Oh, the places you go


I met Paul weeks ago.

While having a coffee on the roadside he gave me his number and told me to let him know if I’m ever near Kamloops.Screen Shot 2014-10-14 at 2.02.25 PM

‘Pritchard’ to be precise. A tiny settlement near Kamloops with just a handful of houses.

But enough to do to keep me entertained for the next week.

Well, not exactly there as plans were quickly made to go boating, camping, hiking and kidnap a woman.

Yes.

She's fine... really!

Kidnap a woman.

Bonnie and I stayed in touch after she spent a few days in Derry last summer.  I happened to know she was going to be on the bus that would stop in Kamloops at 3am that morning.

We got her off the bus and made her do fun stuff.

Like having lunch with Laurie,the girl that gave me a lift into Jasper.

The Girls

She lives in Kamloops, we went for a walkBonnie & Laurie

with her little dog.

This time of year the Salmon are running.

Sockeye Salmon come from way out the oceans back to their place of birth to spawn and die.

Once every four years is a ‘dominant’ run, when millions of Salmon return.

Paul's Picture

Paul’s Picture

2014 happens to be such a year. SalmonIt’s amazing how the fish can find the place they’re born. I have trouble doing so, but I guess I’m not ready to spawn and die… That might help.

They are a good food source, not only for the newborns, but for bears and eagles who are attracted by this dead fish feast.

And we.

the beach.

But we’re only passing by on our way to Adams Lake. Where we went to try out Paul’s little canoe.

There’s a lot of logging in the area and the 60km long lake is used to transport the logs to the mill at the start.

logging

We had a lovely time exploring Rock-islands,The little IslandA few small islands full of pretty mushrooms,

impressive eagle feathers and even an accidental treasure-find!our treasure!

The rain was threatening so we build us a shelter,A shelterand a campfire.Fire

Paul showed me an app on his phone for locating stars and planets. the universe and me.

It tells you exactly what is where in real time! Every hour-and-a-half we stared up to try and catch the space station come over.Space Station

Here she goes.

After some great days with pancakes
Pancake

and a few too many beers (…) it was time to go find my bicycle and move along.

Bonnie had to catch a flight out of Vancouver and Paul had to make his way to Suriname for a job.

So I got back on track,

eagle

but not before visiting the great and wonderful Log Cabin Pub  😉Log Cabin Pub

There’s a road that climbs out of Spences Bridge along disused logging trails all the way up and over the hills.Looking back

It seemed a lovely track on the map.

And it was too.lovely trail

Not very fast, but I’ve never been known to be in any major hurry. Not even with winter on my heels.Oh DeerIt got a little wet in places, but as long as the rain stayed out I was really enjoying it.Muddy Business

There were a few decisions to be made along the way, up or down?but it turned out I made the right one a pushas I got through the rough parts and into a very pretty valley,Pretty Valleywhere I was halted (briefly) by a locked gate.Locked Gate

The property owner Brian just happen to come along and open it for me.  I was on my way to the main road when a vehicle overtook me.

“Jij bent knettergek!” (You are crazy)  Joost told me.

He then explained that Brian had rang him to say there was a Dutch girl in the valley and he had to go and see it himself.

So here he was inviting me to stay in his converted barn;the Barn

Joost moved to Canada in 1960 and has built his gorgeous home in the valley himself.the house

It’s a wonderfully quiet spot and he spends a fair amount of time here with his wife Jane,

Jane, Joost & the dog

and the dog.

Each time I check the weather forecast it tells me rain is coming.

And apparently the closer I get to Vancouver the larger the chance is. So I decided to take a bit of a loop before getting to the city. How'd they know..?That would stop it. Right?

Still sunnyIt seemed to work! Or at least I manage to avoid the worst of it.

I took a pretty road north of Lillooet that took me out to Carpenter Lake.

horseshoebend

I could see dark clouds ahead of me, and dark clouds behind me,Narrow road But I had a dry and at times even sunny day riding along the lake.Carpenter Lake

Nice day for a bike rideThis road took me to Gold Bridge, another tiny community in the hills where time seems to stand still. (42 inhabitants)Towards GoldBridge

With a terrible weather forecast and a big hill to ride over I was lucky to got talking to Darlene who runs the local motel all by herself. Darlene and TimberShe had a few odd jobs lying around and I was happy to help in exchange for a shower.

I had no problem sleeping in my tent but she would have none of that and offered me a beautiful well equipped motel room!

That night I realised how handy this was as I peaked out the window to see a huge black bear stroll around the premises, knocking over the bin outside my door and wandering around looking for food.

I stayed three nights before a break in the weather warranted me a good crossing over the Hurley. I probably shouldn’t have stayed up half the night drinking with a new friend… But hey. You can’t always be sensible.

I took this picture after cycling 5km.A climb

I had started out below the lake. It was a rather steep climb.

The first car overtaking me offered me a ride.

But I had waited for this dry spell for three days!View

The road was great. And because of the climbing I wasn’t very cold at all, IMG_4685_tonemappedThe rain turned into snow not that much further up and it was like a fairytale landscape riding over the 1800 meter pass.Hurley Pass

It got chilly on the way down the other side, but nothing less pretty.

When I got back to the highway I had a day of heavy rain going to Whistler. But since it was just along the main road it didn’t really matter. And I had a warm shower waiting for me at Craig’s place!

He gave me the wonderful news I did not actually need to follow this busy highway all the way into Vancouver.

There is a trail that runs between Whistler and Squamish I would never have known if he hadn’t mentioned this. So After a warm and dry night I climbed back on the bike to find this little turn off he’d been telling me about.

And I found it!Found the fun trail!
Having to climb over boulders to cross a railway road and push through the river only added to the fun.

I started to get a sore neck from staring up to the trees.pretty moss They’re beautiful with all the moss growing on them.Beautiful trees

From Squamish  there is no more avoiding the main sea-to-sky-highway.
The sea to sky highway

It’s still pretty, just a little busier.

The last 30 km I carefully followed the road making sure not to fly over my handlebars like the unfortunate dude on this traffic sign.
Better not do this

I managed! Safely made it to West Vancouver where a bit of a surprise was waiting for me.

Ric welcomed me into his place. But since he’s the manager of an apartment block he gave me a whole apartment to use for myself!

This is the view from my window…

View from the window

Truly the most luxurious place I can imagine! (including gym & jacuzzi!)

Here I spent a few days sleeping, reading, looking out the window and trying to come up with a plan of what to do next.

It rained.

Ric in Vancouver

I’m still not all that sure but for now it seems my wheels keep (very slowly) turning…
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24 thoughts on “Oh, the places you go

  1. En alweer een schitterende set foto’s. Vooral die paddestoelen en die weg binnendoor zijn prachtig, maar ja, de rest ook…. :-).
    En wat een uitzicht vanuit die flat in Vancouver! Heel wat beter dan toen we dat via Skype zagen…
    Tja, en dan nu een plan maken; we zijn benieuwd. We horen het vast wel binnenkort,
    liefs,

    pap & mam

  2. Hoi Mirjam,

    mooie trip met bijbehorende foto’s. Goed dat je mensen in je netwerk hebt waarbij en waarmee je niet steeds in the wild hoeft te leven. Waarheen nu…………………een vraag welke ook bij jou opdoemt, net zoals bij ons allen in het leven.

    Heel benieuwd op basis van wat je een nieuw richting kiest en met welk doen.

    De innerlijke drijfveer moet toch steeds weer worden opgewonden, om de uitdaging aan te gaan en de motivatie op te kunnen blijven brengen voor hetgeen je doet.

    Petje af voor je.

    Voor velen ben je een inspiratiebron verwacht ik, maar zeker ook een doorzetter met frisse blik en ervaren ziel in het bereizen van zoveel landen, mensen en omstandigheden.

    Petje af voor je.

    groet,

    michel wassenberg

  3. Damn – wow; love this blog! I’m a hardcore cyclist and hardcore cycling fanatic, and I enjoyed reading this more than I did anything on velonews.com or cyclingnews.com today. So much is spent on the cyclists that simply go fast and hit finish lines as fast as possible that we miss out on the adventurers like you whom slow down and enjoy the world from the vantage point of a bicycle.

  4. Are you still in Vancouver? We would love to meet you if possible, maybe a dinner together in our place during the upcoming weekend? We are cyclist too just getting ready for another adventure this time in Australia. If you wish to contact us please call 778-322-0044.
    Joanna and Michael.

  5. Amazing photographs! I am Canadian (from Vancouver; I also have family in the Kelowna/Kamloops area) and this blog post made me think of home. I live in the USA now, and am training for my first “double century” ride. Bikepacking looks interesting and I look forward to reading more of your blog!

  6. Great post, I really like all of the images you took. I’m dutch but we live in CO. I have chronic pain and my blog is all about that. I really liked the second to last image. Do you take them all your self? and it’s really cool! (I’m eleven by the way)

  7. Morning ms cycling dutch girl
    David here from Radium Hot Springs now down in the Ocean Park / White Rock area until mid December.
    So glad you where able to catch much of the routes that we recommended to you when you stayed with us.
    You actually found one that I did not know about ( Whistler to Squamish off road ?!). You will have to let M & I
    know about that access point so we too can explore. We were up there in early Nov with our kids. Hope we didn’t pass
    in the night so to speak – again- like Penticton and Kamloops.
    Any hooowie, have a great trip. If you can, catch up with us so we can visit again
    David and Margaret

  8. Mirjam! Als je ooit in Ontario bent, in de buurt van Barrie, dan heb ik nog een adresje voor je waar je kunt blijven slapen, of je tent opzetten. Mijn oom en tante wonen daar.

  9. So happy to have found your blog – love your adventures and beautiful photographs. I’m discovering places in my own Beautiful BC that I didn’t know about until I read them here 🙂

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