I took the ferry across Arrow Lake and arrived at the other side in about half an hour. The crossing was free. When I got to the other side, I was dismayed to see that I would have to climb a 12 per cent grade! There was water running down the pavement an inch deep, it was like riding up a waterfall. After about half a klick the grade leveled out, and though I had to stay in granny gear, the riding wasn't too bad until some nut pulling a trailer passed a long line of cars going about 100. He was coming right at me in my lane, pushing a typhoon of road slush ahead of him. I barely had time to hit the ditch.
It was a hard, hilly, cold and rainy day and I was in a dark funk. I finally reached Nakusp around 1:00 and checked into the municipal campground. A hot shower never felt so good! I went to the store and bought a big bag of groceries and ate and ate until I could hold no more, then I ate some more. I consumed half a dozen apple strudels!
This morning dawned sunny with high overcast, and I started out in high spirits. It was a beautiful ride on rolling hills and I stopped often to snap pictures. My destination for the day was Silverton, a short 30 mile jaunt. I stopped to check my progress on my smart phone's map and discovered that I'd ridden 20 miles on the wrong branch of highway 6. I turned around and hurried back to Naksup, arriving around 1:15. I treated myself to lunch at a drive-in called The Burger Shack and met a local cyclist who filled me in on the route ahead.
I toyed with the idea of camping again at Naksup, but instead headed south on the correct road this time and camped at Box Lake, about 10 miles farther on. This puts me a day behind schedule, but that's how it goes!
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