What a great night! 

NMBL and I both slept very well at Waitabit Creek campground. It’s a wonderful site. We feel guilty mentioning it because more people may want to go. Still, it’s worthy of mention. We woke up to a beautiful sunrise in the mountains with the creek talking to us as coffee was made, breakfast served, and cleanup done. The water of the creek is a vibrant turquoise blue which just glows in the morning sun. We couldn’t have asked for a better way to start the day.

We were on the road fairly quickly but unhurriedly. Our end goal for the day was Calgary, an easy ride with some time to make stops along the way. Beyond gas and food, we had few other goals. 

The Trans Canada Highway through the Rockies offers some of the most beautiful scenery anywhere. There was quite a bit of construction along the way but that just gave us a better opportunity to view the grand vistas on offer. We rode past sheer rock cliffs, densely forested mountainsides, deep blue lakes, and meandering valley bottom rivers. All the while we traveled windy mountain highway. It was a motorcyclists dream. The great thing is that there’s more to come on the way home. 

We rode through both Yoho and Banff National Parks. It was NMBL’s first time through by road. She was absolutely awed by the scenery. I hadn’t been through in years and I was awed as well. We had to stop in Lake Louise going through Banff. It’s such a touristy thing to do but the lake and surrounding mountains really are spectacular. If you’ve never seen Lake Louise go Google a picture now and take a look. We’ll wait…

Done? Good. Now picture that in your mind’s eye but incredibly better. Because the real thing is incredibly better! Again, NMBL had never been here so taking her to the lake was a special treat. She said it was like the postcards only in real HD. The pictures we took will be spectacular but picture them in your mind incredibly better. 

We saw some very odd things on our trip eastward. For one, there were all these Caution Elk on Highway signs. Neither of us saw any Caution Elk but we can only imagine that they wear hi-viz vests and carry some sort of caution sign. Possibly to help other elk cross the highway while slowing traffic to facilitate. We’ll keep you posted as we find out more.

Another odd, and scary, thing happened when we were being passed by an 18 wheeler that we had passed a bit earlier. His trailer’s rear wheels were just past parallel with me, riding point, when the rear tire blew out. A piece of the tire whipped past my left shoulder and hit NMBL in the chin and chest. “Ooh! That tire hit me!” came over the intercom into my ears. I asked her if she was alright and checked my rear mirror. She was still on the bike and moving along. Apparently it didn’t even hurt! Fortunately it was just a hunk of the tire and not the whole thing. Otherwise it would have unseated her. 

We talked about the tire incident as we rolled down the highway. That is the first time in 15 years of riding that this has ever happened to her but she had wondered what would happen if a hunk of tire flew off a truck. On a subsequent stop she found a hunk of tire on her gear. We’re keeping it. Expect a picture of that too!

That’s it for today. We’re in Calgary right now, safe and sound, staying at the Ramada downtown. No camping tonight, and that was planned, but it’s a good thing we’re not hanging. There’s severe weather rolling through he area right now. The wind has caused damage just north of here with a major storm coming up in the next few hours. Hopefully it passes by the time we have to leave tomorrow.

Happy night all!

DES out.