|Which way do we go?|
As the flames rose higher on our circular brick fire pit, Jackie told us about their first day on the trail. It was hot and sunny as they set off towards Beaverdell, which would be a full day's ride from Midway (assuming you stop for lunch - which normal people do). Since it was their first day, they were fresh enough to pedal hard for the first 30 km. (18 mi.) which took them past the abandoned rail tunnel outside of Greenwood and through the field where my cycling partner Roy and I had come across a rifle - toting farmer years before.
|I might be smiling but my friends aren't!|
It was true. They had set out east toward the summit at Eholt and not north toward Rhone that morning. And they didn't start out from Midway but from Rock Creek - a substantial cycling distance error.
Rule Two: FOLLOW CLOSELY THE TEXT THAT YOUR FATHER SENDS YOU
While putting another log onto our fire, Jackie related how she and her friend could not find one of the campsites that I had described so many times from my own bikepacking trips and the one that we had camped at last year. She had texted me from the trail and I had replied with what I thought was an easy - to - understand message: "There is only one main street and the campground is at the end. Between the highway and the river".
|The place where they might have camped|
Rule Three: BE WARY OF ANY BI-PASS ROUTE
Due to a boulder having rolled into and damaging one of the trestles in the Myra Canyon, British Columbia Parks had created a bi-pass route around the weakened structure. Jackie has heard my story many times about traversing a makeshift route around the Myra Canyon after the Okanagan Mountain fire destroyed many of the trestles. It was one of the worst cycling experiences that I have ever had. The terrain was so rough that the bumping and jostling caused my rear pannier rack to fall off, scattering my camping gear across the dirt track and into a briar filled gully. It took an hour and a half for us to figure out how to attach the pannier rack back onto the bike using only a pipe clamp and a length of Velcro. It also helped the Roy took a huge load of my gear and fastened it to his bike.