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April 23, 2017

That’s a wrap

Filed under: Canada, Ski — K2 in Canada @ 10:40 PM

We finished up our ski season on Apr 15th – Jeff birthday – with one last trip to Manning. Forecast for Vancouver was heavy rain, for Manning it was mix of sun and clouds. When we arrived it was overcast but the sun was trying and I could see shadow from the trees on the trail in sections. Manning had just gotten another 2 inches of snow over night which had filled in the tracks. So the going was slow but it was nice. Excellent grip with my new skin skis. Near the end is started snowing again – big flakes. It was quite beautiful. Temperatures were around 0 to 2C but a bit of a wind kept it cool enough. Two laps up and down North and South Gibsons, 2hrs45min of skiing to wrap up the season. Unfortunately the pub was already closed for the season but we stopped in at Jeff’s parents for an excellent BBQ ribs dinner that evening. It turned out that Vancouver was quite sunny that day.

The weekend before, Apr 8, we went snowshoeing on Seymour rather than skiing. It was pouring rain in the city and it was heavy wet snow on top. We barely made it into the parking lot despite our winter tires. Burned the clutch quite a bit. The snowshoe trail was only marked till just a kilometer or so past Brockton Point. We continued on up the hill following some just barely visible snowshoe tracks. Visibility on the top was nil and we decided to turn around. I was getting pretty tired as well and wasn’t too sorry to head back – not in hiking shape obviously. The way back down was much quicker than I thought though and we added the detour around first lake to our hike. It was quite nice through some different type of terrain with more trees. Despite the weather conditions, there were quite a few more people up at Seymour for hiking than on the Howe Sound Crest trail a couple weeks earlier. I was surprised though how many did not have snowshoes. I guess nobody was expecting that much fresh snow in almost mid April. We had about 5cm accumulated on our car in the 2.5hrs we were gone for. Took a few back and forward shuffles to get out but we eventually made it.

 

April 22, 2017

Visitors from the Old Country

Filed under: Canada, Germany, Ski — K2 in Canada @ 3:21 PM

For the 2nd half of March we had 3 visitors from Germany stay with us. My niece Anneke, her boyfriend Max and my nephew Steffen. I warned them that March may not be the best time to visit but they insisted they don’t mind rain. Unfortunately for them, it was one of the wettest 2 weeks in March I ever remember. I think we even set a rain record one day. This whole spring was pretty wet and unseasonably cold. The below was posted on Apr 16. They only saw sun twice and it rain all but 1 day I believe! It turned out they DO MIND rain :-).

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Nevertheless they endlessly explored the city while Jeff and I were at work. They shopped more in those 2.5 weeks than I do in a year :-). We played a lot of games in the evening. Early on we took them to a Vancouver Giant Hockey game. I got 4 free tickets from my work colleague and gym buddy Charlie.

And one evening in their last week we tried to kill them with pasta. Portions at Anton’s are huge and even though the boys boosted they could finish it, they lost.

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Weekends, Jeff and I took them with us on some of what we like to do. First weekend we went cross-country skiing in Manning Park. Snow was definitely the better choice compared to rain and I think they enjoyed the skiing. Although downhill might have been more what they would have chosen. The boys dragged me up the bunny hill at Manning. Although I think they regretted it more than I trying to get up and down – see video :-). It snow quite a bit that day but there also was a hint of sun.

The following Sunday was a sunny day but it was very cold. Jeff and I went for a paddle but it was too cold to take the gang. We sent them on a hike up to the Deep Cove Lookout instead. Afterwards we headed up to the Cypress Lookout for the best views over the city.

The 2nd weekend, we dragged them snowshoeing up at Cypress – part of the Howe Sound Crest Trail to St Marks. It was another nice day actually with a mix of sun and clouds in the morning. The view from the Bowen Lookout was quite spectacular and we had some friendly locals, a couple Whiskey Jacks and a Blue Jay, entertain us for a while. After the lookout it was a bit too much uphill for those guys and they were really quiet. Much more lively on the way down – see video. On the drive down we also got to see the first bear of the season. Those guys were lucky :-).

Since it was a somewhat sunny day we took them down to the beach afterwards. Lots of bunnies around that day but still pretty darn cold.

The 2nd day that weekend was horribly wet. Hence only Jeff and I went for a paddle while the gang was hanging out in the cafes in Deep Cove, just missing out on meeting Tom Selleck (Magnum).

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The highlight though must have been the go-karting on their 2nd last evening. It was a lot of fun and even I wanted to go for longer – almost caught Steffen!!! Jeff was the undisputed champion.

Overall I think/hope they enjoyed their stay. Steffen seemed to have coped okay with the too short air mattress. I sincerely hope though that they come visit in the summer next time!

March 12, 2017

First and Last

Filed under: Canada, Hummer, Ski — K2 in Canada @ 6:21 PM

The only way I can ever win my category in a loppet, I am the only one in it :-). Sun Peaks 30km Loppet on Mar 4th. It’s a combined skate and classic loppet but they give separate awards. I was the only female 30km classic skier in the event. I finished last by quite a long ways but still got my name on the trophy. And they had a large Lindt chocolate for the top three finishers. Awesome! Jeff also won the men’s classic 30km. He double poled it all, there is quite a bit of up involved, and he beat the other two competitors, despite getting lost on lap 1 for a bit. He is the real champ.

 

It was a beautiful day with a mix of sun and puffy white clouds and -8 to -4C. 15cm of fresh snow made for soft tracks though. I used my grip tape skies because they are nice and light. They may ice up in the fresh snow but they worked well at the start. The skaters chopped up the soft classic tracks pretty bad. But what was even more annoying was the horde of kids that skated the 15km loppet. They were out for a fun time and not racing and they stopped several times to have a drink. And of course they stopped right on the classic tracks. Not once, not twice, but three fucking times. There was a coach with them who could have taught them proper race etiquette … argh. Needless to say, I was quite annoyed on the way up having to call “track please” three times, and I was quite scared on the way down being surrounded by those kids going much faster than I would have ever wanted to on my own. Luckily they stop after my lap 1. I though, now I can have a great ski on my own but it was much sunnier ad warmer on lap two, which in theory was nice, but my grip tape finally decided to ice up near the top. Not to worry though since my wax tech hero Jeff had given me some VR 30 hard wax to carry along that I could rub on top of the grip tape and it worked like a charm. But I lost at least another 5min getting the skis into shape again. And my back started to get really sore/tired. Hence, the going was slow as I didn’t rush it but enjoyed the sunshine. Figured that with this beautiful weather the volunteers wouldn’t mind either to wait a bit longer for stragglers. Mind you, they had already packed in the half way aid station when I skied by and were starting to take down signs. Just managed to get ahead of the guy removing the signs. Oh well, I think I would have remembered the route well enough even without them. I made it to the finish. Lots of cheers. Almost 30min slower than last year :-).

Wanting to enjoy the sun for as long as possible we walked into the town of Sun Peaks after the rewards. A typical ski resort town with way less people around than Whistler and affordable prices. We spent the night in Kamloops in our usual motel. Soaked in the hot tub for an hour and then walked to a pub 20min away – McCracken Station Pub. Food was awesome and the staff friendly despite them being really busy!

The next day we woke up to overcast and light snow. Oh no, I thought, please not a repeat of Friday evening commute when we drove up to Kamloops from the coast. Took quite a while to get out of town that Friday – New West was clogged up as usual. Then past Abbortsford, the torrential downpour started. I have no idea how Jeff was able to see the road in the dark. And the rain did not let up all the way past Hope. I checked the “DriveBC” website constantly to see if they would close the Coquihalla. Nothing was posted. But shortly after we passed the turn off to Hwy 3, traffic stopped dead. Road was blocked off by Highway Patrol. The downpour turned into snow but nothing was sticking yet. We sat there for an hour waiting for the hwy to reopen. No info was posted on the website to when that would happen and I really had to pee. Good thing it was dark. But eventually they let us go. The snow started to stick and shortly after the road was covered with heavy wet snow and that lasted all the way to Merritt. It was slow going since there was a long line of cars but at least we were moving. We stopped in Merritt for dinner since it was already 9PM. We left home at 4PM. Usually it’s a 3hrs drive. There was more snow between Merritt and Kamloops but the Hwy was empty so it was an easier drive. We got to Kamloops by 10:30PM. Dead tired and sore from sitting in the car for 6hrs.

Sunday though, the drive wasn’t nearly as bad. We stopped at Stake Lake for another almost 3hr ski. It was lightly snowing and I tried my new skin skis. NICE! I was tired from the day before and part of the tracks were covered in fresh snow but Jeff and I had a great, slow ski together. The fresh snow made for great grip up Gironimo and a much less scary decent on Ricochet.

Back on the road the snow stopped in Merritt. As we climbed out of Merritt towards the Coquihalla summit the sun came out and lit up the mountain covered in fresh snow beautifully. The road was fine. As we dropped down into Hope, it started raining again. Driving through Langley we saw snow along the road but not on it. It wasn’t until about 5km from home when the roads all sudden were covered in slushy snow again and it hailed on us. Really!? More snow in town? On the bright side, Lily was at the feeder when we got home. We had to wait until she finished to unload the car 🙂

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Sigh – will this winter ever end?! Last week I was back to commuting to work on my mountain bike until Thursday. It was cold and partially icy in the morning. The sun finally made an appearance on Friday but I was holed up at work all day.

 

February 25, 2017

New P’ayak

Filed under: Canada, Ski — K2 in Canada @ 7:28 PM

After a couple years of missing Sigge’s P’ayakentsut (P’ayak) at Callaghan, we finally went back this year. They have a new course which, for 30km course, no longer has the killer uphill right off the start and scary downhills coming down from the Olympic trails. It’s a bit more of a civilized course now. For the 50km they also took out How-it-goes and the Loon Lake Loop which is the steepest climb in the whole trail system and those poor guys had to do that twice. Instead, they added the biathlon trail instead which is more up and down but not as steep. I would have loved to do one lap of the 50km course, 25km, but that was not an option. So I did the 2x15km laps for the 30km loppet. On classic skis off course since I hardly spent any time on skates this season and skating is hard even if I do it more often. Crazy Jeff did the 50km classic while buddy John did 50km on skates. The weather was beautiful. -10C when we got there at 8:30AM but I think it warmed up to about -4C by 1pm. Snow was old but nice and dry. I used my grip tape and it worked quite well. There were quite a few people doing classic in my race and for the first lap I had people around me the whole time. The conditions were fast and I could do a lot of double poling and had better grip than most of the other people around me. I passed a couple racers and was going really well! But then the most stupid thing happened. Head down, double poling hard to stay ahead of the guy I just passed I missed a turn. RATS must have lost at least 5-10min by the time I made it back onto the real loppet course and all the people I was racing with were gone. My energy level went way down. It would have been a lazy ski to the finish if not for Jeff passing me for the 2nd time. That, and a cup of Gatorate at the next aid station, got my juices going again. Despite the extra kilometers and a much slower 2nd lap I finished in under 2hrs24min. That’s the fastest I have ever skied 30km! To put it into perspective though, most people finished the 50km before I finished the 30km :-). They started 20min ahead of the 30km group but had some extra kilometers early in the race. So there was a lot of passing going on both laps. Results can be found here. John almost beat my time, but hey, he skated. Jeff had a challenging day and he finished just a few minutes behind me.

There were 630 participants registered!!! 103 in the 50km, 183 in the 30km, 176 in the 15km, the rest were kids. Plus ~100 volunteers. WOP was busy that day! Great day for the race.

I also bought myself another set of classic skis. Rossignol skin skis – the latest and greatest for lazy classic skiers. Very versatile in a wide range of conditions, no waxing, great grip!!! And they were on sale for less than half price – demo skis. Can’t wait to take them up Blackwall Peak :-).

February 19, 2017

A more average winter weekend at home

Filed under: Canada, Kayak, Ski — K2 in Canada @ 6:34 PM

For once, no loppet. Nice to have a break. But off course we still went skiing – to prep for the Payak next weekend. 30km for me, 50km for Jeff. It was a warm, between 0C and 2C, and wet ski yesterday at Callaghan. The snow was quite slushy, the tracks soft. I tried my grip tape, no grip. My wax tech suggested klister, no grip, but I tried hard to make it work. Finally, after 11km of cursing I switched to my crowns. They worked just fine! And I managed to get 32kms of skiing in. The sun tried to come out but by the end it was raining/lightly snowing. I don’t think Jeff and John finished their goal of 50km, or at least I hope not, as they got back to the car before I did :-).

Today was an overcast, 7C day on the coast, light rain on and off. What did we do? Sleep in, watch humming birds and go for a paddle mid day. It was a bit breezy out in Deep Cove but Jeff was feeling much better than last weekend and we pushed a bit harder – well I pushed quite a bit harder. Only 6 weeks left till the first Tuesday Night Race :-).

It’s just nice to get out for a bit after a long short week at work!

February 12, 2017

Achieved my 2 goals

Filed under: Canada, Ski — K2 in Canada @ 9:42 PM

Another loppet weekend, this time at Stake Lake, hosted by the Overlander Nordic club. They were trying a new race course this year. An 18km lap mostly along the trails Jeff and I really like. One could do one lap or two. This is a freestyle loppet and most people skate it since it is faster. My skating is in even worse shape than my classic skiing. Hence I only signed up for the half distance, not wanting the volunteers to have to stick around for an additional hour :-). And it was the right call. The course was in great conditions. The only unknown portion of it was also the hardest part with a big climb and a steep downhill. But I was able to pass some people, did not finish last, and I was not lapped by the 36km racers. Goals accomplished. On top of that, I came in first in my age class beating the only other person in my age class doing the 18. I think she classic-ed the course as well. There were 6 of us who did it classic and I came in 3rd. And I beat 2 skaters, mind you most of the skaters did it in half the time it took me :-). My double-poling felt strong today and I very much enjoyed the race pushing myself. Went for another 6km or so cool down after. Jeff and John also had good race – they both did the 36km. Jeff double-poled the whole thing and John skated. We were all happy with our ski.

The only thing that tainted a great weekend was the drive up Saturday morning. When we got up, the Coquihalla HWY, which we have to take to get to Merritt, was actually closed, scheduled to re-open by 9AM. We left at 9:30AM with the hwy still closed. The “DriveBC” website now said the hwy was scheduled to re-open at 10AM. But we were already past Chilliwack when we found out at the gas station that the hwy had just re-opened. Puh! When we got to the start of the Coquihalla,  we had to stop. There was still a line up as far as we could see, cars in the left lane and trucks in the right lane. Lucky for us, after only a 5-10min wait we started moving again. Just the cars though. The Hwy people were only letting trucks through in small groups. The road was quite bad. Compact snow turned to ice and rained on – probably the most slick combo you can get – all the way to the summit. After the summit the road was in better shape and by the time we got to Merritt the sun was out. We had a nice afternoon ski at Overlander to check out the course. But since they had just been dumped on the previous night, not all the trails were groomed yet. We did sidewinder in deep powder!! It was almost hot in the sun, even though the car said -3C when we arrived around 2PM. No moose again.

February 9, 2017

Pick up

Filed under: Canada, Home, Ski, work — K2 in Canada @ 10:50 PM

Last night Jeff picked me up from work 🙂

Today we were back to rain. I should have used a boat to get to work. The bike path along Kent was turned into Kent Canal. And all the snow is just starting to melt…

February 7, 2017

Snow can stay

Filed under: Canada, Home, Ski, work — K2 in Canada @ 11:04 PM

Well, most people almost had enough of the white stuff here in Vancouver. And I was close to thinking the same. Last Friday we broke a record for the most snow, 12cm, breaking the 1946 record of 10.7. Does not sound much, definitely not for anybody living in the rest of Canada, but for us softies it was/is.

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My bike commute to/from work was even more treacherous yesterday than it was last Friday. Roads were quite icy in the AM and I had to use the sidewalk on and off. It was slow going and I had to walk for parts of it as the frozen snow was just too bumpy to ride on. It started snowing again mid morning and did not stop till later that evening. We got another 10cm or so. On the way home, the roads were even more icy and there was much more traffic still when I left than I am used to. No way I could ride on the roads and I ended up partially walking, partially riding my bike home on the sidewalk. In some areas the snow was too deep to ride on, while sections where people had walked on were fine. Turned a 20min commute into 40-45min. In a way it was nice though with all this fresh snow. But when I got home that evening I told Jeff that the snow better stays so that I can ski into work.

I always thought I may paddle into work one day since both home and work are within easy walking distance of the river but it’s a bit of a hassle to get out near work and where to store the boat. I never figured I would ski to work. Just joked about it whenever we saw some snow. Usually we don’t have snow stick around long enough but this winter is different. And when I woke up to -1C and a clear sky this morning I thought I turn my joke into reality. I put on my crowns and started skiing right below our complex. So cool. The sun was coming up as I skied along the river trail. The snow was fluffy and nice to ski on. It was mostly striding since the snow was deep and not many people had walked through it yet. I even saw some other ski tracks further down the trail. It was so cool. Took longer than usual but was well worth it. It was a gorgeous sunny day all day, of which I didn’t see much of while at work. I was afraid the sun would melt too much of the snow and make for a very icy or even mushy return trip. But it did not. More people had walked the trails and just compacted the snow down enough to have a nice solid surface and I could double pole most of the way home under the moon. Almost like groomed trails. I had even remembered to bring my headlamp :-). Now that I have figured out the best winter commute the snow can stay. There is one more dump in the forecast for tomorrow late afternoon. Bring it on!!!

February 5, 2017

Spring is in the air, or it should be…

Filed under: Canada, Home, Hummer, Ski — K2 in Canada @ 5:44 PM

At least for our hummer it is. Chatter seemed to have picked up girl friend :-). We are calling her Lily. He is allowing her to use his feeders. We now have two installed since we know there are more hummers around the area and an online article said that one has a better chance to get multiple hummingbirds if one has multiple feeders. I don’t think Chatter read that article. I am sure he hasn’t because he is now guarding both feeders. Well, on and off some others do manage to sneak in. There are at least 2 females and one other male around we think. Anyhow, I took a picture of one of the females a couple weekends ago. Chatter wasn’t around at that time, or at least I didn’t see him. Since then, Jeff has seen her and Chatter multiple times together. She drinks and he sits and watches over her and his feeders, still chasing away any other hummer that tries. Chatter and Lily make such a cute couple. It’s a privilege to watch them. Although they seem to spend less time in our tree now and are more off exploring. Maybe we’ll be grandparents this spring?

Well but spring seems far away right now. We were hit by another snow storm on Friday. The forecast was for maybe 5cm of snow turning into rain in the morning. When I left home at 7:20AM it just started to snow. And by the time I left work at 6:30PM 10-15cm had accumulated. It snowed all day. Traffic was a mess. I managed okay to get home on my mountain bike but it was tough going through 15cm of deep snow on the bike path. And I was lucky that there were hardly any cars on the roads I ride.

Saturday morning was an early start for us to get to the Cascade Cup Loppet in Manning. Even earlier than usual because of the snow. The highway was a mess trying to get our of town. We almost got stuck in a snow pile as Jeff tried to pass all those slow pokes on the road getting into the wrong lane. It went from slushy deep stuff in Langley/Abbortsford to blowing snow and whiteouts towards Chilliwack. I would have turned around but Jeff stoically pushed the car through it. Only one SUV, a cop, K9 unit, ever passed us. We got stuck behind 3 snow plows from Chilliwack to the Agassiz turn off. It was compact snow all the way to Manning. The last bit, Hwy 3, was the easiest part. They had gotten less snow than us. Nevertheless, the normally 2hrs 15min drive took us 3hrs 15min. Lots of cars, even one of the snow plows, were off in the ditch on Hwy #1. Worst condition I ever remember for that stretch of highway. One car flipped on it’s side not too long before we went by. We had to stop to get gas and when we entered back onto the highway, there it was. I was just glad we made it in one piece. And Jeff and John were happy that we made it in time, 45min before the start of the loppet. The course was in pretty nice shape although fresh snow had accumulated in the tracks. It was snowing the whole time, -9 to -8C and windy. I used my crowns but could get no grip up North Gibsons and I was going quite slow. Didn’t have much energy – felt sluggish already when we went to Cypress on Wed night which was a very icy ski. Jeff double-poled the whole thing -CRAZY! – and finished more than an hour before I did. I still enjoyed the race but did not push myself at all until the last 2 km when I finally caught up to the guy in front of me and passed him. Otherwise I hardly saw a soul the whole race – other than the fast people that missed the start and then came blasting by me :-).  Loppet number 4 done – not last :-). The drive home was still messy but not quite as bad.

Today was a rest day. Sleeping in, blogging, 2hr walk in the snow along the river and a lot of snacking. Oh well. Chatter was around till 5:40PM today, sitting on the upper feeder for 10min straight. Lily made a very short appearance only.

Up and around

Filed under: Canada, Ski — K2 in Canada @ 5:03 PM

Two more weekends away in Jan, two more loppets.

Jan 21/22 weekend saw us staying in Manning. This is the first time we ever stayed there overnight rather than doing a day trip. It was the weekend of the Blackwall Bash, a 16km uphill “race” to the end of the road up on Blackwall Peak. To get down, it is advisable to have some extra clothes especially if you sweated a lot on the way up -not me but Jeff does :-). And those had to be dropped off by 7:30AM. No way we would get there in time leaving from Vancouver in the AM. Hence we booked a room at the lodge, sharing it with buddy John to save some money. It was well worth it!!! We had a leisure 9AM start on Sat morning to get to Manning for an afternoon ski. It was sunny and -2C. Perfect! Skied for about 1hr45min, then went to the hot tub and pool for another hour, then went to the pub for beers and food and then met up with friends of ours who happened to be there at the same time than us. Krista, Fred and the kids were at Manning for a downhill skiing long weekend. We ran into them returning from the pub in the early evening and headed to the games room together to play table tennis and do some gymnastics with Anouk and Lukas. It was really fun!

The next morning wasn’t sunny. The mountains were hiding in low clouds and it snowed lightly. The race up to Blackwall Peak was LONG and hard. 16km long, 760m up. Much harder than the 8km race up to the lookout we did the previous year (shortened race because of avalanche risk). I stayed ahead of Peter again, who is a much better skier than I but also older, and managed to pass one person near the end. Mike a newbie skier but ultra fit. But all the 8km course skiers, who started 5min after us, passed me :-(. My grip tape skis worked great and I had pretty good grip and glide. Overall I was happy with how it went as I actually did push myself the whole time expecting Peter to pass me any minute. The first 8km are the steepest part, then it levels out a bit for the next 6km. The last 2km though are the killer were the trail gets steeper again and I was dead tired. If not for Mike in my sight I would have slowed down to a crawl. It was about -4C that day at the lodge but the wind was blowing at the top. Luckily they had cleared the small nature hut and put a heater and hot chocolate inside. So Silke, Peter’s wife, and Jeff were able to wait for us in comfort. They finished about 30min before us. The ski down wasn’t too bad bundled up in lots of extra clothes. The Manning marketing director was braving the cold and took tons of pictures of the races.

Jan 28/29 weekend was spent in the Okanagan, skiing at Telemark and visiting Keith and Mary in Peachland. Jeff had hurt his back the week before and was unable to race that weekend. We almost canceled the trip because I thought he wouldn’t even be able to sit in the car for the drive. But he still wanted to go. I ended up driving for a change. It was sunny and the roads were fine for the most part. Except near the end, we ran into heavy fog at Brenda Mine on the Okanagan Connector. Visibility was down to the end of the hood of the car! Luckily it only lasted for about 10min of driving. The temperature dropped from +4.5C in the sun at the top to -7.5C in the fog to rise again to -2C below the clouds near the lake! We skied at Telemark that afternoon. I didn’t think Jeff would be able to but he put on his skies and we went out together. I beat him up the first climb having reasonable good grip using grip tape while Jeff’s wax didn’t work all that well. But after fixing his wax, he flew by me and ended up being the one waiting for me all the time. Sigh, even when he is injured he skies faster than I. Nevertheless, after swallowing my pride, we had a really nice ski together up Panorama Ridge trail. It was overcast but there were some views of the valley and the lake below. All the trees were covered in long ice needles, evidently the fog had been here as some point.Very pretty!

We spent the Sat evening at Keith and Mary’s eating appetizers and then went out for dinner at a new restaurant in Peachland, “91 Restaurant”. It was good food but somewhat on the fancy side. It’s always nice though to spend time with our good old friends Keith and Mary. They managed to find space for Jeff, John and I in their small condo as well and we were treated to a phenomenal good breakfast the next morning after a restful night. Too bad I can’t eat too much before racing. As always, the time we were able to spend with Keith and Mary was too short as we had to leave early for the race. Sunday was the Apple Loppet, a pursuit race of 15km classic and 15km skate, where I teamed up with a friend of a friend of mine I had never met before. Kit was from Ontario, staying in Vernon for a month of skiing. So we teamed up as Team KitKat with me doing the classic and Kit doing the skate leg. John, who had been partnered with Jeff, had to do the whole thing on his own since Jeff was in no shape to race. I had good grip with my grip tape but my glide seemed to be significantly less than the skiers around me. I always got close on the hills only to drop way back every time it was flat and time to double pole, never mind on the downhill. Hence Peter beat me :-). Him and Silke had signed up as a team last minute after we talked them into it the week before. I was near last but I managed to stay close to Peggy’s partner, Peggy is the friend who teamed up Kit and I. Last year Peggy was my partner. Kit ended up pushing herself trying to catch Peggy on the skate leg. She almost succeeded :-). Kit and I came in 2nd after Peggy’s team in the combined age class of 110-120. Well, there was no other team in that class but who needs to know that :-). Overall a great weekend. I drove home again. Weather change from overcast in the Okanagan to the sunny, blue skies and sparkling white hills at the top of the connector into Merritt, to light snow and rain on the Coquihalla to pitch dark by the time we got home. It was a tiring drive, more so than the skiing. But we mad it home in one piece.

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