Globebent2012

User: globebent
Dates: 29 Aug 2012 - 14 Sep 2012
Duration: 2 weeks, 2 days

Summers been a blurred mix of work and fun activities. Beach time, bbqs, zip line, tough mudder, short bike rides, kayaking etc. I've been longing to get out on a long ride for months.
A plan has been brewing to get away on a tour. It's picking up momentum now and after shaping and reshaping itself many times over, is set to begin August 31st.
There has been much to coordinate and I'm pretty happy with how it's all turning out.
I'll be wrapping up a couple roofing contracts at the eleventh hr, loading bike into truck, hitting Vancouver to pick up new passport and Julian, driving to Hedley to pick up Ken, then driving to Nelson.
Julian will be using my truck and helping Jessica move back to the coast. Ken and I will begin our ride.
Paul and Siobhan may join us from Nelson, north to Balfour, across the lake, and south to Creston.
That detail is still unconfirmed but I hope they can make it.
In Creston we will hook up with Andrew and Liane. The 4 of us will ride on into Idaho and finish up the day in Bonners Ferry. From there, we part ways, they'll be looping back to Creston while ken and I head east into Montana. We will end up in Kalispell. Ken riding on to Calgary, while I will be meeting my Dad (who will drive to Kalispell from Sask.) and touring Glacier National Park. After that, I'll drop south towards Missoula, then west to Leavenworth Washington, north to Osoyoos BC and home.
The whole trip will be just over 2000k and last about 2weeks.
The link will show you my route.
Blue line out, red line back.
http://goo.gl/maps/qAwH8

Friday 14 Sep 2012 23:30

About 186 k to the ferry from hope via #7, 7A, and Hastings. Took the #1 instead of marine drive to horseshoe bay. Figured it would be quicker and less hectic due to the wide shoulder.

Posted: Sept. 15, 2012, 6:30 a.m.

Friday 14 Sep 2012 19:24

Looks like I'm catching the 7:50 boat home.

Posted: Sept. 15, 2012, 2:24 a.m.

Friday 14 Sep 2012 18:51

It's fun to tackle the city now and again. What better time than rush hour on Friday.

Posted: Sept. 15, 2012, 1:51 a.m.

Friday 14 Sep 2012 16:49

Asphalt rehabilitation?? Has a nice ring to it huh! Still no bike lane though.

Posted: Sept. 14, 2012, 11:49 p.m.

Friday 14 Sep 2012 13:17

Your mission, should you choose to accept it, is 31kms down the road. Da da, da da da da, da da da da, Lunch by the roadside. A can of mini ravioli and a liter of chocolate milk! And yes, I pack my garbage.

Posted: Sept. 14, 2012, 8:17 p.m.

Thursday 13 Sep 2012 22:51

I wonder if (back in 1981 in that parallel world where the city of Hope is in the USA) John Rambo had rolled into town on a Schwinn set up with panniers and all, wearing spandex(Lycra didn't exist) and a jersey that perhaps said "hello Vietnam" . I wonder if ol Sheriff Teasle would've still given him so much grief. No doubt he would've if he'd rolled in on a recumbent 30 years ago. Anyway... Hope BC, 217kms, 6834ft, Fair bit of climbing. 2 passes. A saddle between them. Some amazing descents. One section 20kms long, doing better than 50 all the way except a spot that took maybe 10 pedal strokes to get over. Got in just after 8. Little traffic, mostly good road, great scenery. Tomorrows the last day. About 175 to horseshoe bay ferry. Maybe a drive home from the other side:)

Posted: Sept. 14, 2012, 5:51 a.m.

Thursday 13 Sep 2012 16:59

Sign at gas station said check your fuel. 87 kms to next station. It also said $1.43.9!! Anyway, I checked. I've got a liter of water, a large peanut butter oh Henry and in reserve, a cliff gel shot. I should be fine:)

Posted: Sept. 13, 2012, 11:59 p.m.

Thursday 13 Sep 2012 14:10

I'm using a bike computer that I bought in Australia at a snobby, pretentious road bike shop. I think it's insulted to be attached to this work horse. It absolutely refuses to acknowledge any efforts on my part that don't maintain at least 5kph. So after climbing for over 2 hrs it still registers roughly the same overall distance as before I started. It's sitting on my handle bars right next to my altimeter. If it wasn't so self absorbed it might notice that we are still moving forward. Sometimes I get the impression they're both laughing at my efforts. Oh wait..what's this... Top of the pass. Oh yeah, who's laughing now bitches.

Posted: Sept. 13, 2012, 9:10 p.m.

Thursday 13 Sep 2012 12:17

Somewhere down that lazy river. Princeton, 74k, 1600ft gain. Lounging on the grass outside chevrons town pantry. Basically the foot of the big climb. It's noon and I've only got 1/3 of today's distance behind me. Now the real work begins.

Posted: Sept. 13, 2012, 7:17 p.m.

Thursday 13 Sep 2012 9:52

My first 30k done and already nearly 1000ft of climbing. Having breakfast in Hedley at Ken and Heathers coffee shop. It's been chilly getting here as much of the valley is still in the shade. But the sun is shining here on the deck. The coffees good and the scrambled eggs really hit the spot.

Posted: Sept. 13, 2012, 4:52 p.m.

Wednesday 12 Sep 2012 20:18

Keremeos, 136kms, 3700 ft, Discovered this morning, I'm a couple days early if I was to meet ken in Hedley and catch a drive home. So I'm going to ride. Contemplated staying south and taking 20 to winthrop, sedro Woolley, and home. But it looked like I was in for a climb to 4000+ ft first thing this morning. Just couldnt talk myself into it. Not with the promise of 80 easy kms at a much lower elevation if I stayed my course. Glad I did.loved getting onto the crows nest highway.

Posted: Sept. 13, 2012, 3:18 a.m.

Wednesday 12 Sep 2012 14:56

Back in Canada now. Osoyoos. 3pm and a big climb coming. Quick snack first.

Posted: Sept. 12, 2012, 9:56 p.m.

Wednesday 12 Sep 2012 14:52

I can't decide if I should try to be really visible for the next 20kms, or engage stealth mode! Another waypoint icon idea Chris. The skull and cross bones:)

Posted: Sept. 12, 2012, 9:52 p.m.

Tuesday 11 Sep 2012 22:17

Omak wa. 182kms, 4900ft gain. The sun set behind the cascade mtns at 6:56 and I rolled past the welcome to omak sign at 6:59. After coulée, it was a climb for most of the afternoon. It got very smokey for awhile. Large lazy black ash fell from the sky and the sun was nothing but a dull disc behind the dense brown clouds that stung the eyes, irritated the nose and hurt the chest to labour uphill through. Eventually I was beyond it all. The sun came back out, the smokey clouds retreated, and it warmed up. A long fun descent from near 3300 at the pass to 800 at Omak. Knowing it was going to be a fairly long day with some climbing thrown in, I stocked up last night. This morning had 3 portions instant oatmeal, 1/2 a 750ml yogurt, and a litre of milk. I survived the day with 2 chocolate bars, 5 bananas, a large ice tea, 2 liters of water, and a 5 hr energy shot. Didn't stop at gas stations or restaurants etc at all. Had a huge meal once bike was stowed in motel and I was washed up. A fun challenging day and definitely the direction to take this route.

Posted: Sept. 12, 2012, 5:17 a.m.

Tuesday 11 Sep 2012 14:42

Woohoo. Highway 174, rolling hills, gradual climb 1300ft but then 2000ft descent to the dam. Much fun. 174 was closed from there because of the fire. But my road, 155 was gtg.

Posted: Sept. 11, 2012, 9:42 p.m.

Tuesday 11 Sep 2012 11:19

Adios #2.turning N-NW and riding 174 to Grand Coulee dam and beyond.

Posted: Sept. 11, 2012, 6:19 p.m.

Tuesday 11 Sep 2012 10:19

In 1.25 hrs I've done half of yesterday's entire distance!

Posted: Sept. 11, 2012, 5:19 p.m.

Monday 10 Sep 2012 19:55

So....wind aside, this is beautiful country. It rolling farmland as far as you can see in all directions. The road (#2) has a clean 10ft wide shoulder most all the way at least as far as I've gotten so far. Traffic is moderate and respectful. Oh what fun it would be with a tailwind. However...can't always have the wind at my back I guess. I got into davenport about 3:30. A friendly little town with 2 motels and a subway. Decided to eat something and make use of subways free wifi. The next town with motels was Wilber. About 50kms. It had taken me until 3:30 to do 60kms. Figured if I was going to tackle 50 more I better be sure a motel awaited me. Good thing I called. 2 motels, both full tonight with fire fighters. So.. That sealed the deal. I was staying put! Checked in at 4:30 By then what had started out as a brown haze in the horizon was all around me. Smoke from one or more of the many fires burning in the pacific northwest. Big one in Yakima, another in Wenatchee and another near coulee dam. As well as about 100 others so they say. I spotted many helicopters buzzing back and forth. Fire risk is extreme. Hasn't rained in a real long time. Hoping I can get north of it all tomorrow. And hoping the wind keeps coming from the south or just dies altogether.

Posted: Sept. 11, 2012, 2:55 a.m.

Monday 10 Sep 2012 13:53

Chris, if youre reading this.. You should really add some fun waypoint icons. "Fkn wind"would be a good one. As far as plans go, this one seemed perfect. Do a relaxing 145k to Spokane. Get in early. Eat big. Rest up. Get up early and try for Wenatchee or perhaps even Leavenworth. Somewhere in the 250-300kms range. I'd been checking spokanes weather for days and it seemed all was golden. But yesterday's last 80k turned out to be a constant push into the wind that took nearly 6 hours and left me knackered. Still, I had hopes that if it was going to be windy today, it wouldn't be until afternoon. So I was a bit surprised to wake up to 30 kph SW winds. It's 1pm and I've made it 39kms!! I actually got hit by a tumbling tumble weed. Well, it wasn't tumbling, it was airborne. FYI.. They're pokey. I've been using the whole width of the shoulder trying to keep the bike going west. I stopped to get a picture of this real-estate sign that was a great indicator of the wind force. It was keeled right over but flapping around like crazy in the buffeting wind. Then I thought a short video would be even better. So I switched over to vid mode, while still straddling my bike, applying the hand break and trying to stay upright. I reversed iPod camera direction and held it out at arms length(the standard in much of today's photos:) and hit play. But I couldn't seem to find the sign in the screen. It was gone! I could see it tumbling across the field far off. Anyway.. I'm hiding now. (another good waypoint icon). Out of the wind, behind a boarded up weigh station just west of Reardan. I'm thinking a change of destination and even direction is immanent. Perhaps I'll go see the grand coulee dam. Or perhaps Davenport will be my port on a storm.

Posted: Sept. 10, 2012, 8:53 p.m.

Sunday 9 Sep 2012 19:14

Punched right through Spokane. Bunking at the motel6 on the west side of town. Poised for a quick escape in the am. 143kms, 3000ft gain, 1000,000 cubic meters of displaced headwind:) knackered. Saw a dead moose(road kill) amongst a bunch of car bits today. Hope they were wearing seatbelts. Looked like a bad collision. Note to self.. Could've easily made priest river or even Newport last night.

Posted: Sept. 10, 2012, 2:14 a.m.

Sunday 9 Sep 2012 13:47

Hello Washington! What's wrong with this picture??? Cyclists will probably notice right away. It's a darn headwind

Posted: Sept. 9, 2012, 8:47 p.m.

Sunday 9 Sep 2012 9:51

Followed brand new bike path out of sandpoint 8km to Dover. Then a short portage across the traintrax put me back on #2. There's the feel and smell of just missed showers in the air.

Posted: Sept. 9, 2012, 4:51 p.m.

Saturday 8 Sep 2012 21:44

Sandpoint. 150km, 3000ft gain. Another fun day on the road. Rolled into town around 6pm. First hotel I saw had a big sign up saying "welcome soccer teams". I thought to myself.... Oh oh! I'd seen on google maps that sandpoint had lots of motels so I didn't bother reserving ahead of time. My first night not doing so. Anyway, I eventually found a room. Had to settle for a smoking room at the quality inn. Normally to rich for my blood and stinky for my nose. But hey... Beats sleeping under a tree or riding until 10pm. An adjoining restaurant was packed with soccer kids and parents. So I room serviced. All they charge extra for that was the 15% gratuity. Ida paid that anyway. What you see there in the pic cost me $13 plus the 15%. So $15. Not too shabby huh!

Posted: Sept. 9, 2012, 4:44 a.m.

Saturday 8 Sep 2012 14:47

I'm back in Bonners Ferry again. Have completed that loop. Now dropping towards Spokane. But first..,. Ssssip-ahhhhhh.. Starbucks is a sign I'm back in civilized country. Don't get me wrong, perhaps the best latte I've ever had, I had just the other day in kalispell...
http://www.coltercoffee.com/ Man they brew a mean bean:)

Posted: Sept. 8, 2012, 9:47 p.m.

Saturday 8 Sep 2012 13:20

Woohoo... I'm back in pacific standard time:)

Posted: Sept. 8, 2012, 7:20 p.m.

Saturday 8 Sep 2012 10:31

Just a bit of a hazard. Not really installed with bicycles in mind. BTW... I set my wheel there. I didn't accidentally drop into it:)

Posted: Sept. 8, 2012, 4:31 p.m.

Saturday 8 Sep 2012 0:11

Libby, 165kms, 3000ft gain. Lots of sunshine, little wind. A fun ride.

Posted: Sept. 8, 2012, 6:11 a.m.

Friday 7 Sep 2012 16:58

After the first 20k on the rails to trail trail. I climbed to about 4000ft along #2 and took (Mckillop creek rd) a detour that Mark from Wheatons cycle shop suggested. It was an exit I'd never even look twice at if he hadn't mentioned it. A route that dropped to 2300 ft over 40k. Almost no traffic at all. It meandered along fisher river and eventually put me on #37 into Libby.

Posted: Sept. 7, 2012, 10:58 p.m.

Friday 7 Sep 2012 11:06

Even tho #2 west of kalispell isnt a busy road, there is a wonderful paved trail ( the great northern historical trail) paralleling the highway. It's part of the rails to trails system. A real pleasure to ride. As clean and smooth as the highway. Moreso than the shoulder. I've been on it 20kms so far. Probably peters out long before Libby but I'm Lovin it while it lasts.

Posted: Sept. 7, 2012, 5:06 p.m.

Thursday 6 Sep 2012 0:17

2 days off the bike now. Chillin in kalispell. Getting restless. Dad showed up today though so we wandered the city a bit. Went to the movies. Tomorrow we head for glacier national park. Yesterday I discovered Wheatons. http://www.wheatonscycle.com/ It's a bike shop that's been around since 1918. Selling mostly trek bikes these days. Other stuff too though. They even had Brooks saddles. Great shop. Real friendly staff and awesome service. I took my rear wheel in today. A few loose, noisy blade spokes were giving me grief. Mark tightened them, trued the wheel, tightened the hub and gave me info on a detour he suggested I take en route to Libby when I make my escape from Kalispell. I got all that for 5bucks:) Anyway, if you're passing through Kalispell, it's worth your time to drop by and check it out.

Posted: Sept. 6, 2012, 6:17 a.m.

Monday 3 Sep 2012 20:41

Day 4, Kalispell, 120k. Total so far 590k. About 2500ft gain today. Yesterday was 3600, Saturday 5000 and Friday about 7000ft. It was another fantastic days ride. Quite amazing to me how we've managed to come all this way, through all this mountainous territory, and not have one real pass to climb over. After we rounded the top of the lake and crossed over flathead river near Somers, we came to the intersection where 82 meets 93. At that point we discovered a paved bike path that led all the rest of the way to kalispell. Motel6 was right where google said it would be. A good mexican restaurant right next door served dos Equis on tap:) afterwards we walked around a bit. Explored some of the town. Ken is rolling on tomorrow but I'm here for a spell. I've lots of time to get to know the area better.

Posted: Sept. 4, 2012, 2:41 a.m.

Monday 3 Sep 2012 15:25

Posted: Sept. 3, 2012, 9:25 p.m.

Monday 3 Sep 2012 13:12

At polson we had a choice. Which side of flathead lake to ride around. Chose the east side as it looked to be the least traveled, most shaded, and slightly shorter, flatter choice. It was a good choice. Very scenic, very fast.

Posted: Sept. 3, 2012, 7:12 p.m.

Sunday 2 Sep 2012 18:43

At 2900ft elevation and just to the east of the National Bison Range in Montana on highway 93 between Missoula and Kalispell sits the small town of Saint Ignatius. It's not a spot you'd probably stop at if you were zipping along in your SUV at 100mph but for us, its the perfect spot to spend the night. It was an easy 70 miles from Thompson falls, and what looks like probably an easy 80 miles to Kalispell (tomorrows destination). Mountains are visible 360 degrees. Most impressive are the mountains of glacier national park. A cool breeze blows and feels reviving after the hot day on the road. Though early this morning it was a mere 7 degrees C. The sunset motel at first site appears a tad run down but the room we have is clean and inviting, The wifi signal is strong and the price is acceptable.

Posted: Sept. 3, 2012, 12:43 a.m.

Sunday 2 Sep 2012 15:32

Pretty sweet ride to the junction. Couple stops en route for hydration and snacks. We are stopped here at Ravolli mt for a late lunch. Then we turn north and climb our first real climb of the day. An easy 600ft. We will overnight in Saint Ignatius.

Posted: Sept. 2, 2012, 9:32 p.m.

Saturday 1 Sep 2012 23:35

Bonners to Thompson falls 170kms and 5000ft elevation gain. 8am pacific- 7:30pm mtn. Highly recommend highway 200. It's gently rising corridor through the mountains (west to east). Follows the train tracks and the river. Very scenic. Lots of tiny towns. Good road. Little shy on shoulder but not much traffic. Had a hearty meal at the Thompson grill. Caught up on line with the falls motels powerful wifi. A perfect day.

Posted: Sept. 2, 2012, 5:35 a.m.

Saturday 1 Sep 2012 15:44

Crossed into Montana. Now in mountain time zone. Feeling energetic and really enjoying the days ride. Scenery is terrific. Lost the headwind when we got on highway 200 east:)

Posted: Sept. 1, 2012, 9:44 p.m.

Saturday 1 Sep 2012 11:42

Quick lunch in sandpoint. Good headwind all the way here. Good road.

Posted: Sept. 1, 2012, 6:42 p.m.

Friday 31 Aug 2012 21:49

We rolled into bonners ferry about 8pm. A long first day. Just shy of 180k . Pooped. A fun day though. We followed the kokanee lake north of Nelson to belfour, crossed it, then rode south alongside it for about 80 hilly kms, through Creston, to the border and another 50 k to bonners. Met Andrew and liane, had a great mex dinner and turned in for the eve about 9:30. Idaho north was all farmland. The fresh smell of hay, the sun setting behind the mtns to the west. Warm evening breeze. Legs are sore. Eyes heavy, heart happy:)

Posted: Sept. 1, 2012, 4:49 a.m.

Friday 31 Aug 2012 17:28

Border crossing into the good ol US was quick and painless. Hello Idaho.

Posted: Sept. 1, 2012, 12:28 a.m.

Friday 31 Aug 2012 11:38

Posted: Aug. 31, 2012, 6:38 p.m.

Friday 31 Aug 2012 8:36

All went according to plan. Left vancouver early, picked ken up in hedley, road trip to nelson, off to choose a puppy(chocolate lab). Dinner with the fam. A good nights sleep. Coffee, load up the truck, check bike tire pressure, say bye to everyone, point the bike down the driveway.... Alrighty then. 8:30am. First pedal stroke. Woohoo.

Posted: Aug. 31, 2012, 3:36 p.m.

Wednesday 29 Aug 2012 12:55

As usual, time compresses as the hour to head for the ferry gets closer. There was so much to wrap up, and organize. All behind me now though. Got to the ferry plenty early to be sure not to miss it. It's runnin 40 minutes late though. Even mid day, mid week, the earlier ferry was overloaded and about 100 vehicles were left behind. So, a dash into surrey to pick up my new passport. A bit of shopping. Dinner in van with Julian and Nisha, then an early start in the morning. Drive to Nelson, picking Ken up in Hedley en route. Friday morning the ride begins:)

Posted: Aug. 29, 2012, 7:55 p.m.

Globebent2012

User: globebent
Dates: 29 Aug 2012 - 14 Sep 2012
Duration: 2 weeks, 2 days

Summers been a blurred mix of work and fun activities. Beach time, bbqs, zip line, tough mudder, short bike rides, kayaking etc. I've been longing to get out on a long ride for months.
A plan has been brewing to get away on a tour. It's picking up momentum now and after shaping and reshaping itself many times over, is set to begin August 31st.
There has been much to coordinate and I'm pretty happy with how it's all turning out.
I'll be wrapping up a couple roofing contracts at the eleventh hr, loading bike into truck, hitting Vancouver to pick up new passport and Julian, driving to Hedley to pick up Ken, then driving to Nelson.
Julian will be using my truck and helping Jessica move back to the coast. Ken and I will begin our ride.
Paul and Siobhan may join us from Nelson, north to Balfour, across the lake, and south to Creston.
That detail is still unconfirmed but I hope they can make it.
In Creston we will hook up with Andrew and Liane. The 4 of us will ride on into Idaho and finish up the day in Bonners Ferry. From there, we part ways, they'll be looping back to Creston while ken and I head east into Montana. We will end up in Kalispell. Ken riding on to Calgary, while I will be meeting my Dad (who will drive to Kalispell from Sask.) and touring Glacier National Park. After that, I'll drop south towards Missoula, then west to Leavenworth Washington, north to Osoyoos BC and home.
The whole trip will be just over 2000k and last about 2weeks.
The link will show you my route.
Blue line out, red line back.
http://goo.gl/maps/qAwH8

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Chris, this is such an awesome app. A great travel companion. When I did the RTW I only had my iPad so wasn't able to use TMT on the fly. This last short tour I had my iPhone with me though. Really enjoyed using the app. And have finally gotten round to following a few other cyclists who use TMT. Now that my 3 yr contract is up with telus I can plan to take the iPhone with me. Looking into either a solar charger or a dyno hub to round it off with.

Hah.. I have some new waypoints coming in the next release, but nothing like that!

Haha. Hey Chris. What's shakin.

Haha. Hey Chris. What's shakin.

Haha. Hey Chris. What's shakin.

Great to see you back on the bike and TrackMyTour!