Saturday 23 June, 2012

Day 9 – British Columbia


The forecast was rain, and lots of it all over BC. I left early to get as much riding in as I could before the downpour started. I didn’t spend any time in Vancouver, but I want to come back and devote a few days to just the city. Highway 99 from Vancouver to Whistler [...]


The forecast was rain, and lots of it all over BC. I left early to get as much riding in as I could before the downpour started. I didn’t spend any time in Vancouver, but I want to come back and devote a few days to just the city.

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Highway 99 from Vancouver to Whistler is nothing but one astounding vista after another, all connected by a sinuous, perfectly maintained road.

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I was getting hungry, so I stopped in whistler for a really good crepe and some expensive coffee.

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The town was host to the 2010 Winter Olympics and everything has a squeaky clean and new feeling. It’s obvious that an enormous amount of money is spent here all year round, giving it an almost theme park feeling.

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Continuing on 99 to Lillooet, I notice the road and landscape changing. The postcard perfect mountains and road are becoming more rugged, mining and logging are replacing ski lodges and visitor centers, vacation homes give way to manufactured homes. This is a real blue collar town.
I notice the rain clouds that have been absent all day are finally pushing in from the south. I make haste to the surprisingly large city of Kamloops.

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I wander around and find some unique things (Canadian chains replace the familiar US ones) and delight in the familiar sight of a comic shop, next to a used book shop next to a Magic card and gaming store.

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I grabbed a microbrew and some junk food and retired to my room at The Plaza just as it started to rain.

One Comment

  • Scott Nelson says:

    Vancouver is a beautiful city- Shaleah and I honeymooned there so many years ago, and I haven’t visited since but would love to return someday.


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