Monday, 21 June 2010

On to the plateau

18th June: Clinton to Lac le Hache

Odometer: 115 km, Start: 8.30am, Finish: 4.30pm, Avg: 18.8 km/h,
Weather: Sunny, Temp: 15-22°C
Bear count: 3, Mosquito Bites: 1, Hills walked: 0
Road Conditions: #97, good surface and 2m shoulder until 83 Mile House. Then shoulder was rubbish - gravel and v. bumpy. Reasonable shoulder again after 108 Mile Ranch. Traffic light am, moderate pm. Only service before 100 Mile House is at 70 Mile House.

Continued along the #97 all day today. After leaving Clinton I climbed onto a plateau of sparse pine scrub and pasture land at around 1100-1200m altitude. It was certainly a flatter ride than previous days, although I had a nagging headwind to contend with for most of the day. There were many ranches along the roadside with lots of horses grazing in the fields.

I'm going through all of those!
Pine scrub scenery

The only services in the morning were at 70 Mile House where I had some pancakes and had a BLT made up to take out for later. I spoke to the owner for a few minutes as I was the only customer (I suspect all morning). As per usual, she said that she had British ancestry. It seems that every Canadian I meet has some relatives from the Old Country!

The pancake portion was a bit stingy this morning!
Only service all morning

I made it to 100 Mile House, the largest town today, by early afternoon. It was too early to stop, so after getting some groceries I went on to Lac le Hache where I’m camping in the Provincial Park this evening. It’s a bit of a primitive site with no showers! Not ideal after you’ve just cycled in warm weather for 8 hours…

Campsite tonight
Hope that's not for me...

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