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we're out of duct tape...

Written on: Sunday July 13th, 2008

A journal entry from: Fishes and Bicycles

...which goes to show how much adventure we've been having.

We used to work with someone whose mantra is "incompetence breeds adventure". It's so true! Yesterday, I accidentally fell off my bike. For those worriers, I'm absolutley fine save for a few superficial scratches. Afterward, we decided to take it easy in the beautiful town of Hope, BC. It's surrounded by mountains and, like many Pacific Northwest small towns, has a central park with gigantic conifers towering over quaint single-story shops on the main drag.

We finally went fishing today for the first time this trip! Hope also has a heck of a lot of afternoon wind blowing up the Fraser River. Casting was difficult to say the least, but the river and mountains made up for the lack of fish and ample wind.

Regarding the duct tape, we've decided to hop a Greyhound to Kamloops to find a place to live.  (We're moving there this fall.) Greyhound requires you to box your bike rather than loading it assembled into the cargo hold!?!?!? What is cyclist to do on a late Sunday afternoon with all the shops closed and no bike sized-boxes in sight? We went dumpster diving for carboard and jury-rigged some asymetrical, heavily duct-taped containers.  It was hilarious.  We literally laughed out loud assembling the make shift containers.  I can't wait to see the bus driver's face.

As for the cycling adventure, we'll likely resume in Penticton - wine and fruit country (yummm).

Cheers, Jen


From linds on Jul 14th, 2008

perhaps you can reach Cowtown a little earlier? Cum on Aug 1st Aug 1st...

From linds on Jul 14th, 2008

oh yah can we have dwayne and Jes's contact? We might go that way on the way back whenever that is!

From Earl (aka dad) on Jul 14th, 2008

good luck finding accomodations in Kamloops. You culd resume in Kamloops, cycle the back route through to Merrit, and pick up the Kettle Valley line south of Merritt. Glad the fall was minor, good luck with house hunting

From jerry on Jul 14th, 2008

ow!( sympathy pain;0)- my knees are also aching in sympathy) been hot here too. hugs!

From PaulZ on Jul 14th, 2008

Even though you did not catch fish your form is excellant.

From barbz on Jul 14th, 2008

Jen, glad the knee isn't too bad. Love the box for Adam's bike. You always were good at adapting to whatever came your way. Good luke finding housing. Love, Mom

From barbz on Jul 14th, 2008

I can't spell tonight. I meant good "luck" - Love, Mom

From Neely on Jul 15th, 2008

aw poor little knee, hope you heal quick. the box is a thing of beauty,well done. love the legends of the summer fishing action. take care of yourselves good luck on the quest for housing. Neely

From Jaime Gast on Jul 16th, 2008

you guys sound like you are having so much fun! can't wait to read more about the trip! the boxes are hilarious! take care of yourself

From Robert on Jul 16th, 2008

Jen, I'm glad the fall was accidental and not intentional. Otherwise, people might think you were looking for a way out of your low carbon emission travel adventure. Just think of the scandal for the green team!

From Carolyn on Jul 18th, 2008

JenZa, Adhoc! All new to this blogging thing and thought - finally figured out where your successive posts are kept. You two are rockin' out there! Woohoo to scraped knees, dumpster diving and Okanagan vino! These are excellent memories being created.

From Buckert on Jul 18th, 2008

Wow. Looks like a nice ride. I bet the fresh air is so nice...a natural high everyday. Enjoy the rest of your journey. -B