Friday, we became optimistic about the weather. We loaded up with propane, flushed the antifreeze out of the system and refilled the water heater. We are heading for Vancouver and the forecast low there is only -2 so we should be able to maintain our running water overnight.
Just when we thought we were out of the high hills, we started climbing out of West Kelowna. It felt like 10 minutes of uphill all the way. Nice 4 lane road with additional passing lanes and a speed limit of 120. We climbed up to about 1725 metres if memory serves right. We found a lookout stop near the top with an interesting dead tree. Good place for lunch. Yes, there is a pallet on top of the tree making a good spot for an eagle’s nest. See the closeup at 2fromaway.ca
The descent towards Merritt was much more gradual, but still a few steep sections and some more “check your brakes” sections. From Merritt to the greater Vancouver area was also very nice. Still a few more ups and downs and we finally saw the altitude dipping down to double digits. We arrived in Abbotsford just before the visitor centre closed. The young lady there was very enthusiastic and gave us excellent advice on places to go and things to do in the area, in Vancouver, and on the Island.
Our task now is to prioritize places to go with staying on schedule. We are now back to a reasonable 9 days behind schedule and considering we have taken Texas out of the loop, that puts us on track to arrive in North Carolina a week before Christmas.