare) front tube out of the rear tire and put in the new one James had gotten me.
The 2020 big trip. 10 days and 9 nights in a tent (plus the overnight bus trip back). Eventful. Clipped a car, lost a “gopro”, replaced a wheel bearing, front pads, and both tires. Bike needs some work (3rd gear sounds bad and starting trouble is worse).
The 2020 big trip. 10 days and 9 nights in a tent (plus the overnight bus trip back). Eventful. Clipped a car, lost a “gopro”, and the “bush mechanic” replaced a wheel bearing, front pads, and both tires. Great event.
This was supposed to be a loop up towards Coronation Mountain and perhaps Brenton and HollyOak lake. Unfortunately we got blocked by a gate. Alternates were a bit of a toss-up, but we didn’t have time for a long day, so a big loop that didn’t take us too far “in” seemed in order. I got to see Chris’ new connection from Stoltz, although it is south of that sketchy Fair Service connector (I thought it was north, and would cut out that crossing).