August 29, 2009
The next day I drove to the boat launch near the south end of Pitt Lake and started looking for a ride. The first people that I ran into were from the Department of Fisheries who were in the process of loading beer into an aluminum boat. They were going exactly were I wanted to go but they said no, they were not allowed to carry random passengers. The second group I talked to were loading speakers into their boat, had no room, and were only going to a cabin halfway up the lake. The third group had a sail boat, and the fourth group were going to rent canoes. I settled in for a long wait.
After an hour, a guy and a teenager showed up with big pickup truck, trailer, and a 2-tonne river boat. "Yeah jump right in, we'll take you to the head of the lake". I loaded my pack and [px]bike.jpg[c]bike into the boat[/px] and we were off in a little more than five minute. Greg was a cigar chomping lineman who liked to fish, and his grandson Connel was allowed to operate the boat. We lazily cruised at 50 km/h and reached the dock at the head of the lake in just half an hour.
As I disembarked, my pack got stuck in the boat just as the boat started drifting away from the dock. Straddling both the dock and the boat, I was forced to let go of the dock and cling to boat. A second attempt was thankfully successful - I thanked them and waved goodby.
I'm not used to biking and saddle technology doesn't appear to have changed in decades - they're just as hard as ever. My butt was already sore after the first kilometer, but the advantages of biking versus hiking on a flat logging road... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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