A day late, but here is the tale of the second last major mountain pass. An hour and a half or so to the base of it by Christina Lake and then two long hours slogging up it. The reward: nigh on 30km of uninterrupted downhill. That about does it for the tale.
We saw a bumblebee. Hillary sprinted and dropped it like a stone.
The summit came about 5km after the worst of the climb was over, an extended period of 8% grades. From there we rolled around the highlands and saw some spectacular high mountain valleys and peaks. I'm currently unsure if this was the highest summit of the trip at just over 1500m. Vermilion pass in the Kootenay National Park may be slightly higher.
The shorter day was much appreciated by all I think and the rest day was fairly uneventful. Uneventful aside from my bike computer going through the washing machine and discovering a gash in my front tire after descending down into Castlegar with a personal Road Bike Record of 76km/h.
And the daily stats:
102km 4:54:00 ride time 20.8km/h average speed
651km 30:06:00 total ride time 21.6km/h average speed
Stop location: Castlegar
Lat 49.30063N Lon 117.65315W Altitude: 464m