With the winter approaching and extended forays into the wilderness now limited by weather, sunshine, and spouses, we embarked on a quest to confirm the existence of an off-road route from Invermere, BC, to Golden, BC. Hard to imagine that when I texted Revelstoker the week before about getting our last ride in for the year it was 34C in Edmonton. This thought tended to repeat itself in my head, perhaps as a distraction to the chattering of my teeth while dodging snowflakes at 130 kph. I was quite impressed with my timing, although not impressed enough to observe the speed limit and just accept that I would be an hour late for my meeting with Revelstoker in Invermere. I figured he would understand that I waited for daylight to leave home that cold Friday morning and that frost on my visor was slowing me down. 'Thank goodness for the BC/Alberta time difference', I remember thinking. I arrived in Invermere at 3pm Alberta time, which I thought was not bad and only an hour late for the 1pm BC time meeting we had planned in Invermere. Turns out that Invermere is on Alberta time so I was actually 2 hours late. Revelstoker was good about the whole thing and was just stoked to see me. Secretly, he was grateful for every additional minute he had to recover from his hypothermic ride out from Revelstoke. After pounding down a coffee and whatever the cafe had that was worthy of heating up and eating we made way. The initial plan was to go into the high country around Panorama ski resort but this was thwarted by my tardiness and the unseasonably low snow line. We chose to go south to Canal Flats to do the Swan Lake loop. As it would turn out this was a longer pavement stretch than anticipated and we stopped to fill our tanks for the unknown to come. It was at the pump that I noticed my odometer had just turned over the last zero in the new millenium mark - 12,000km.