The bus just pulled into the Cap's South Shore Cycle parking lot. Here's a photo of what the riders and volunteers will be heading out to Kelowna in, later this morning.


Mia Gabrielson, of Langley, first did the Ride2Survive in 2011. 

She says, "I am riding for family members and friends who have battled cancer and unfortunately, are no longer with us. This is the reason why donations are so important to continue the research on the road for a cure. I support the Canadian Cancer Society their mandate of not only working for a cure for cancer, but the support they give to those living and managing the disease."

She finds support and encouragement from fellow riders and crew. "It's unsurpassed by any other event I have been involved in. It was amazing to ride through various communities and see people standing on the side of the street cheering us on. The welcome in Delta upon our arrival was so emotional; to see so many people there to greet us and show their support made the final leg of our journey home, outstanding."

See Mia's donation page if you'd like to donate to her ride. (100% of your donation will go to the Canadian Cancer Society.)


This elevation map suddenly gets a lot more scrutiny over the next day and a half, so I figured I'd put it here for everyone to ponder. 

The liveblogging will start tomorrow morning, as we load up the buses and the rest of the fleet of vehicles. And then, in 27.5 hours or so, we'll be leaving Kelowna and heading, well, straight uphill, as you can see from the map. 

It's a good thing we're all here for each other.


Environment Canada has this to say about Saturday's forecast. 


On the bright side, at least we're leaving Kelowna at 3 am. We should be in Merritt by around 10 am, and the Saturday forecast there is only "periods of rain."

If anyone knows a good sun dance (or at least some kind of "rain rain go away" dance, go for it!