Well, there hasn’t been a whole lot of bike riding on this spring bike tour. Not since the first week anyway. We were in Lytton for three days, and I know people say this about Wells, too, but that was two days too long! Luckily, the motel was old and our room had two windows which both opened. This allowed for a regular cross-breeze to clean out all the smelly smells Tim was producing. Tim’s health slowly improved, but his ability to eat was severely compromised. For a guy that uses about 3000 calories just getting out of bed in the morning, this is a bit of a problem.
Finally, Tim decreed he was ready to tackle the big 37 km trip to Spence’s Bridge. We had a glorious tailwind and a bright sunny day. Is there any other kind of day down here in the grasslands? We were also super lucky with some road construction: as some of you know, this is a windy section of a busy highway that travels along the Thompson River. We had the traffic stalled behind us for most of the dodgy bits – it was fantastic!
The Inn at Spence’s Bridge is a 1860’s gold rush era hotel that is about to get a whole lot of TLC. The new owners Dorothy and Mike have been there since April 1, and they don’t seem daunted at all about the sheer immensity of the retirement project that they have taken on! Currently the Inn is getting a new roof, but it is business as usual: rooms are available and the hosts are gracious. We were in Spence’s Bridge for two days. Luckily, the Inn has a LARGE collection of books, and the village has a fantastic restaurant called The Packing House. Tim was still suffering quite a bit, so I was happy to avail myself of the good food and good reading opportunities.
Once we decided that Tim wasn’t going anywhere under his own steam, we called in the troops. Our friend Helene from Oliver came to pick us up and we have been steadily working our way through her toilet paper stash ever since. Yes, we. It seems my guts of steel are showing a bit of weakness as well, though I haven’t (yet) been hit nearly as hard as Tim was.
Tim has been tested (suspected giardia) and medicated and probiotic-ed and is nearly 100%. We are set to re-embark on our journey tomorrow, though it is going to be tough to leave the great company and fantastic digs chez Helene. Today is cleaning day, and a day to test out my new shoes. Ugly, yes, but they fit! Finding bike shoes to fit my wide flippers is no mean feat.
And so tomorrow it is back on the road. The forecast temperature is 30 degrees. Unbelievable for April. We are heading towards Grand Forks. Oh yeah, and we bought a steri-pen yesterday, so we will be filtering AND UV-treating our water from now on.