The ride to Irvine was pretty uneventful. The roads were good and I had a tail wind the entire way. I took a detour into Medicine Hat to grab lunch since I figured it might be the last city for a bit that would serve something other than redneck cuisine. Back on the road to Irvine went alright, but in Irvine was an odd adventure.

The ride to Taber went pretty well. The roads were wet from the previous day and even though it looked like I was going to get trapped in another storm, it never ended up happening. The crappy weather and rough roads the previous days did some damage to my trailer wheel bearings. I ended up stopping in at a shop in Lethbridge where they kindly gave me a stand to use and let me fix everything up. By the time I got out of the shop it was getting late and the weather was starting to look pretty crappy. I made it into Taber around 6:15 and found a camp spot just outside of town.

I knew I was going to get rained on at some point today. I was also warned about the wind in Sparwood. Thankfully the wind never got too strong but the rain more than made up for it. The climb to the top of Crowsnest Pass wasn't particularly challenging. By the time I reached the top the temperature had dropped to 13* and the rain started pouring down.

It feels like I might be starting to break into this ride now. After a good meal for breakfast, lunch, and dinner I finally have energy left at the end of the day. It also really helps that I had the fortune of getting in touch with some old acquaintances from Nelson who are very generously letting me stay at their house tonight, fed me, and have been exceptionally giving. Thanks Mike and Madi.

Today was another challenging day. There is definitely more climbing than descending from Creston to Cranbrook. Instead of dealing with blazing heat today I dealt with almost 80km of off and on rain, headwind, and truck drivers that seemed to want to run me over.

Today was not exactly an easy start to my trip. I didn't get everything packed the night before like I wanted to so this morning I was in a panic to figure out how to get everything into my trailer. I definitely have way too much crammed into it right now since I'm pretty sure everything inside is about 60lbs.

A while back I did a quick website for the Nelson Cycling Club to be able to post upcoming events and general club information on. The site was a pretty quick build with Drupal with just a few basic static pages and a home page that filters and sorts upcoming events in order of which one is happening soonest. Once an event has passed it automatically gets bumped to the 'past events' page. 

It was a fairly simple site to set up and allows a few of the members of the club's board of directors to post events easily. 

Fletcher Falls is about 10km from downtown Kaslo. It is another cool spot to camp since it is only suitable for tenting and has no services which makes it far more quiet than the vehicle accessible campsites in the area. The trail to get down to the site is also pretty mellow and I was able to ride my cyclocross bike with my BOB trailer down from the highway with no problem. Kamala and I have camped here twice in the last few weeks and I'm sure we'll be back again.