Short and sweet early ride to Christina Lake for a mostly rest day – laundry, shower, swim, ice cream. Beautiful ride from GF along the Kettle River.
More 🚲!: Axel wakes up early and we start riding before 8am. We have a beautiful ride through pine forest along the Kettle River, debated a shortcut on highway as the trail seemed quite a detour, but detours and trails are what we came for, and that decision was rewarded with a very beautiful trail and trestle across the Kettle River and valley, then a more bumpy ride above the valley into Christina Lake. We descended a huge hill off the trail into town and saw a “Pony Espresso” cafe at the info centre so headed there and had a great coffee and second breakfast. Axel cruised around entertaining people and saying “buh-bye” to the model train (they turned on for him) every time it went around the corner and out of sight. There was also a very cool painted mural of the railway – where if you stood in one spot on the floor the whole mural was 3-dimensional. We toodled over to the Christina Pines campground who warmly welcomed us at a pretty early 11am to their cyclist camping area, complete with shade tents, a sink and picnic table. We showered, did laundry, tried to get Axel to nap, gave up, walked to the beach and swam (Axel fell asleep on the walk), and chatted with a family out bike packing the other way with their almost-4 year old. We peppered them with questions to see what might be coming 🙂 Got ice cream, had buttermilk fried chicken burgers for dinner, and Axel walked and climbed and played and ran alllll over the campground, for hours on end. Happy kiddo!
Distance: 18.67 km, Elevation Gain: 110 m, Moving Time: 1h 21m