55km, 686m gained
To date: 55km, 686m
To go: somewhere about 7,945 km give or take….
Today didn’t really feel like the start of an epic journey – it was more like a nice ride in the sunshine with my mom to go visit my brother and his family…. just with about an extra 130lbs. When I loaded up my bike this morning I swear it felt heavier and more unstable than my trial ride last week…. in fact as I rode the two blocks down to my local coffee shop I was trying to decide what I could drop from my panniers. Not a good sign, since this section was downhill too! On the upside, lovely Mirta at Seaside Village cafe gave me my cappuccino this morning for free, a kind gesture starting my journey off right.
The hardest hill was the one leaving horseshoe bay – from there it was a series of undulating ups and downs. We stopped at Porteau Cove campground to use the facilities, have a snack and refill out water bottles. There were two more long climbs (but not too steep) before Squamish. I had been dreading these hills all morning and was pleasantly surprised that they were not particularly hard, just a bit long…. gear down and settle in for the long haul.
That reminds me – my Surly Long Haul Trucker – I have decided on a name, I think…. Slow Loris.
We got into downtown Squamish just shy of 4 hours after leaving Horseshoe Bay – this was a lot quicker than I was expecting. I thought we would be crawling along at a snail’s pace and maybe take about 6 hours. We had Lunch at Cafe Norte – a Mexican Food Truck parked along the main street in downtown Squamish. I would highly recommend their Fish Burritos. Yum!
Rode a very easy last 5 km to my brother’s house and spent the remainder of this beautiful sunny day playing with my nieces. Somehow the youngest one ended up topless, wearing a bicycle helmet and repeatedly shooting herself in the face with her water gun….