‘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.
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.
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.
They are a good food source, not only for the newborns, but for bears and eagles who are attracted by this dead fish feast.
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.
Here she goes.
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,
It seemed a lovely track on the map.
There were a few decisions to be made along the way, but it turned out I made the right one as I got through the rough parts and into a very pretty valley,where I was halted (briefly) by a 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.
It’s a wonderfully quiet spot and he spends a fair amount of time here with his wife Jane,
and the dog.
Each time I check the weather forecast it tells me rain is coming.
I took a pretty road north of Lillooet that took me out to Carpenter Lake.
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. She 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 had started out below the lake. It was a rather steep climb.
The first car overtaking me offered me a ride.
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.
It’s still pretty, just a little busier.
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…
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.
I’m still not all that sure but for now it seems my wheels keep (very slowly) turning…
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