Day 54: Rock Creek, BC to Okanagan Falls, BC (106 km)
Day 55: Rest Day in Okanagan Falls, BC (0 km)
Day 54 began with a climb up Anarchist Mountain. I heard that the mountain got its name from an anarchist who used to live on top of it. I had a pretty good time riding up since there wasn’t much traffic on the highway, and I was able to listen to music without it constantly being drowned out by passing trucks. A good soundtrack always helps with the motivation to keep going upward, and when I’m too out of breath to sing along I know it’s time to take a break. Along the way I passed another biker who commented on my “lots of energy!”
A classic view of Osoyoos from 10 km up Anarchist Mountain
After reaching the top I started descending down a series of steep hairpin turns toward Osoyoos. Strangely enough, I found that the safest way to make my way down was to go as fast as possible. The road shoulders were cracked and sometimes non-existent, so if I kept my speed up I could ride on the smoother road surface without getting in the way of traffic. I had lunch amongst the swarms of tourists on a summer weekend in Osoyoos. I’d been considering staying a night here, but wasn’t able to find any available accommodation. It seemed like a really nice town, but would be more enjoyable during a less busy time.
I continued up the Okanagan valley, passing by numerous orchards, vineyards, and fields. The heavy scents of the various crops filled the air, almost as if I was inhaling fruit. I especially liked the plum trees, which I’ve never seen before. Several hours of riding through the scorching afternoon (cooled off by a slurpee purchased in Oliver) took me to my aunt and uncle’s place in Okanagan Falls.
Plum Trees! (Click to zoom — see the actual plums and play “spot the animal”)
I’d been curious about how much my baggage weighs, so with access to a scale for the first time, we weighed my bags: 55 pounds. Later on I secretly weighed myself and was surprised to find that I’d only lost a couple of pounds. So despite what I mentioned yesterday about fat loss, it looks like I’ve made up most of that weight loss with muscle gain. During my stay, Aunt Gretchen fed me many healthy, delicious, and large-portioned meals so looks like I’ll be able to continue maintaining a healthy weight.
I took the next day off to rest up and wait for my uncle to return from a “star party”. In the morning my aunt gave me a tour of the local area, including the town of Penticton and some interestingly coloured layered lakes. But I spent most of the day indoors enjoying the air conditioning and catching up on some Internet browsing.