One bike, 900 miles, two legs.

I’ll be honest, I didn’t get the best night’s sleep last night. I think a combination of a slight fear of being washed away in the Fraser and a bigger fear of being eaten by a bear led to a fitful night. We’d seen a bear swimming across the river from our side over to the other while we were at the campsite in the evening, and when I woke up I spotted a bear-sized damp patch just at the head of my tent. I vaguely remember hearing something during the night, but I must’ve somehow dismissed it as nothing. I wonder what it was…

A damp mystery
A damp mystery

Anyway, we did eventually get going after a slightly slow start compared to the other days, in some fine, cool mountain weather. A few miles after the start there were a nice set of falls, so we got pictures and video before setting back off. Another few miles down the road, a huge mountain poked over the horizon and dominated the road for the next few miles. Mount Robson, the highest mountain in the Canadian Rockies, is an impressive brute of a mountain.

Mount Robson
Mount Robson

The road then sloped upwards for a good long while, steadily climbing up to just over 1100m. For some reason everything felt good today, the legs kept spinning and none of the hills managed to break my spirit, so I made it to the BC/AB border and had to say a sad, tearful farewell to BC.

Goodbye British Columbia, hello Alberta
Goodbye British Columbia, hello Alberta

It was thankfully a long, cruisy downhill into Jasper where we are staying tonight and the rest day tomorrow. It’s probably the worst campsite yet, where we can’t camp on the grass, the showers are useless and we’re 3km out of Jasper itself. Alberta, you’re not making a good first impression here. I hope it improves through the Icefields Parkway.

GPS stats – 66 miles, 2518 ft ascent

2 COMMENTS
James
July 6, 2013
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Glad to hear you’re feeling better and are back in action mate, well done at keeping the bears at bay too! Sounds terrifying! Keep them wheels turning

Guy
July 6, 2013
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How do Cockneys refer to a lot of bears? I mean,, bear bears sounds stoopid don’t it?

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