I am meeting the ride at the Roosville border crossing tomorrow. Roosville is close to 700 kms from my home in Kelowna so it was going to take me 8 hours to drive from my house to the meeting place. In order to accomplish this I had to leave a day early and then camp at a crossroads called Elko. It is 37 kms from the border. So in the morning I will get on my bike and ride down to the border.
I should explain a couple of things. This ride is being put on by Bike Dreams and runs from Banff Alberta to Apache Wells New Mexico. They needed a couple of Canadians to work on the Canadian side as they did not have work permits. So I am going to help out for a week. It should be lots of fun seeing a ride from the other side. I will be working until Aug 26. Then I will camp that night and drive home in the morning.
I am not sure how long this is going to take as this is a borrowed mountain bike and it does not have a speedometer. I have never ridden it so it could be fun. On the up side I did install my road bike saddle and a pair of road bike clips. At least the SPD’s will keep me connected to the bike.
The 700 kms drive started out looking like under 7 hours but then after I got about 10 kms out of town there was a sign saying highway 33 was closed due to the forest fire down at Rock Creek. So I had to turn around and go the long way through Golden. It is now 750 kms and there is construction and slow moving motorhomes everywhere. However I made it and got checked into the camp ground.