Woke up at 6AM and while checking my phone came across a message from Melanie (a girl who was doing the Cross-Canada adventure and I'd been in contact with via Facebook back in Toronto) She had had a terrible first day leaving Vancouver and was asking if she and her cousin Kevin could join us. She sounded very stressed and worried. I talked to the guys and gave her a call at 7AM to give her directions to the hotel since we were about to get breakfast and aiming start riding to Hope at 8:30AM. We had breakfast (egg & cheese muffins, toast with peanut butter and jam, orange juice, yogurt and bananas) Then we got the bikes ready and went to the entrance. Melanie and Kevin got here by 8;30AM.
We started heading to Hope on the Highway 7 East but we were doing 10km/h for the first hour and we thought we were doing very poor performance, we took turns riding with Mel and Kevin but around 10AM we decided to stop for a break at a road store, we found out Melanie was having the same issue Ben was having the day before. The front pannier ws hitting her bike front brake (Disc Brakes) and she practically rode about 2-3 Km with her front wheel braked. No wonder she was tired and frustrated. Once we figured it out, we fixed it and she was able to ride faster and better.
We continued riding for about 45Km until we saw a nice restaurant called Oasis and we stopped for lunch (Turkey wrap, Tomato, Lettuce and warm green tea) then we decided to split and go first to reach Hope and secure a place to spend the night for the 6 of us since we were thinking camping but being a saturday night we might run out of luck. I managed to ride next to Will for the next 45Km at a steady pace of 25Km/h. It felt really good, so good we didn't noticed leaving Ben and Scott behind. Once we got to the Hope sign we stopped and waited for them. We were happy to finally get there and took many pictures next to the sign. We were all proud and we could see the Rockies in the backgroud.
We rode into Hope to the Tourist Information Office where the clerk suggested the Coquihalla Campgrounds where all 6 of us could camp for $40 ($6.50/each) We agreed since the price was a sweet deal. We waited for Melanie and Kevin and they got to the Tourist Office about 40 minutes later. Went to the campsite and built the tents, took a warm shower (for $1) and changed clothes since we got rained on for about 30 minutes on the way to Hope.
Omce changed and fresh we decided to explore the town and find dinner. It turns out that Hope is the place where Rambo: First Blood was shot and this year is the 30th anniversary so there are posters and tourist attractions everywhere about John Rambo. All I coult think of was my brother since that was his favourite movie for the longest time. We found a dinner and I had chicken fingers and baked potato ($20) then we went back to the campsite and straight to bed. I stood up until 10:30PM since I was writting down notes so I could update the blog from my little black journal. It's rainning and a bit cold. Tomorrow we should be up around 7AM. Long and tough day tomorrow. 120Km approx and mostly uphill. First taste of the Rockies but so far I am proud of myself. Off to bed...Good Night!
A Venezuelan/Canadian dreamer who loves to travel and discover new places and cultures. Backpack's always ready!