After a hearty group breakfast, the second day of our ride started with the daily dedication. Tassia was 12 years old when she was diagnosed with non-Hodgkins lymphoma, a parent’s worse nightmare. She endured numerous rounds of chemotherapy at the Hospital for Sick Children in Toronto, and bravely accepted every challenge that came her way, never losing touch with her new-found companions: hope, strength, courage and determination. She continually exhibited incredible inner strength, perseverance and tenacity in the face of considerable adversity. Sadly, Tassia lost her battle at the tender age of 13. Today we ride for Tassia.
We rolled out of Vernon under sunny skies, making our way up the Okanagan Valley, on a quiet hilly road, past apple orchards and fields of sunflowers. Our morning rest stop was hosted by the Enderby Lion’s Club, who provided us with wonderful home baked goodies and cold drinks, as well as a donation for our ride.
With an RCMP escort to the town limits, our peloton headed north on the busy Highway 1, hugging the shore of beautiful Mara Lake on our way to Sicamous and our lunch stop at the recreation centre. Our delicious meal was prepared by two of our volunteers, who have done a wonderful job of fuelling us to replace the thousands of calories we are burning each day.
The balance of the ride continued up the Trans Canada Highway past towering snow-capped mountains, glacier-fed rivers and pristine lakes.
Our team rode well together today, staying mostly in a tight single pace line formation. There are not many route options in this part of B.C. other than the Trans Canada, so we soldiered slowly up the climbs and quickly down the descents along this busy highway as we made our way to Revelstoke, our final destination for the day.
We showered at the community centre and enjoyed an outdoor dinner buffet overlooking the Columbia River, prepared by our volunteer cooks. Our RV shuttle tonight is to Lake Louise, where our ride will start again in the morning.
It was another memorable NKCR day!