Friday, November 4, 2011
|Nigel in the snow|
Fortunately the Coquihalla Highway proved to be a far simpler ride. We followed Coldwater Rd to cut out the first portion of the highway: A massive ascent followed by a massive descent that brings you to the foot of the actual climb over the summit and therefore makes the uphill not worth the effort. From there it was a good climb, but nothing compared to the Connector.
|The descent on the Coquihalla|
The descent into Hope was awesome. Some 40 odd kms of downhill ranging from 8% grades to a gentle slope that's just enough to keep your bike rolling. It's fast.
We were glad to get to the Lower Mainland and coastal BC. The major mountain passes are now done with, and the threat of snow and freezing appendages if significantly reduced. All that's left now is the Malahat, and a bit of uphill around the centre of Vancouver Island, and rain rain rain rain rain. Hopefully the weather gods will smile on us and turn off the taps for a few days.
We've been in Victoria the last few days, recovering from the cold of the mountains and searching out coastal birds. It's been an excellent break, but now it is time to continue... on to Tofino!