Mountains and Lakes
Canada became a “someday” destination in 2013, my first summer of riding. After five summers of prowling the Western United States, I decided that “someday” had better become “now” because I’m not getting younger. As it happened, Canada made this particular ride perhaps the most well-balanced, in terms of scenery, of my summer tours thus far. After riding through miles of Oregon’s lonely high mountain desert, meandering through lush Willamette Valley farmland, enjoying the Oregon and Washington coastal terrain, and skirting rain forests on Washington’s peninsula, I crossed our northern border ready for a few days of imposing mountains and lakes that stretch on…and on…and on! Canada and Idaho, here I come. Please join me.
A Long Drop and a Disappointing Campsite
The descent from the Pennask Summit (5760 ft) into Kelowna was mind-boggling. From Merritt you climb to the summit in stages, but coming down is approximately 30 miles of steady descent. I was tired by the time I reached the Bear Creek Provincial Park Campground, and not happy to find that camping on the lovely soft grass beyond the gravel was forbidden. Oh well, buck up and huck it Suzanne, and be thankful you packed the Snow Peak can-be-driven-through-anything tent stakes (6 oz each) and a hammer!