The Trans-America Challenge 2012
7th May - 8th June 2012
Osoyoos to Vancouver
MAY 27TH, 2012
The Mounties always get their man. Tina finally gets her bear.
Welcome back. We had a lovely restful day yesterday sitting on the lake shore in the sunshine, drinking coffee and playing party games in the bar and on the lawn.
Some of us weren't so lucky however and David Roberts, Andy Inskip et al spent the day in the bowels of the hotel car park rebuilding the gearbox to the Triumph.
It was a messy and tricky job but they're all pretty confident that it'll work. Keith Ashworth was still wrestling with the radiator and cooling problems on the Mercedes.
He's temporarily fitted a new larger unit to the exterior of the car. It's not pretty but if it works.......
So today we leave Osoyoos and strike west for Vancouver.
We say goodbye to old friends and hello to new ones. For some it's the last day of the Rally. The first leg finishes here so tonight it's the prize giving gala dinner. For the rest of us it's another chance to chill out, relax and await leg two which begins on Tuesday with another eight cars joining us for the push up to Anchorage.
The drive to Vancouver was leisurely with two passage controls to make sure we were all on the right track. Firstly in the style of a wine land tour through the flat and fertile valley of the River Similkanee we passed neatly tended roadside vineyards beneath rocky cliffs. Then from the PC at Princeton we climbed over the beautifully Alpine Hozameen Range on lovely Tarmac to the second PC and coffee halt in Hope. Through Manning Park and the Gibson Pass ski area. The high point of the day came when we crossed Alison pass at 1342m (we're in Canada now and it's metric). Given our previous experiences, we thought that the sign "Caution, bears in the area" was more in hope than expectation but today our luck changed. Just before the Roadside Rhododendron Attraction we spotted the first one. It ran off though. Then some ten miles further on we saw another bear which was more than happy to to hang around and pose for pictures. Mission accomplished.
The rest of journey was obviously an anti climax and we pitched up at the dockside Pan Pacific hotel eager to try some city break five star luxury and to sit down to the gala dinner. The catering effort was superb and after the speeches, prizes, farewells and welcomes most of the rally moved into the bars to discuss the finer points of life.
Finally we must say a big happy birthday to Judith Rowe. At husband John’s behest we all signed a pair of overalls for her this morning.
He told us that he'd been struggling with an idea for a present and reckoned this was the perfect gift, what a lucky woman.