Day 2 - Vancouver to Mission
25 Jun 2006
|DAY 2 VANCOUVER TO MISSION
DISTANCE TRAVELLED 93 km RUNNING TIME 3.87 hrs
AVERAGE SPEED 22 km/hr
DISTANCE PLANNED 90 km TOTAL TIME 5.5 hrs
Sunny hot- high of 27
Started with a group picture on the edge of the UBC campus (pic to follow later). Picture taken in front of Musqueam Totem poles. Musqueam aborignials are one of the many coastal oboriginal tribes that apparently have inhabitaed this area for over 10,000 years. Another totem of a fisher had an apporpriate plaque "Imich Siiyen" (Welcome good people). The coastal aborigianl culture is very strong in the Vancouver (& BC) area.
Another ceremony , when we went past West Beach of Vancouver (close to Jerico Beach & across the harbour from downtown Vancouver)was the dipping of the tires in the Pacific Ocean (pic of me messed up). We followed Marine Drive out of the University - they even had it closed to vehicle traffic ! -actually that was because the Vancouver Marathon was on that route on Sunday mornig.
The ride through Vancouver was uneventful - we follow designated bike route city streets (very few stop signs - they were all on the joining streets). Street signs even idenified the bike route. (see pic).
Heading out of Vancouver we followed highway 7 along the Fraser River. The route we follow is any sign that says east (see pic). We see very healthy & proposerous farms along the fertile Fraser Valley . The first crop of hay has been harvested, corn is well along. To the east we can see the rasing hills & the start of the Coastal Mountains. As we travel east the valley is getting narrower.
Our stop for the night is in Mission - at a trout farm . An excellent supper of trout & rice , salad etc. follows. Mission is a relatively new town, having been established in the late 1800s as a roman Catholic Mission to serice the natives of the upper Fraser Valley.
When we reached camp, it was very hot - high 20s - our driver immediately won over most of us in that she had made a beverage stop during the day and had cold ones on ice when we arrived in the camp...
The camp is an intersting varity of tents - an amazing industry in that there was no dublications in the 20+ tents set up. (see pic)
Forecasts of 30+ for Monday so it is decided to have a 7am start vs 8am in order to beat some of the early afternoon sun.
Now sitting in an internet cafe ( air-condiditoned) in downtown Hope (the chainsaw carving capital of Canada - more on that in tomorrow's log). Will update pics when I can find a hook-up to transfer the photos.