On Thursday, June 4, Bryan left the Grands Forks area, arriving almost 200km later at a resort cabin north of Nelson, BC. His total is now 773 km but this last leg was not without some trouble. His bike derailler needed some attention not long after he had left the campground area that morning. However, the owner of that campground soon came along and offered him a ride into Castlegar to make repairs, about 30km along.
That didn't stop Bryan for long though. On some very good advice, he took a route that led him to the Kootenay Lake ferry, the longest free ferry in BC, on a very large vessel. A 30 minute crossing, it was an amazing crossing with great scenery. He often mentions the scenic views and the low levels of traffic. That will change when he hits the Trans-Canada!
Another bit of trouble Thursday, was when he discovered that he had left his helmet somewhere along the way. Again, however, a fellow who had stopped to talk to him at a lookout spot noticed this and offered to give him a whitewater rafting helmet. It's a very good one though it is warmer than a bike helmet. Got to protect the melon!
More generosity offered when Bryan stopped for the night. The resort owner gave Bryan a reduced rate on a full-sized cabin but also warmed up a huge lasagna topped off with dessert to feed him. So many people had been so good to Bryan all day, including a guy who chatted over a free beer.
Bryan hopes to get half of the way to Fernie on Friday if all goes well.