The bike was heavier since I was carrying food for all day. I was happy about getting back on the bike but sad about leaving Revelstoke. We started climbing hills and riding through the fog, as the time passed the fog started clearing but no sun and still cloudy.
I kept on stopping every hour and a half for a bit and stretched my legs and no signs of Mel and Kevin but I couldn't stop and wait for them for too long. It'd be a long day. Got to Rogers Passand the climbing started again. It felt easier than Coquihalla but there was some difficulty. Just at the moment I was feeling like dismounting and pushing the bike I saw a sign that said Rogers Pass summit 1km. I felt it was too late to quit and kept pedalling to the top. Once I got to the summit I as was happy just like I was at Coquihalla.
I stopped for pictures and even a short victory dance!
I couldn't wait for it so I started pedalling again and got to a fancy hotel at the top of the mountain. I stopped and waited for the guys and got a cold drink and a chocolate bar to celebrate my conquer. At the counter I met Gabriella, a nice girl from Chile to whom I talked Spanish for 30 minutes and then she refilled my water bottles and wished me luck, but also told me Golden was another 80Km and I realized I was only half way there. After 45 minutes at the top I finished my food and it was getting cold. No sign on the guys so I decided to continue and get the day over.
Made it to what it was the entrance of Golden. McDonalds, A&W, Gas Stations, Tim Hortons. I stopped at a gas station to see if that was it, the attendant told me I needed to ride for another 10 minutes into town. I noticed the clock on the wall said 7pm. Time change in BC just getting closer to Alberta. 2 minutes into riding and I stopped at light and there was the "Welcome to Golden" sign, as I turn y head I saw another cyclist approaching. I thought it was Mel or Kevin but as she came closer I noticed it was someone new. A redhead girl called Jenny riding from Victoria to Newfoundland on a Surly Longhaul Trucker. She asked me if I was Sebastian because she just had met Mel and Kev but left them behind after the crazy downhill.
After a short introduction we took turns to take pictures of each other next to the sig, a couple called Mike and Linda came to us and asked us where we were planning on staying. I had heard about Kicking Horse hostel but they suggested the Dreamcatcher Hostel closer to downtown. Went to check it out and I'm glad we did since it was a great hostel with an extremely nice manager named Gerald who treated us like royalty. We got a private room with 2 bunk beds for $25 each.
Gerald showed us the room and told us to relax and go eat something and tha we'll do the registration once the other 2 cyclists arrive. I didn't know how far behind were they so I took a shower which felt glorious after 155Km and went for pizza with Jenny. Told Gerald where we would be so he could point Mel and Kev on the right track. We got to "Carlitos" a small pizza joint who's owner was a huge Al Pacino fan so all the menu and pizzas names were named after movie lines. I had the "Funny as a clown"
After that we went for a well deserved beer after a long day and back to the hotel. Once we got there Melanie was cooking dinner for herself and Kevin arrived so exhausted that went straight to bed. I took a short tour of the hostel and got a computer to check my emails and tell everyone I survived the day. I was feeling pretty tired and the next day was another tough day to Lake Louise so I went to bed in order to wake up early and with enough energy plus now we were one hour ahead.