Day 5

 From Day 1 at the Mile Zero Monument of Terry Fox

From Day 1 at the Mile Zero Monument of Terry Fox

Hey Folks! 

We're five days in and still kicking.. or peddling. Either way the first five days gave us a bunch of obstacles that we biked past with only a few scraps and bruises. I don't have a lot of time to chat so I'll get to it. 

I took a fall heading down our VERY FIRST hill.. 

 A mild case of Road Burn

A mild case of Road Burn

 Whoops...

Whoops...

It wasn't a big hill on our way out of Surrey, but it was the first one so NOW we know how to do them. Catherine didn't fall so I guess she already knew, but now I felt a lot more comfortable about coming through the mountains. Yesterday coming into Kelowna, we went downhill at a 6% grade, for about 20-30 km and it was a breeze. All you have to do is focus on not tensing up and watching for potholes or debris that could throw you off balance. And it was a much appreciated break after the 1900m climb out of Merrit. 

 The start of our 1900m climb out of Merrit, BC. At least it was pretty.

The start of our 1900m climb out of Merrit, BC. At least it was pretty.

The first 5 days have been a lot of fun. We've seen some amazing sights, more mountains than a couple of prairie kids could imagine and only 6 sleeping critters on the side of the road. Catherine says they probably won't wake up but a boy can dream. 

On our way into Chilliwack I felt something go wrong in my left knee. I was taking off after a stop sign and pushed down on it and felt a shooting pain all the way up my leg. Took it real slow on the 10 minute ride to the campground and ended up resting it on my back pannier and biking with just the right leg. It looked pretty silly but I didn't want to take any chances. Did a quick google of the pain and it was either a spider bite or inflammation of my iliotibial band, the ligament that connects the outside or your knee to your hip. Just to be safe, we took a day to rest and ice it up and it's feeling a lot better. One of the most important things when you're doing a trek like this one is to listen to your body and make sure you don't overdo it. Especially when you have a whole country to go. 

Another thing we're finding with so much exercise each day and being so far from home, our hormones and emotions are all over the place. My little sister, Rainy texted me that she was going to see the new Avengers movie while we were taking a shady break under a bridge and I had to hold back tears. I didn't cry sliding 10 feet on the pavement but a menial text from Rainy  got me choked up. I guess I might just love her. Who knew :) 

I've got to run, but I'd like to thank everyone that has hosted us so far. Bev, Taylor and Kevin in Victoria, BC. Karin in Surrey and just last night Steve and Phyllis in Kelowna, BC. You all have been amazing and we cannot thank you enough. 

You'll hear from us again, today we have a short easy ride up to Vernon with only a 200m incline, much easier than yesterday. 

Stay safe, travel well,

Bob

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