Cross Canada Cycle Blog

Sunday May 26, 2013. Day off. We’re staying in a “Victorian”-themed modern bungalow B&B. We were warned to look out for the bear that regularly wanders through the garden, but the only wildlife we have spotted so far is the owner’s Yorkshire Terrier, Milo. With laundry and bike maintenance completed, we spent much of the day in a German bakery, catching up ...

Saturday May 25, 2013. Day 11 Barrierre to Clearwater Today we met our first fellow touring cyclist, who was riding from Calgary to Vancouver. We shared information on burgers(!), hills and motels. He was obviously “old school”, wearing a poncho, running shorts and his panniers were well worn. The rain, which was otherwise constant, let up briefly while we enjoyed the rest of ...

Friday May 24, 2013. Day 10 Kamloops to Barriere After coffee at Blenz (our new favourite!), we went to the Spoke ‘n Motion. Paul decided to have fenders put on his bike, which this bike store was able to do right away; great service! Through the rain and gravelly shoulders over the past week, there was a real difference between Lois’s bike, ...

Thursday May 23, 2013. Day 9      Vernon to Kamlooops Note: the time on the map is cycling time and does not include stops. Today’s trip was about 10 hours. Also the total distance today was actually slightly longer according to the road signs! We changed plans and headed to Kamloops rather than Blind Bay on the advice of Percy-Anne and Jeri ...

Wednesday May 22, 2013. Day 8 Kelowna to Vernon We started out with all of our rain gear on today and kept it on for the entire ride, as the rain did not let up and  it seemed to get colder in the afternoon. We followed a relatively cycle-friendly route to Winfield. After that it was the 97 which is now our ...

Tuesday May 21, 2013. Day 7 Penticton to Kelowna We stopped at the Bike Barn in Penticton, first thing, so that Lois could dispense with her clipless pedals. She found that they were not working for her on narrow, uneven shoulders with heavy traffic. Her bike is now sporting a new pair of standard pedals and she can use her same shoes ...

Monday May 20, 2013. Day off We were determined not to bike anywhere today, so after breakfast and laundry, we took a cab to the city centre for coffee and a walk along the waterfront. We wanted to do a wine-tasting tour, so headed over to the BC Wine Information Centre, where they very helpfully set us up with a tour ...

Sunday May 19, 2013. Day 6  Princeton to Penticton We had breakfast at Coco’s Bistro. It opens at 4:30 am to serve the miners (we weren’t there that early!) We had intended to follow the Kettle Valley Railway trail/Trans-Canada trail to Summerland, but were told, over coffee, that off-road motorcycles were chewing up the trail. After checking out the start of ...

Saturday May 18, 2013. Day 5 Manning Park to Princeton Today we cycled 67 kms but the Garmin “froze” so we have no map or stats. We woke to the  tweets of a couple of Barn Swallows on our window sill, and a chilly morning. Looking forward to an easier day, we carried on on the Crowsnest Highway, following the Similkameen river,  descending ...

Friday May 17, 2013. Day 4  Hope to Manning Park It was a tough, long day. Up to the Hope Slide was brutal, 20 kms, with the last 6 at an incline of 7%. After a valley we then climbed up to Allison Pass. The hard shoulders were minimal, if there at all, and half way it started to rain. With ...