One bike, 900 miles, two legs.

Last night I had some weird, weird dreams. Something about David Bowie in space – I’m blaming the kiwis on the trip because I keep getting Flight of the Concords songs stuck in my head.

Anyway, because this is to be a shorter day than usual, we allowed ourselves a slight lie-in, which helped considering how soggy the night was as I was trying to dry some clothes. Breakfast at 7:30am was luxury, and the blue sky helped lift everyone’s mood considerably. It was still cold, though, so we were huddled near the kitchen area trying to warm up before the ride. By a shockingly late 9am we were on our way, with a slight diversion at the start to see the lake that gives the place its name.

Lake Louise, and the massive Fairmont Chateau hotel
Lake Louise, and the massive Fairmont Chateau hotel

To get the picture above I had to push the bike up a short but steep trail, adding 450ft to the climbing for the day – not sure it was entirely worth it, but the white hot chocolate in the town definitely was. The main lake front by the hotel was absolutely infested with tourists, not nice at all. So maybe the push wasn’t so bad after all.

The day continued with lots more lazy rolling miles, mostly downhill with some short climbs in between. The views today are making up for yesterdays grey disappointment, almost as if Canada is apologising for spoiling the day.

I suppose this sums up The Rockies - mountains, trees, river and railway.
I suppose this sums up The Rockies – mountains, trees, river and railway.

Just over half way there were yet another set of falls marked on the map, and these were a must-see. We stopped, locked the bikes up and made our way up the tourist trail to the lower falls at Johnson Canyon. It definitely was worth it, as we had great access right up close to the fall through a hole bored or carved through the rock. When I get back I’ll put a video of them here, but for now you’ll just have to use your imagination.

Then it was only a short few miles to Banff, where the views opened up to reveal yet more stunning mountains.

Yes these are some stunning mountains.
Yes these are some stunning mountains.

And now we’re at our final campsite, perched above Banff and looking out over the town and surrounding mountains. I’m just about ready to sleep in a real bed, so tomorrow’s stay at the university in Calgary is going to be a very welcome change. For now, I’ll have to make do with sights like this. It’s a tough life…

The final campsite.
The final campsite.

GPS stats – 44 miles, 2196 ft ascent (plus 450ft push up in Lake Louise!)

1 COMMENT
James
July 10, 2013
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Great shots Ben, looks amazing there.

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