Monday, November 24, 2008

The Orange and Yellow Vest...

"To give anything less is a sacrifice of your gift"
                         -Steve Prefontaine
Hello from Sicamous, B.C., well, almost!  In interior British Columbia, I've survived the first set of mountains and am now headed into the Okanagan Valley!  Today, in Craigellachie, I ran by a road that led to the 'Last Spike' of the Canadian Pacific Railway, which was driven into the ground by railroad financier Donald A. Smith on November 7, 1885.  It amazes me-regardless of the 14 years of obstacles, such as, missed construction deadlines, natural disasters, financial crises, the difficult terrain, the rebellion, and many lives lost, that the greater opportunity envisioned by Sir John A. MacDonald was upheld, carried through and is now a symbol of Canada's national unity.
This morning, I had the opportunity to meet with Revelstoke Mayor, Mark McKee, and a visit with Arrow Heights Elementary before heading out onto the road.

For those wondering why the orange and yellow vest?  The speed limits through the mountains are still in the 90-100 km/hr range, the road shoulders are narrow in spots, and even with two escort vehicles with warning signs, most traffic is still in a rush.  The vest might not look fashionable, but it's practical and works!  More trucks and cars are slowing down.

I have seen a handful of bald eagles, but am looking forward to seeing my first bear in this province! 

Special thanks to the Glacier Park Lodge, in Roger's Pass; the Days Inn, in Revelstoke; and the Best Western, in Sicamous, for accommodating 'The Dream'. 

Victoria, B.C....Dec 18th....695 kms away...

The Dream Continues...

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