July 31, 2013…Hope BC, Canada

It has been 13 days since we arrived in Vancouver, and feels like a month!

Finally, today we are back on the bikes and heading North towards Alaska.  It has surprisingly been 5 months since the accident on the Oonandatta Track in Coober Pedy, Australia that left me with both arms in casts.  I must admit that I have been experiencing an apprehensive nervous excitement about our next leg.  My arms twinge oddly from time to time, and I have to work at not letting my mind buy into it!  Deep down I know that I will be fine…that once I am rolling down the road, smelling and experiencing the world around me, all will be peachy!  

It was 4pm before we actually started heading out…just one of those days!  The BMW shop finished our bikes around 1pm, then we loaded up our gear, fiddled with the communication system for an hour or so, returned the rental car, fueled up the bikes and decided to go for it.  We really just wanted to get going and get out of the burbs congestion…it can literally drive you batty!

It took about an hour to escape the congestion, then another hour to decompress! I am stoked sporting a huge cheesy grin in my helmet, Hell Yeah, it's happening…we are totally stoked to be back on the road…Woo Hoo!!!  Our route takes us inland towards Kamloops today.  We made an executive decision not to ride the mountain road through Whistler.  Yes it would have been  spectacular but my left thumb is still compromised and I did not want to get into a situation that caused me problems with too much clutch work on our first day back.  

It has already been a long day, so we call it after 2 hours of riding and decide to rest up in a town called Hope….So appropriate!

 

Alaska here we come!  First day back on the bike!  

Alaska here we come!  First day back on the bike! 

  Fraser River,   Hope British Columbia, Canada

 Fraser River, Hope British Columbia, Canada

It will take a week or so to get back into the swing of it.  

It will take a week or so to get back into the swing of it.