I leave Ross Lake at 7 AM. It is still dark and cold. The boat, now piloted by one of the owners of the resort, leaves me off on the opposite shore. Now begins the long day of climbs. First up a dirt, rock strewn, steep trail. Still carrying a heavy backpack once again I am motivated, or am I unhappy?
The road, Highway 20, winds up and up all day. This romantic narrow road was built in the mid 1800’s as a wagon road to carry prospectors and their supplies over the high mountain passes and into the gold fields of British Columbia. Today, city folks form Seattle and Spokane use it as a week-end driving adventure. Lucky for them they do not have to walk!
It is chilly again when I end my walking day at 5 PM. I am just 33 miles from Winthrop the nearest town. Oh well, I guess I have more coffee to brew.