|Wednesday 14 July 2010
Left Hope at 7.30am heading for Revelstoke or Golden. The road was four lanes and initially was reasonably quiet but after a while the trucks appeared. Although we were travelling at the legal speed limit both cars, utes and trucks passed us. Dave did a very good job with the driving and is getting more used to the feel of the Motorhome and its width on the road. We bypassed Merritt, signposted as the Country Music Capital of Canada and arrived in Kamloops about 10.00am and found a parking lot outside Super City.
Headed off again about mid day heading up Highway 1. The scenes along the way were amazing; passing rivers, lakes and what Dave thought were Beaver Dams. Not long out of Kamloops the road became single lane, which in some ways was easier as you didn't have big trucks looming up alongside you. Jenny couldn't get over how many 5th Wheelers passed on the other side of the road - there would have been at least 20 to 30 and also lots of buses towing cars.
There are a lot of trains in Canada; while at Hope we heard them echoing off the hills behind the camp and today we saw several very long ones - the longest being 2.2 km.
Out of Kamloops we travelled alongside Suswap Lake, which was very pretty and lots of holiday makers were enjoying the water.
We stopped at the Burner Bar, made inside a timber wood burning silo (used to burn offcuts of timber) at Malakwa and purchased some beer and wine. They do not sell alcohol in supermarkets here.
We decided not to stay at Revelstoke and carried on to Golden. The road took us through the Glacier National Park over the Rogers Pass (1330m at the top), a very good road with gradual inclines. We passed through a number of tunnels - we assumed these were for avalanche protection. Even though it is the middle of summer there is a lot of snow on the peaks of the hills. In one case it was nearly down to the road.
We arrived in Golden 6.15pm and fuelled up before finding the Golden Municipal Camp. Very basic but OK. As we pulled into our parking site we saw a Golden Mantled Ground Squirrel - Dave got a nice photo of this. He found out by talking to another camper that there were some Big Horn Sheep over the other side of the Columbia River (camped alongside this river) so he took a stroll and managed to get some photos using the telescopic view on the camera.
A beautiful sunny day, scattered cloud and up the top of the pass even some breeze.
Hope to Golden : 565 Km.