After being rained out the previous day (except for Josh “Pure Tube” Moore who managed a loop in the wet), we were all looking for a good ride in Vancouver. The plan was to move early in the day and ride Mt. Fromme in North Vancouver in the afternoon. Plans changed quickly when we turned on the news to find that a massive landslide with boulders the size of Airstream trailers had closed the main artery from Vancouver to Squamish—the Sea to Sky Highway. Estimates were running days for the slide to be removed and our time was up at Dryden Creek so we had to go to Vancouver the back way.
“The back way” involved going north through Pemberton and heading across the spectacularly scenic mountain passes and passing Duffy Lake into the Fraser River Valley and Lillooet. At lunch in Pemberton, we had much discussion about spiking Main Vein again, perhaps as a quick shuttle, but in the end the group chose to keep the caravan rolling to Vancouver. From Lillooet, we head through Hope and Chilliwack to Vancouver. Chilliwack was our favorite place name of the trip; we somehow passed on buying the “I wacked my Chili in Chilliwack” T-shirts. We arrived in Vancouver around 10 pm with dry weather. Looks we missed a good riding day, but we had to do what we had to do.