Woke up at a silly hour (5.30 am) and started getting ready. This is the first “proper” day, I’ll have all my weight on me and I’m camping alone. This is me about to head off with all my gear! And then some photos along the way. I took Hwy 7 all the way to Hope.
I saw this sign shortly after I left Shawn. 😦
My lunch break! I had a sandwich and some couscous. And both were absolutely delicious. Is it me or is food tasting better and better as I go along?
More views along route…
When I saw this, I knew trouble was ahead for me!! It was a curvy super steep road downhill. With 50 pounds of weight on me going at breakneck speed? no thanks! I walked some of this hill down.
Pitched my tent. Tonight is my very first night camping alone.
All in all, I did 85kms in in 6 hours (with a 45 min lunch/break in there). The road was mostly flat, with some uphill and some downhill (always very short though). Really enjoyed it!
Tomorrow, I’m going to give Allison Pass a go. 18kms of uphill (the whole day is supposed to be 67 kms). It’s going to be brutal. I am planning to stop part way and crash for the night if I have to and stretch it into two days if need be. Same thing with the Manning Park Lodge to Princeton (supposed to be another crazy uphill day). I have to be realistic. People without any weight with support vehicles find these two days (from Hope to Princeton along Hwy 3) brutal, so – tis not going to be too much fun. Truthfully, I’m absolutely terrified. Not just because of the uphill, but apparently there is some crazy downhill coming up too. What the heck am I doing here? Valid question no? 😉