This trip started with a drama at the Chief parking lot as there was a lot of commotion and a few rangers around. We weren’t sure what was happening till a group of rangers showed up dragging a dead Cougar behind them. Apparently this cougar killed a dog the day before, and the solution was to kill it…We left the parking lot a bit shocked and confused from the sight of the dead cougar and started the most strenuous trip of the season. Some sections were steep, some sections were impossible to ride because of big rocks and loose gravel, and on some sections we had to ride or push our bikes through water. However, the views of Sky Pilot and Habrich mountains were rewarding. After reaching the pass we had a nice downhill section, but I couldn’t help thinking that tomorrow it would be a big uphill… When we got closer to Indian Arm we found the tastiest Salmon berries I have ever had. They were big and puffy and very sweet. A great treat for the end of a long bike ride.
When we reached the ocean we found a nice spot to settle down for the night. Even though we knew we were already in Indian Arm – which is the ocean, Gili was convinced that the water there was not yet salty and therefore it was OK to use it for cooking. He sent me to bring water, but a couple on a boat nearby saw what I was doing and immediately gave me a few bottles of water. They said it’s very dangerous to drink the water and it’s even worse to boil it…
In the morning it was time to start climbing what was a nice downhill yesterday. We passed some abandoned machinery on the side of the road, and an old unused barn. Halfway through the descent I discovered that my brakes were not working properly and Gili spent a while trying to fix them. It didn’t help much, but at least we were almost at the end.
Just before reaching the Chief again we found some more sweet Salmonberries and took our time eating them. Back in the parking lot there was no sign of the dead cougar from yesterday. A few days later we heard on the news that a cougar had attacked a little girl named Maya who was picking Salmonberries in Squamish.