Cranbrook to Fernie

We set the alarm for 5:30 a.m. hoping to be on the road by 7-7:30 a.m. only to discover that because of the time change to Mountain Time it was pitch dark at 5:30. We eventually got up around 6:30 and managed to be on the road by 8 a.m. The temperature when we started was 47 degrees F, a bit cold but better for cycling than 107F yesterday. Cool weather and an early start meant we were able to complete the 101 km ride in just over 4 hours. The ride was relatively flat but we still managed to gain around 1,900 of elevation. One thing BC has in common with Ontario is two seasons-winter and road construction. Today we hit a 25 km stretch of road resurfacing. At times, we were riding on scraped asphalt, recently oiled pavement and no shoulder to protect us from the significant transport and vacation traffic. The real bonus was at the end of the day when we arrived at our campsite around 1:30, had lunch, a shower and headed into Fernie to check out the town. Looking at the selection of stores on the main street four cycling two ski and two skateboard stores it looks like an active outdoor community.

Early morning light
Along the route

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