Today’s ride started about 9:00 and would be all uphill to Cabin Pass. Making that climb I realized that I rode too hard and too long the previous day. I was simply lacking energy. After going over the pass it was a decent downhill run to the next campsite I choose on the map. The ride down the back side of the pass provided some amazing scenery, but it’s hard to enjoy when 99% of my attention is focused on finding the best line to ride around huge potholes and boulders, to remain upright on the bike and not going headfirst over the bars.
I’ve come to dislike ending a day with so much daylight remaining, but today I needed some time to recoup. According to the info from the map and guidebook, it’s not a pretty picture of what is in store for tomorrow, the climb to Galton pass will likely be my toughest one yet. If all goes well I should be crossing the border into Montana tomorrow as well.
With the rough trail and so much bouncing around, I lost one of my camp shoes that were strapped to the side of my bag. Also lost my bear spray. Not sad to see the shoe go, they were too heavy and a pain in the ass. Just feel really bad about inadvertently littering the Canadian countryside. As for the bear spray… I am not going to sleep well tonight! First order of business In the next town, buying a replacement can.