Richard Blair forwarded this message from Peter Mair which is
a nice synopsis of the Interior 600.
Wet Wet Wet
by Peter Mair
Ummmm! where do I begin? Started out okay 5 of us managed to
stick together to the top of Dufferin but spread out a bit towards
Savona, where we encountered the first squall. Randy struggled
up the Kamloops climb and was played sweeper until the rest of
us stopped in the 100 Mile area. Bob B flatted on the Savona
flats, then Kieth flatted on the false flat to Cache Crk, then
I noticed my rear tire going soft just as we were about to leave
the Cache Crk Petro-Can. An extra few minutes were spent mucking
about - with me thinking oh, oh here we go again!
Ken, Kieth, Bob G and I sort of rode together to 100 Mile but
essentially we rode our own pace. Bob B was just behind. Mr.
relentless, Ken B, cruised on at the front and just when it seemed
he'd be gone forever, there he was at a roadside pullout chatting
up a motorist or sorting gear. Luckily the ride for our group
of 4 was dry to Williams lake. We didn't have the strong tailwinds
of last year as the run up to Williams Lk was rather slow. The
construction section near Lac La Hache consisted of 4 kms of
freshly compacted subsurface gravel - this was converted to a
4 km wash-boarded mudbog on the return leg. The sky was blacker
than black to the west ominously closing in and as we trickled
into Williams Lake it began to rain - lets just say pretty hard!
I was not planning on riding straight through, like last year
(good thing too) and I had booked a motel in 100 Mile on the
way up like every one else, except Randy?
Anyway the ride back to 100 Mile was epic. The 4 km of road const.
was pot hole city and a transport truck managed to douse me with
a wall of muddy, gritty water.
A car pulled along side me and a rear window rolled down, a women
poked her head out and asked "Was this a race, or something.....?"
I said something about "No, this was just a fun ride, except
I wasn't having any fun at the moment."
I was soaked to the bone and borderline hypothermic as I wheeled
into the Tim Horton's @ 10:39 p.m. I choked down a bowl of Chili
and realized I had better warm up fast as I was shaking so bad
trying to spoon chili into my mouth. 15 minutes submerged in
a hot bath perked me up and I arranged my sodden clothing over
the motel room baseboards for the 4 hours I planned on spending
before falling into bed.
Up at the crack of 3:50 a.m the sky was heavy overcast, cool
and misting. I had a hot drink in the motel, grabbed a Tims'
Sandwich and headed up the hill thinking I might hook up with
Bob G who had opted for the 94 Mile motel just @ the Hwy 24 intersection.
No Bob, He apparently left probably 1/2 hr or so behind me as
I headed East. Just past Lone Butte the rain began in earnest.
The ride over Mcdonald Summit was the typical slog. The rain
let up a bit but was replaced by thick fog on the descent to
Little Fort. The Rest stop Husky turned out to be a breakfast
treat for me as I had some warm food and drink. Just when I thought
it would be dry the roads became wet with more moisture from
Darfield to Louis Crk. I pushed on as the wet and cold was now
replaced with slight headwinds and I was grinding along at only
a little over 20 km/hr avg.
Finally at Vinsulla (sp?) I stopped, ate and stripped off my
foul weather gear and enjoyed a stiffer afternoon head breeze
down the interminable flat stretches to Kamloops. Just when I
thought we would perhaps get a helping tailwind back to Kokanee
Way the gods grinned unfavourably and offered little respite
for the final 13 km.
I pulled in @ 2:52 p.m., thankful to say the least I was done
in more ways than one! My time was 33:52 for the route in definitely
tougher conditions than last year.
Apparently Randy came in an hour or more before me? This is what
the truckstop attendant told me when I asked him. If Randy did
indeed ride through the night I think he deserves a special award,
because that would have been no picnic. I have to call him and
hear his tale.
So in a nutshell the 400 was hot, hot hot and the 600 was wet,
Cheers for now,
June 14, 2005