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Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk (Sunday 15 July)

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At 5:45am, the team saw Reid off after a big bowl of porridge and a prayer. Everyone was in high spirits and seemed to have had a good (though, short) first night's sleep in the vehicles. Our overnight desination was Salmon Arm, some 466.4km from Vancouver. Not quite the 40 hours push of the original plan... "go with the flow".

The town of Salmon Arm reached a low of 7°C (45°F) which was quite a bit cooler than the high of 35°C (96°F) that was experienced during the peak of Saturday.

The direction of travel for Sunday is Revelstoke (around the 100 km mark), followed by Golden which is nearly at the 250 km mark and finally Canmore at 410 km. The time zone changed from PST to MDT at Golden and the territory changed from British Columbia to Alberta, one down - only seven to go! We have been touring through the National Parks - today, we covered 4: Mount Revelstoke, Glacier, Banff and Yoho. Appropriately enough Yoho is the Cree word for “awe and wonder”.

The scenery in this area of Canada is certainly awesome and wonderful. We’ve seen sharp mountain peaks, beautiful green valleys, classic salmon rivers and what we assume are avalanche zones, during the colder months. Reid has also been able to enjoy the highs and lows but perhaps not as much as we have, from the comfort of Dodge and Flo (our support vehicles).

So far the most popular cell phone app has been Apple’s built-in “Find My Friends” (sorry Nat... the only person running android) which has allowed team members to ping each others locations and judge distance and time, whenever we have data connection. When where offline, the AirDrop feature is used to send the various photo and video footage around the team - mostly for official purposes, like the Guinness World Record requirements, or to include it Matt's daily video, but also for a bit of fun.
 
For those into stats: Reid had 4,137 meters of total accent yesterday and is nearly at that same number today (check out the full details on Strava). Kicking Horse Pass and the hill/mouintain above the Spiral Tunnels were two of the more memorable (i.e. painful) stretches.
We are wrapping up the day, just after midnight (in our new time zone) at about 410 km which together with the 466 km from yesterday will put him at 15% of the total distance! 
 
- Mike