or the Path to Despair
Bike collected and the first day on the road...to Hope.
For film buffs and Rambo fans (not necessarily the same thing) you will have seen Hope, but it may have been pretending to be somewhere else. The first Rambo was filmed in and around Hope as well as K2 and White Fang 2, and many others. Adverts for extras regularly appear in the local paper.
We are staying at Bear`s Heritage House B&B owned by Jo-Hanna and Ray. Who tell us they didn`t appear as extra`s in any of the movies. Their home is old, so old it was moved moved from the path of the railway when it came to town and rebuilt. Now it has been beautifully restored by them.
We visit the old Othello railway tunnels, now abandoned but standing as a memorial to incredible engineering skills. Cut through the mountains to follow the Coquihalla Canyon ...the building and surveying presented what many thought to be insurmountable difficulties... until the engineer Andrew McCulloch decided to prove them wrong, so that trains could run through impossible terrain for 48 years and Sylvester Stallone could film his river crossing in First Blood there, and subsequently become a big movie star. Although I`m not sure he necessarily intended the latter.
Unfortunately , the town has seen better days and sadly even though hundreds of Rambo fans, from all over the world, come to pay homage, Rambo himself declined an invitation to attend the towns 25th anniversary celebration of the films release, causing despair amongst the towns folk, who had been hoping to generate some much needed publicity and income.