Day 65: Sparwood, BC July 21, 2007Posted by jonpierson in Uncategorized.
I MADE IT!! It took me 64 days (minus 6 rest days) to bike from the border of Mexico to the border of Canada! I arrived yesterday at about 5 pm, in a town called Roosville. After crossing the international border I figured hey, why stop now… so I kept biking. And here I am, 2 days into Canada in a town called Sparwood, home of “The World’s Biggest Truck.” I personally think that’s a lie, actually, the info center told me it was a lie, but it still makes for a nice sign when you’re entering town. But to it’s credit, it really is quite large.
I have been riding pavement, and will continue to do so until Elkford, another 20 miles from here. From Elkford, its 110 off pavement miles into Banff. My best friend Alex from NY will greet me at the Spray River Trail where it intersects the Banff Springs Hotel. That is the FINAL point of the ride, where I will cross whatever finish line there may be at the end of this thing. Hopefully next to the end point is an ice cream stand. I will need a lot of ice cream when I’m done.
I got to a bike shop this morning in a cool mountain town called Fernie. Replaced a cable, fixed the rack, again, and did a once over on the bike. I think everythings ready to go. I’ve learned my way around fixing the bike. Makes it cheaper to borrow tools to do it myself when do get to the bike shop. Fernie is somewhat of a mountain biking mecca. It’s a booming town with some serious mountains and terrain well suited to downhill biking in summer and obviously all the winter sports too. It reminds me of Alaska, thanks to the towering alpine mountains and the powerful and fast moving Elk River.
Next check in will be in Banff, where I can call this journey complete. It’s been wonderful so far, sad to finish on my own. Please don’t worry about my safety, I have not made it this far due to luck. I carry bearspray, don’t bike in the dark, and am an expert at not getting lost. Well, I don’t know so much about the last part, but it usually does work out. Seriously though, I’m fine on my own, and only have 2 more days of riding solo before I meet up with Alex in Banff. From there we’re off to Jasper to walk the famous “Skyline Trail.” I can’t wait.
Til next time, tailwinds and ice cream.