A Good Meal and a Glass of Wine

5 06 2015

It’s amazing how much better one feels after a good meal and a glass of wine (or a beer, depending on your preference).

We left Prince George the day before yesterday,  feeling refreshed and ready for the next leg of our trip. At one point I was tempted to skip the piece between Prince George and Jasper,  I was dreaming of bus schedules. But my partner would have none of it,  I’m glad I didn’t listen to my inner voice.

This part of the world is extremely isolated,  the traffic is much less and services are few. We stocked up on food and had a wonderful ride to Purden Lake.  We rented a cabin for the night and enjoyed having our own kitchen for the evening,  we even lit the wood stove–yes it was chilly! Spent the evening playing board games and watching a movie on a DVD player.

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Our home for a night

The plan for the next day was to ride to LaSalle Lake where there is a very basic campsite (the only thing provided is a pit toilet, picnic table and bear proof garbage can).  But after 100 km of riding, this place would be enough. 

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Richard, cyclist we meet at our lunch stop.

So much for plans.  We arrived at the turn off at about 3 pm. Totally soaked. Torsos were still dry but legs were not and even our new booties failed us.  Choice: set up camp,  huddle in a tiny tent,  try to dry out and avoid the swarms of mosquitoes,  or,  keep peddling, another 46 km, find a hotel and a warm shower.

Neither option had much appeal. But we chose to carry on.  12km outside of town,  we hit a rock.  Even though it was no fun fixing the flat, the mosquito population that came to visit us was a pretty good sign that we had made the right choice.

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A spectacular view while fixing a flat. Small compensation.

We’re grateful to be in the town of McBride.

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