My imagination was stirred when Roy described how he and his nephew rounded a bend in the trail, deep in the forest and there standing in the middle of the trail was a soldier who informed them that they were not going any further. "We have enough people lost in the woods - we don't need any more. You'll have to go back and find another route!" This was during the Okanagan Mountain fire. Just the encouragement I need to go!
|The fire Richard, Roy and I experienced near Princeton|
When I think of how far I have come in the last five years riding almost the full length of the KVR, I'm now prepared to lead an expedition of my own. And I describe it that way as I sit here indoors and the temperature is still - 30 Celsius outside and too cold for me to be out riding - although I admire the cyclists who are out there right now braving the cold - people like Coreen. So I daydream...
|Swimmers under the Cascade trestle|
The expedition will claw our way to various summits, camp in the middle of nowhere, be excited when we come upon a country store, enjoy any food that comes our way and most of all, discover history together and feel a tremendous sense of accomplishment as we swagger into town and act as though our trip was nothing as we regale neighbouring campers will tales of our exploits.
|Love those tunnels!|
Like an expedition, there will be decisions to make on the trail, choices to be made. Weather is a always a factor. Too hot can be just as taxing as too cold. Conditioning (training) will play a key role in the amount of enjoyment riding the trails will bring. It will be easier for my daughter and I since we will train for the MS Bike tour in June and by doing the KVR, we will have a leg up on our training for the MS Mountain Tour in mid September.
|The good old MS Tour in June|