Kindness of strangers

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Turns out biking across Canada is a lot of work.

At this point I’m in Osoyoos, and have averaged a little more than 100 km each day. The hills have been really tough. Like reeeally tough. For some of the bigger mountain passes it takes me at least an hour of climbing to get to the top, averaging about 9 km/hr. That’s like 2 kilometres faster than walking.

Luckily, I’ve met some really nice people so far on this trip who have made everything a little bit easier. The first one was a lady at a motel/campground I pulled up to on the first day. She really didn’t want me to have to sleep outside in the rain, so she gave me a motel room for the price of a campsite.

The next day, I met a man who was also cycling across the country and it was fun to talk about our routes and how everything was going so far.

Lastly, there’s David. I met David at the grocery store in Princeton and he asked me if I wanted to stay at his place for the night instead of going to a campground. I accepted, of course, and we piled all my gear and my bike into his car (which runs on vegetable oil) and drove up to his uncles ranch. Turns out he had a really cool solar-powered cabin, and it was nice to not have to cook on my camping stove.

Tomorrow I have to deal with “Anarchist Pass.” Thirteen kilometres of steep uphill. After that, it should be clear sailing to Nelson, where I plan to spend a day or two resting and regrouping, as well as hopefully posting another blog entry.

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