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Yee-haw, we did it!

Written on: Wednesday August 6th, 2008

A journal entry from: Fishes and Bicycles

A month after leaving Victoria we crossed the border into Alberta! After Adam got over the fact we couldn't sleep in the cabin, we had a lovely evening camping in the shadow of the Rockies. We got up early the next morning to find icy slivers covering our picnic table, rain fly and exhaled breath. We crawled back in our sleeping bags and waited for the sun to melt it. And, melt it did.

The last few clicks before the four-km-grind to the top was uber scenic and hot. On the way, we met a second mountain biker going the opposite direction, following the Continental Divide Mountain Biking Trail to Mexico. We also met a bear. He was about 25 yards away from us crossing the road. He stood up on his hind legs when he heard our calm "oh bear"s, sniffed the air and then darted off into the bushes. We were too preoccupied with the pending climb to really be concerned. Then there we were, in the midst of a seemingly endless climb (which more often than not was a slow-motion hike, pushing the bike and loaded trailer up hill).  It actually looked much less steep than it felt. The real challenge was the terrain.  Large rocks, deep ruts and minimal traction made it hard to carry forward any momentum.

We reached the top and the water works began. I cried for joy! We did it!  I was so excited. But, I should have listened to Adam b/c we still had 40 km to go to the end of the day's ride, and another day of cycling to reach Calgary!?! We were able to refuel mid-way with hot dogs and milkshakes, and it was fun coasting downhill, barely pedaling at all. The Rockies were unbelieveable.  It was like cycling throuh a postcard all afternoon. 

There's a quote in the guide book that says something to the effect that you can do anything with enough time, water and calories. I'd have to agree, but would like to add that supportive pep talks from your loved ones help lots too (as well as car rides across difficult sections of trail - Many thanks, Earl!). I'd also like to add that singing song lyrics in your head also helps. For example, ZZ Top's "she's got legs, and she knows how to use 'em" helped on some of the steeper climbs, as well as the feminists' classic quote, "Ginger Rogers did everything Fred Astair did but backwards and on heels". (So, there are my secrets to those of you wondering how I made it through - a reportoire of distractions!?!)

-Jen

 

From Traci on Aug 19th, 2008

Those are some sweet spandex you two are wearing! ;-)

From barb on Aug 21st, 2008

Congrats, what a great accomplishment. You two should be very proud. It's been fun sharing your adventure. Love, Mom