Day 3 is the longest day on the schedule at nearly 185km. It was a spectacular day, moving from the forests of Manning Park through to the desert-like warmth of wine country in Osoyoos.
It started off dry and cool, which was a welcome break from the previous day’s heat. And with relatively fresh legs the first couple of climbs felt good. The roads also seemed a little bit calmer.
Despite being a long day a big chunk of it was downhill. Into a headwind. Which sort of cancels out the downhill bit. And there was still nearly 1,400m of climbing all told.
As the day went on and we rode further inland it got hotter and hotter, hitting a high of 36 Celsius. I was draining both my water bottles nearly every 20km and found myself getting parched even on the descents.
But the view coming into Osoyoos, our lakefront hotel, and the welcoming BBQ put on for us by the local Kinsmen group more than made up for our tired legs.
Everyone piled straight into the lake, shorts on, for a cooling dip. Later, we spent some time listening to the stories of a couple of local residents who have a granddaughter with CF. It was nice to be reminded of why this ride matters and who it’s helping.
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