Day 5: Vernon

Today’s plan was to get to Sicamous. The plan fell off the rails when I slept in, then arrived late for my breakfast plans, then lingered over great conversation with family members who I rarely see. So, I set off for final supplies before hitting the trail, finally rolling out…

Day 4: Exploring Kelowna

After three days of hard biking, it was time for a rest. Kelowna is the perfect spot to stop. While you may know it as Canada’s top retirement community, Kelowna is also a bustling hub of young people who are attracted to its great weather and robust economy. I happen…

Day 3 and 4: Where is Kelowna?

Today was brutal. There’s no other way to put it. The plan was a relatively easy, 120km shot down a mostly flat rail path. At the end would be friends and patio beer on a hot, sunny Okanagan day. A few blog posts confirmed that there were tough sections, but…

Day 2: Crossing the Cascades

The climb began as soon as I left Hope. For 60km I ground out five slow hours of hills. There were points where I thought I was going slightly downhill but the bike wouldn’t roll. I stopped to ensure my tires were fully inflated. I stopped to eat. I stopped…

Day 1: Search for Hope

Months of planning finally turned in to reality this morning. After first joking about crossing the country by bike this summer, I pondered the idea more and more. With some encouragement from a few veterans of the big tour, I committed, and today is the day where I can’t turn…
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