July 20, 2020 – Cranbrook to crown land near Lake Koocanusa
Having a soft bed, I slept in for once. I took this chance to get a number of errands done in Cranbrook.
The most important of those was a bike fix. My front brake pads had worn off. It was metal on metal.
An excellent repairman at Gerick Sports suggested I replace the sprocket and chain, both well worn. CAD $134 well spent. I’m more confident in the bike than myself.
Finally, after noon, I got away.
Turns out the cycling trails out of Cranbrook are some of the best of the Great Trail Canada wide. But first I had to find my way out of the city.
The next two days would be highlights of my trip. Rid of highway, I was mostly on rail trail, easy single track, quiet gravel farm roads. All with superb scenery. You can feel the mountains getting higher as you approach the Rockies.
The number of trail options is bewildering. From wheelchair accessible to challenging technical routes.
I had to turn back on one. It got too steep.
Eventually I reached empty farm roads.
Much of that was bordered by private property. But I camped in crown land recreation area.