First thing on the list to accomplish was riding a bunch of gravel roads that are near a lot of the rides we do anyway (particularly on the annual Lillooet trip.) I see a lot of these roads while we are out on our training rides, and I’ve ridden bits and pieces of them. It seemed like a good challenge to string these pieces into a route and do the whole thing in one shot.
The second was to try out some gear I've been meaning to check out for a while. Notably, I was looing forward to riding the Salsa Warbird on more gravel, loaded with camping gear on the new Compass 38 extra light tires. Forgoing the stove and other comforts I ended up with a fairly compact setup.
|Bivy, Sleeping bag, pad, tools and spare bits, some extra clothes, snaaaacks|
Day 1 was a typical route out of town. A couple of required stops, including finally making it into Wentings in Mission to use up a gift certificate from a race around 4 years ago.
|favourite water stop|
|used to be the dogwood..|
And finally, dinner at Fat Jack's and sleep at The Mighty Fraser
The second day was to be a bit more ambitious. The original goal was to ride the west side of the Fraser, but early morning showers in Boston Bar and getting to the ferry in Lytton during a 1.5 hour coffee break put a stop to that.
The day ended up being hard enough without that extra gravel. I continued passed Lillooet toward Carpenter Lake (one of the standard mighty training camp rides), intent on climbing and descending Mission Pass to Seton Portage.
|carpenter lake dam|
|bc hydro infrastructure|
And, of course, when you're in the area.
|cayoosh pass, aka the duffy|