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Hardly a Ramble 2 (200 km)
Ride date: September 27, 2014
by Bob Goodison

Four riders started and finished the Penticton "Hardly a Ramble 2" Interior fall 200 km, on a route designed as a permanent by Doug Fox. It is essentially the same route as the Chesaw 300 km, minus the monster climbs in the middle. The day started cool, and slightly cloudy, with the thermometer at the Twin Lakes gas station showing 6 degrees C. The sun soon burned through, and heading south from the first control in Keremeos it warmed up nicely. We had a great tailwind for the first half of the day, but when we turned back north toward the border we paid dearly for it. It was a beautiful ride on a great route. There was lots of wildlife to see- besides the usual deer along Palmer Lake and Vaseaux Lake, Cheryl and Nigel saw a herd of mountain goats north of Loomis, Wash., and Randy and I saw a herd of bighorn sheep near Vaseaux Lake. We also got to watch kite boarders on Skaha Lake- a welcome diversion from the headwind. This was the first time a fall brevet has been run in the Interior, and despite the low turnout, I think it was a success.


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