Day 5 – Mission to Sunshine Valley, British Columbia – 105km

I started my day with a mountain of protein—7 eggs, 5
strips of bacon, and a bagel. I also ate some fruit, and then I was ready to
bike.

My heap of protein

I started rather late again—I got on the road by 1. Tomorrow I’m going to
change that (I have a long day planned tomorrow). Our schedule is about 100km
off the schedule of the Cool Communicators who are meeting in the interior 3
days from now. I would love to bike into town on the day of the event. However,
right now, I would have to drive north to Vernon, attend the event, and then
drive back south to bike the distance the next day. I’m trying to get a day
ahead of schedule in the mountains—something that’s very difficult to do. I’ll
be up bright and early tomorrow to eat my breakfast, let it sit for an hour and
a half, and start cycling around 8:30 to 9 AM. I’ll make it to Princeton within
5 hours. There’s a lot of climbing to be done. I reach an elevation of
thirteen-hundred metres tomorrow. I’m somewhere between six and eight-hundred
now. Once I get to Princeton, I’ll grab a Booster Juice, and keep pedaling. I’ll
go to at least Hedley, if not Keremos—then I’ll evaluate how I’m doing for
fatigue and time. If I can manage it, I’ll keep pedaling to Penticton, which
would put my day at 225km, many climbing, some descending. That might be overly
ambitious, but I’ll play it by ear.

Between Mission and Hope, the roads were fairly flat and
straight, as they followed a river valley upstream. Once I reached Hope, my
original destination, I kept pedaling to get ahead, and set myself up to potentially
get further ahead tomorrow. I’m currently in Sunshine Valley, about 25km east
of Hope. After reaching Hope, it was all climbing. Just before I reached the
campground, I noticed that I was above the snow line for the first time in my
trip. There was snow on the ground in the forest below which had not melted yet
because of shade and altitude.

I did have every intention of getting helmet cam photos
today—I set everything up, or so I thought I did. There’s no screen on it to
see the photos it takes. You just turn it on with one button, and press the
shutter button to get it to start taking a photo every 60 seconds. I guess I
didn’t press the shutter button hard enough, and I was so eager to pedal that I
didn’t bother to check for the red light to show that the camera was active. So
that was unfortunate, there was some beautiful terrain. Tomorrow, there will be
some lung-busting climbs, some speed-tuck descents, and some gorgeous scenery—I’ll
get the camera to take some video. AND I’LL BE SURE TO CHECK FOR THE RED LIGHT.

In the last several days, our interviews and stories have
spread far and wide—which is excellent. We had articles in Sun Media papers and
magazines in Vancouver, Calgary, Edmonton, Regina, Winnipeg, Toronto, and
Ottawa today. Many others are also picking the stories up. However, I read an online
article from a Nanaimo newspaper for the first time today, which covered an
interview I did. I was quoted incorrectly on pretty much everything. They got
the general principle correct, but the language used conveyed a different
meaning than the words I used in the interview. For instance, I would never
call me brother “diseased”.  I know that sometimes
the media rephrases, but quotation marks should mean exact words if someone’s
reputation is on the line. Anyways, I’m a little rattled by that, but I suppose
I should get used to it. Stuff like that will happen.

As I experienced today, it feels horrible to be
misrepresented. If a person doesn’t have a way to say what they want to say,
how can they be properly represented? There are many people out there who are
able to communicate if given a way, but instead they regularly have people
assuming and acting on their behalf because no one around them realizes they
can communicate, or they aren’t able to obtain what they need to voice their
thoughts. Everyone deserves to represent themselves.

That’s it for today; I have to catch some sleep for a big
day tomorrow.

-Skye

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4 thoughts on “Day 5 – Mission to Sunshine Valley, British Columbia – 105km

  1. You continue to inspire, touch and educate!! Your blog has quickly become a daily read!! So enjoying hearing your story and the stories of all the lives you encounter on this amazing journey!! Keep up the great work, Skye!

  2. Hi Skye and Gail and gang. You are all deserve a standing ovation (which I am giving you). We are keeping up with you and are all so impressed with your journey which is obviously touching many lives and minds. There is an old Irish expression I’d thought you might enjoy and remember: You can only peel one potatoe at a time. Renée

  3. Your daily entries could be a running geography lesson on this great country! Think about it – “Coast to Coast with Skye Wattie” or a handbook of tips for the high road: “Bikers’ Grub to get you There” including tips on ‘that all day breakfast’, ‘superman snacks’ and ‘dynamic dinners’ with those accompanying yummy pictures. Oh, I can certainly understand Gail’s enthusiasm in being on board with you guys and being a part of the flow of energy!! Kerr, you may have your own thoughts on taking Canada on, coast to coast, by road in an RV. That is a feat in itself that few of us have accomplished! Keep up your spirits guys. Many of us are with you daily on your wonderful journey…and it won’t be over when it acutally is over either. There will be always more to do and say as a result of this journey on behalf of ‘cool communicators’.

  4. Hi there. You are my daily “must-read”. I think my email list must be getting tired of me by now. But you are definitely catching on. Your passion is contagious. My heart is in my throat most days as I read about your adventures. Know that you are not alone. We are in the midst of planning a big event here in York region for June 23rd.
    Wishing you continued energy on your journey,
    Nora.

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