leg. The battery power of the bikes began to wane
after some 65 or 70 kilometers, though one hapless
rider was less fortunate. Owing entirely to his love
of speed enabled by assist level 5 (a guaranteed
e-bike-touring nemesis), his battery began to sputter at about the 50-kilometer mark. And yes, that
guy was me!
It was 10: 30 by the time we returned to camp,
with a blue moon rising over Okanagan Mountain
to light our way; the party in the vineyard below
was in full swing. So, dusty, exhausted and smiling,
we sat down with our friends to eat and drink and
share stories of the big day, savoring the feeling of
accomplishment you get at the end of an epic ride.
For more info, see www.naramatabench.com.■
1.) Who knew that wineries labeled ;elds like this? 2.) This store at Chute Lake was a welcome stop during the day’s ride.
3.) This may not be part of the health-food tour, but is welcome on a hot day of riding. 4.) A trailer was handy for all the
riding we did in the Naramata region. We carried an extra battery for the bike pulling the trailer.