We stopped for the night in Kaslo at the Kalso Manor, where the owner is apologetic that she only has a room with one bed but she can bring up another mattress and she's so sorry she can't give us a room with two proper beds and - well, just the nicest person ever. It was an amazing house, simple room with good coffee in it. She recommended a couple of places in town for dinner and we ended up at the Blue Belle Bistro where we enjoyed amazing food on an amazing patio with an amazing beer. Perfect end to my first ever full day of riding.
Day 2 starts VERY early. I'm used to being up at 5 or 6, and in BC I'm an hour behind, so by 4:30 I'm ready to go. I'm happy to get a head start because the first ferry (about 30 minutes down the road) leaves at 6:10. I've been told that this ferry is extremely busy, so catching the early one ensures we don't end up waiting up to an hour.
The ride from Kaslo to Balfour was more of the beautiful twisty goodness. I did have one moment where I scared myself catching a big rock under my back tire going around a big right hander, but that was the only really startling moment in the entire 1200 km, so... pretty good. We see a fox and a couple of deer who are active since it's so early, but no close calls. Again, just a wonderful bit of road. We get on the ferry easily and ride the Osprey 2000 across Lake Kootenay.
More wonderful twisty roads all the way down to Creston. The ride from Creston to Nakusp is absolutely perfect. Even on a long weekend Saturday there was minimal traffic. We stop for lunch in Cranbrook and by now I'm feeling the previous 800 km on my back and legs. The Crowsnest Hwy is pretty enough, but after riding the 23, 31A and 3A between Revelstoke and Creston nothing quite compares...
We hit bad traffic between Coleman and Frank. Oh and if you're wondering why I haven't mentioned the weather yet it's because it'd been absolutely perfect (sunshine and 25C-30C) up to this point. Back in Alberta there's lots of wind, threatening clouds and lighting off in the distance. Luckily we managed to get back to Calgary hitting only a few raindrops.
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