Posted by: Silver | March 31, 2011

Salmon Arm to Armstrong

Distance: 42 km
Ascent: 519 m
Cycling time: 3 hours, 17 minutes

I think I may have said this before, but it’s probably universally true that a recumbent trike will never be the fastest thing up a hill. With the low gears and comfy seat, hills aren’t a problem per se, but you do have to accept that you’re probably not going to get anywhere particularly fast. However, even if you know this, and even if the hill is really steep, and even if you’re dragging 45lb of gear behind you, and even if you’ve already cycled forty fairly hilly kilometres by that point – even if all this is true, I’m sorry, but it’s still just plain embarrassing to get overtaken by a jogger…

Other than this assault on my pride, however, my journey was another pleasant and uneventful one, through rolling farmland nestled in forested mountains. Spallumcheen, the area that surrounds the town of Armstrong like a donut, is proudly agricultural, and one look at the beautifully black loam – visible now that the snows have pretty much all gone – is all you need to understand why. Unfortunately, this prime bottom land was also the easiest place to put the railroad tracks at the turn of the 20th century, and so the town (formerly further up the hill) moved down to where the action was, eating up much valuable farming land in the process – to the regret of more than one current resident.

Armstrong is, however, undeniably a nice little town, although my personal opinion is possibly biased by the fact that its facilities include a speciality chocolate shop… 😉

The weather gods seem to have been on my side again: these were the skies all round me...

... but my way remained dry and sunny 🙂

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Responses

  1. Never mind all the cycling – what’s Canadian speciality chocolate like? 😉

    Gros bisous
    xxx
    A.

    • The shop is run by a couple of Swiss immigrants, so the chocolate is goooooood!! 😉

  2. IS IT POSSIBLE TO HAVE A PHOTO OF THESE CUTE LITTLE TOWNS AND VILLAGES??? WOULD LOVE TO SEE SOME! JUST REMEMBER ” THE JOGGERS ARE NOT JOGGING ACROSS THE WHOLE COUNTRY ‘!!!!! TURTLES ALWAYS WINS IN THE LONG RUN!

    • Unfortunately, it isn’t always possible to get a good vantage point to capture the look of the towns themselves, but I’ll do my best!

  3. If it’s any comfort, getting jogged past is not quite the worst thing – I once WALKED past a cyclist…I was much younger then, and normally walked quite fast, and the cyclist (bicycle not trike) was very, very old, going up one of the few steep hills in Cambridge (Carlyle Rd). It was actually quite a feat to cycle so slowly without falling over. I slowed down a bit when I realised what would happen because I felt embarassed, but not enough – hopefully, he didn’t notice


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