So I know I am supposed to wax poetic about the start of a journey. I am supposed to talk about adventure, excitement and learning about yourself and your capabilities. However I am not going to lie to you guys...today sucked. The start of the day was awesome. Alex met me at my place and we rode over to my friend Andrea's place to drop off a book on the way out of town. We were lucky enough to meet her as she was heading out to work on her bike. Mission completed we rode off to the east. It was lightly raining and cool for the most part so we thought it could be worse outside and were happily chatting away on our way out of town. Then about 20 kms in it started to rain. And when I say rain I mean really rain and for the next 60 kms Alex and I got really really soggy. Add to that a slight head wind and neither of could really draft each other because as soon as you got behind their wheel you were basically gargling the giant rooster tail of spray coming off the road. I have full fenders but there was so much water that even that didn't help. I have to admit having Alex there help a lot and we were able to laugh about how crazy this was.
We stopped for lunch at a place outside Mission that was an homage to the fire fighting profession. Cannot remember what it was called but it had the word 'fire' in it. After hammering back the largest clubhouse sandwich I have ever seen we were back on the road. For about 15 minutes the rain had lightened to a light mist but then it was back to steady rain and Alex and I road about 20 feet apart for the next couple of hours
With about 40 kms to go before hope somehow the skies doubled their effort and it was puking rain so hard that the water running down the hill we were riding up was actually stopping us. And then que the lighting and thunder. Two of the blasts were so close that everything lite up and Alex said "maybe the sun is coming out.." just before the loud crash which had me nervous, but I am a wuss.
All and all it wasn't that bad and I am being a little dramatic. It was a day where if I was at home I would have gone for a run or to the gym. It would have been nice to see a little more of the mountains as we road into them but the clouds had other plans. Alex was a trooper and made the day entertaining and I feel pretty good for finishing my first leg of the trip. I did see some cool stuff though and learn some things.
- The Fraser river is huge and very angry.
- Trains are entertaining and so is the graffiti on them.
- I really really like my touring bike. Its comfy and easy to ride but I am still getting used to the gear ratios.
- I can ride in a thunder storm making me basically Thor...
I want to thank all the people at the UX Guys office warming party who donated to Peleton65 last night and everyone messaging me on twitter, facebook and tossing me text messages.
Well I am off to do some laundry and eat my weight in pasta. Hope for sun please!
150 kms down 5850 to go.