Peddling for the People

Grace and Alan's Bike Trip Across North America


Almost to the Pacific!

Posted by xc2009 on July 30, 2009 at 4:38 PM

Day 81

Kamloops, British Columbia.

The north is hotter than we expected. This week temperatures have been record breaking. Last night the both of us were pretty miserable lying in the tent waiting for the sweltering air to cool. This morning we woke up at 5 am and were riding by 5:30 am. We have arrived in the city around 1:00. This is the first city we have been in since Calgary, Alberta. Due to the heat, we will indulge in a hotel or motel for tonight. It is much easier to live in a tent when the air is not boiling…


Since leaving Banff we have been overly impressed with the views and vistas. The Canadian Rockies are way beautiful. The Ice Field Highway, leading from Banff to Jasper was perhaps the best scenery we have encountered so far. From Jasper to Kamloops, I would say that the Town of Blue River was my favorite. Grace and I arrived before noon, and found a Summer Shangri-La waiting. Behind the main street, tucked away from the traffic of the main road, there is a public park with a high dive platform (6 meters), a diving board, a beach, 3 rafts located at various distances from the shore, and some really cool drillers that we hung out with for the afternoon. We drank some beer, went swimming, jumped off the platform, and then camped near the edge of the park that night. I think our tan lines evened out a bit that day---I feel my shoulders.

We plan to reach Vancouver in 3 days.


Wow. Yeah, east to west quest almost completed! We have been trying to get in touch with Harvey Lewis to get a contact number, but have had no success. While in Malta, Montana, we met a lady who gave us her contact info and suggested that we stay with her---we will look her up.


Our adventure will turn more holidayish upon our arrival to the Pacific. The question is: what shall we do with our time??? Travel down the coast, see folks, visit cities and Universities, see the sites, and take in the local cuisine (Grace can not wait to have some Japanese food). We will have a month until we need to meet Todd in San Francisco. We may even take a train or bus as far south as LA to see Paul, Grace’s brother. Our funds have been holding up, although I am sure we will begin to spend a bit more on luxuries now that we are almost finished with the bulk of the bike riding. We may ride as far south as Northern California, not sure yet.


We would like to thank the lovely folks who fed us a second dinner then night we stayed in the Jonas Creek Camp ground along the Ice Field Parkway. The steak, potatoes, and veggies, along with the homemade wine were great.

While in Jasper we splurged and stayed in our 5th hotel/motel in the downtown area. We try not to complain---especially when we have a roof over our heads, but this place did not have climate control, and we would have been better off saying in a camp ground---this was our introduction to the north heat currently roasting Canada.

To the coast!

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Reply Uncle Hunt
4:49 PM on August 1, 2009 
Al and Grace, Your weather sounds great. Were finally getting two or three days of warm weather in New England in a row. God Bless you both on the rest of the trip.