Hi friends! This might be the only blog post for the next week, as we’ve headed north on the Trans-Canada Hwy and have hit gold country! This area doesn’t have very many amenities, including wi-fi. Real showers have become a luxury of the past. BUT this area is stunning!!! We’re in the mountains now, and are still following the Fraser River. It really feels like the wild west in the sense that the landscape is rugged, and the only thing we can take for granted is the fact that there will be a freight train coming through the mountains every hour or so.
I had no idea, but apparently this area had a gold rush boom that rivaled the California gold rush. In fact, many California minors moved north in pursuit of gold after the California gold boom petered out, and at one point tried to get parts of BC to succeed to the US! I don’t tell people I’m really from California around here 🙂 We have panned for gold for fun, but no joke, you can buy legitimate gold panning equipment from any outdoor store.
This area is littered with little towns that were huge boomtowns at one point, first due to gold and then to the construction of railroads. We went to some abandoned railroad tunnels that had been turned into a park. It was amazing to think of all the dangerous work that went into blasting the mountains away in a narrow river canyon to get a railroad line in. And we even saw salmon migrating!!
I’m not sure if it’s the mountainous terrain or the fact that I’ve now been running for 2 weeks, but my body is started to feel the affects of running this long. I’ve lost weight, and feel a lot more muscular but I’m also tired a lot of the time. I am savoring the fact that today is a rest day. I had a ridiculous dream in which I went to the doctor and they told me I had to get a knee replacement. Hahaha, I was really glad when I woke up and realized that wasn’t the case. All things considered, I’m really amazed at how resilient the human body is. 81 miles down.
Over and out. Much love to you all.