Wednesday, November 30, 2016

Chilcotin Holidays

Over the Hills, Across the Meadows

A couple of days after my boss's announcement that we are going to Spruce Lake, our group of five was ready to go. Our boss and two others went on horses with two pack horses to carry our gear, tools and personal stuff. Adam (you know, the mountain bike guy from a couple of stories ago) and me, of course, went on a bike. Adam and me went ahead because when it's flat, bikes go faster than walking horses. Before leaving, Adam and me checked Google Maps to get an impression of the length and difficulty of the trip. What did Google say? “Walking not available.” You don't believe me? Google it yourselves. Thank you. But our boss told us not to worry because the ride is only +/- 20km and is almost flat. Easy pedaling he said. Adam and me decided to believe him over Google because he has been living and working in this area his entire life. Did he fool us (like Adam and myself like to believe)? Let's say it's a matter of perspective.

The trail to Spruce Lake is indeed 20km long and you can walk and bike it, but easy pedaling? The first 10km yes, except for that moment when one of the cranks of my bike came of. Luckily, Adam was there to fix it in no time, but the next 10km? Oh, my goodness! After crossing Gun Creek for the second time, we had to go up to the “meadows”. I do not know for you guys, but in my Belgian dictionary meadows are described as being flat. Too bad for us, the Canadian translation tells us the exact opposite. It was steep as hell and it kept on going up and up and up. Instead of mountain biking, Adam and me were mountain hiking, with bikes. It was tough, but beautiful. I intentionally say tough, because in retrospect, it was nothing compared to our trip back home, three days later, but more on that below, in part 3 of this story.

After 6 hours, riding and pushing our bikes over the hills across the meadows, we finally reached Spruce Lake. At the same time, this float plane landed on the lake, dropping of mountain bikers. You could think that we were jealous because those guys didn't had to push their bikes and could now comfortably ride around the Lake. Well, we were not. Adam and me felt satisfaction and pride. The reason? We accomplished something and it was time for a break. So we thought. Our break lasted only 20 minutes. Why? Well, our boss also had arrived, and so it was time to get to work.

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We are a licensed guide outfitter and we conduct guided wilderness adventures throughout our 5,000 square km operating area. This guide area has been operational since 1880, making it the oldest in British Columbia. More about us HERE.

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