Day Two: Over the Coquihalla

The toughest day of cycling I’ve ever had. A 40km climb to start the day (concluded by summiting the Coquihalla), including one humbling stretch during which I had a tough time managing more than 6kph. Steeeeeep!

Made it to Merritt at shortly after 1:30pm after a ridiculously fun descent at 60kph for about 8km – the first time I encountered a stiff cross wind.

Absolutely stunning part of the country – mountain peaks and rippling creeks around every corner.

Great to catch up with Bellsy, Shawn, and meet a new cycling friend Theja who joined us for dinner (near the end of a near 5,000km trek from Boston!).

Grateful for every minute of today. A recurring thought of the week so far has been “you’ll only get this moment once” – whether seeing the sunlight hit the mountainside in a particular way, the ache of knees near the top of the climb, biting into a delicious snack, or being completely lost in a thought of a loved one – you only get each moment once.

Tale of the tape:

130km. 1800m climbing. 18kph average. Top speed 64kph. Times ukulele served as a brake = 2.

On the menu:

  • 1 cup Starbucks instant coffee
  • 2 packs Quaker instant oats
  • 1/2 cup of yogurt
  • 1/2 pint of raspberries
  • 4x stuffed Clif bars
  • One school of Goldfish crackers
  • 3 cokes
  • 5 amazing Gallagher chocolate chip cookies
  • 7/10 of a large pizza
  • 2 beers
  • Burgers w blue cheese
  • Green salad
  • BBQ Potatoes

On the menu for tomorrow:

I’m still having a tough time eating enough. This should help.