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South towards Vancouver

October 21st, 2011

South towards Vancouver from Ken Roberts on Vimeo.

Ken heads south from Whistler towards Vancouver, Capital of Canada’s British Columbia Province. Bit of a wet day…

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Paul and Priscilla

October 21st, 2011

Paul and Priscilla from Ken Roberts on Vimeo.

Ken encounters fellow British cyclist Paul on the road to Whistler, together with his rather unusual four-wheeled steed Priscilla – a "bikecar"! Check out his website at www.going-solo.co.ukobpostlogo

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Pemberton postscript

October 20th, 2011

Removal of the roadside safety barrier, replacing it temporarily with large reflective cones, at least allowed me to see where the highway went. For it was now quite dark, the last vestiges of sunlight faded behind the mountains. My headlight offering little illumination. It was now icy cold, my hands numb. I ignored this, keen to press on to find shelter for the night.

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I’d planned to camp up in the mountains, completing the sixty mile traverse along the Sea-to-Sky Highway from Lillooet to Pemberton early the next morning. But, as dusk approached, I’d struggled to find a suitable spot to pull off the road and pitch my tent. Deciding instead, on the spur of the moment, to use the remaining light to plunge down into the valley below.

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Steep 15% gradients, sharp switch-backs. Penetrating wind-chill, the occasional pocket of warm air offering brief relief. Little traffic, and a decent, dry road. Insane? No. More a fitting end to a tough day, a ten mile descent counterbalancing tortuous climbs at the start.

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Sea-to-Sky Highway – through the mountains

October 20th, 2011

Sea-to-Sky Highway – through the mountains from Ken Roberts on Vimeo.

Ken journeys through the mountains, along the Sea-to-Sky Highway, towards the 2010 Winter Olympics resort of Whistler. Tough day…

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Sea-to-Sky Highway – along the Marble Canyon

October 20th, 2011

Sea-to-Sky Highway – along the Marble Canyon from Ken Roberts on Vimeo.

Ken journeys along the first part of the Sea-to-Sky Highway – Route 99 – towards the 2010 Winter Olympics resort of Whistler

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Sea-to-Sky Highway

October 19th, 2011

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Beyond Clinton, a simple choice. Continue along the Cariboo Highway towards Vancouver. Or follow Route 99 – the Sea-to-Sky Highway. The scenic route. Rated by one UK national paper as the 5th best road trip in the world. Knew it would be tough. Hoped it would be rewarding. Through the mountains and then south to the coast. An irresistible choice.

Stopping for a brief coffee at the historic Hat Creek Ranch, close to the intersection of the Cariboo and Sea-to-Sky Highways, server Pamela summed up the road ahead. Towards Lillooet, my intended stop for the night, hilly. Then on to Pemberton, mountain-ey. I thought her Indian. Gravelly voice. Sure she’d the deep, raucous laugh I’d begun to notice amongst indigenous women.

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