Tuesday, September 8, 2009

The long and the short (weekend) of it.

This weekend was 3 days long. A long weekend. As I am self employed and Lina is about to be a student again, we did things our own way and made it back into a short weekend. There was some logic to this I promise.

On Friday afternoon we made the long drive to Rossland, the home of the Seven Summits trail. We camped in a handy provincial park just outside Rossland, then in the morning moved to the slightly strange (but very nice) Lions Club campground in Rossland. We planned to do the point-to-point ride human-powered by riding up the highway to the north end of the trail, then making a loop out of it back to Rossland. On the map we spotted the Plewman Trail, that took us up to the Seven Summits with much less highway riding than gong all the way to the usual start. We only missed a few km of Seven Summits and thought it would be worth investigating. The Plewman Trail was tough going... some good technical climbing (on the bike) and some pushing/carrying/sweating. We made it up to the ridge and straight away got a fantastic descent.

The sky was ominous, but the trail was dusty and we had a great ride. There were no other riders! I think everyone was saving themselves for the Fat Tire Fest poker ride on Sunday.

This is the only good photo I took all weekend.

After the long and fast descent down to Dewdney trail to the highway, we slogged our way back to Rossland in time for a quick tour of town, a bit of impromptu clothes shopping, then curry-in-a-bag and wine for dinner. YUM.

Sunday was wet. We had a fantastic breakfast in Rossland, then got the heck out of there. The drive home was made a lot more fun by stopping for a swim in Christina Lake, and a run around Lightning Lakes in Manning Park. Apart from spending a little too much time in the car... a great , short, long weekend.