One bike, 900 miles, two legs.

It all started out so well. Just like the previous night, we had blue sky’s and no wind, but after breakfast that changed. The ride started out cold, and never made it much into double digits. Thanks to yesterday’s Herculean climb up the pass, the first six miles or so of today were entirely downhill. A great way to start the day, although it didn’t make the cold any more bearable. Halfway down there were another set of falls, these ones were unmarked and had no facilities, but we could stop at the side of the highway and snap a few shots.

Some more waterfalls
Some more waterfalls

The views in the morning were no less impressive than yesterday, but the relentless grey sky didn’t lend itself to epic pictures. This is about as good as it got:

Mountains, road, grey
Mountains, road, grey

Then it all went wrong. The rain started pouring from the sullen grey sky and didn’t stop. At all. It just got worse, and worse, and worse. The next 30-40 miles were a relentless slog, where I only got through it by thinking of the hot shower I’d be able to have at the campsite. The climb up to Bow Summit, the highest point of the ride at something like 2060m, was utter hell.

Somewhere on Bow Summit
Somewhere on Bow Summit

I got into camp feeling exhausted, soaked through and ready for a hot shower and some dry clothes. Mike (the cook) was on hand with some hot soup, which really hit the spot and helped me feel more human again. After some rather ineffectual laundry using the only two machines in the whole of Lake Louise, I’m now sat in my tent, behind a bear-proof electric fence, wearing damp clothes in an attempt to dry them.

If only it kept them damn mosquitoes out, too
If only it kept them damn mosquitoes out, too

Tomorrow is only a short day at 38 miles, so there’s plenty of time to go wandering on side trips. Plus the weather is supposed to be getting better – it’s already blue sky above me, so I think these last two days should be dry. Fingers crossed…

GPS stats – 79 miles, 3265 ft ascent

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