Saturday June 1, 2013. Day 16

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Hinton to Edson

Our day started at the Old Grind in downtown Hinton away from the strip along the Yellowhead. The coffee was good and we enjoyed their tuna sandwiches later, by Obed Lake. The young server said our bike trip was “awesome”. A man struck up a conversation on seeing Pauls’s epresso. Originally from Greece, he had lived in Hinton for 50 years but obviously still  had a love for his homeland and was keen to talk about the Greek islands we had visited.

The ride took us up over the Obed Summmit (1163 metres), the highest point on the Yellowhead (perhaps our reference to the prairies yesterday was a bit premature!). As we climbed, we could see in our mirrors the peaks of the snow-capped Rockies, which had been obscured in the rain of the previous days. At the top of the summit, we called Chris, who was in transit in Seattle airport, en route to Seoul to join Shinyoung for a week before the two of them move to Paris.

The stretch of road from Obed Lake to Edson was less interesting and we relieved the monotony by playing Jazz 94, on Paul’s iPhone.

The weather forecast for tomorrow is for rain, turning to thunderstorms by noon – not good!

Wildlife sightings: two loons calling on Obed Lake

We are now on the traditional territory of the First Nations of Treaty 6.

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