We talked with Yvon in the morning before we both set off for the same destination of Burns Lake. He was sure we would be faster, but we were pretty sure that he would be. We let him leave first and thought that we potentially may see him again in Topley where we were all planning a food stop.
Arriving in Topley, the cafe Jesse saw online had turned into the Post Office but they told us to go a bit farther down the road to the General Store – Grizzly Jim’s. This store had the typical offerings plus they also made burgers. We found out Yvon had left just 15 minutes earlier. Jesse had a cheese burger, and I asked for one minus the burger. The woman making them asked if I wanted a fried egg as well for energy for the hill ahead, which was a nice addition! The owners said they want to cater to to cyclists and hope to have more to offer them in the following years.
The 6-Mile Hill began just after Topley, and it was quite the continuous hill. Unlike Grizzly Hill where we could see ahead quite a ways, this hill had lots of turns so we were never quite sure when we had reached the top. From the peak we rode mostly downhill into Burns Lake, stopping near to town to read and enjoy the warmth of the sun.
Arriving in town just past 5pm, we were a bit too late for tourist information center. However Yvon was waiting for us to let us know the campground he had previously told us about was ahead, was no longer open. He said there was a free municipal campground that was a bit sketchy but nevertheless an option. After stocking up on food for dinner we found the campground.
It was in a nice location, right on the lake and next to a nice park, but the campground itself wasn’t very well maintained at all and didn’t provide any sense of security, though we were able to use the public park washrooms until 9pm which were nice.
After dinner Jesse chatted with Yvone while I tried to stay warm in the tent – my feet often freezing until hours after I fall asleep.