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    After spending so long in the mountains



    we finally hit the plains of Grand Prairie



    Where the nodding donkeys still hunt for oil



    and somewhat spoil the view.... if you like the scenery that the big plains give you.



    But the road from Grand Prairie towards Jasper, soon has mountains appearing on the horizon



    The road's a long and winding one, great to ride on a bike.



    But as we near the big mountains of the National Park, the clouds start looming



    I tried a few shots over the shoulder and this one came out ok



    However, I got Mark to stop for this one



    The mountains around Jasper are quite something



    and the roads are superb as well, but the speed limits are a tad on the low side.



    We spent the night at McBride, on a campsite owned by a British couple. We headed into the town and had dinner at The Giggling Grizzly, which had some great old beer signs in the bog.













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    That run on the Alcan down past Muncho Lake is fantastic and my favourite part I think. I found the old highway into Dawson a few years ago and that bridge is a work of art.

    Great pics as always Rich
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    Getting closer to my little mishap, but a few more days to catch up on yet folks. We woke to grey skies and the threat of rain, but we were up early, so got packed away dry and got on the road.



    We were heading South to Banff, via Jasper and the Glacier Parkway. Due to the weather, we considered going down the valley route, but soon realised that meant a whole load more miles, so we stuck with plan A.



    which didn't give us the best of views through the Glacial Parkway.



    We did stop briefly for breakfast at Jasper and carried on, into the National Park.



    and these were the best of the days shots





    When we got to Banff, we grabbed a curry at the local curry house and then found our campsite. Next day, we spent at this local cafe, catching up on the internet, washing and shopping.



    It was a great little cafe and I had reasonable wifi connection.



    When we'd arrive on Sunday afternoon, Banff was packed solid with people. This is Monday and things were a whole lot more reasonable. I thought Banff was very nice, somewhat touristy (to be expected), but but I didn't like the shameless, over the top, sales of tourist tat.



    When I originally posted my ventures on Advrider, Iain Hogg got in touch to say his son worked for the National Parks and to get in touch if we neede a spot to stay. We were already booked into Two Jacks Lakeside Campground and, lo-behold, Iain's son was on gate duty and duly got us sorted with a great camping spot for our four night stay.



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    After we'd had our rest and catch up day in Banff, we rode out to Lake Louise, for a walk up to the Six Glaciers viewpoint. It was really busy, but being on the bikes meant we rode straight into the main car park and avoided all the queues.



    But we couldn't avoid all the people.



    Some folks tried to get away from the maddening crowd



    quite a way away in fact.



    As we hiked, in the hot sun, up to Six Glaciers, the views opened up



    and we made it up to the top, where six glaciers only appeared to be barely one.



    So we had a photo shoot to prove we got there.



    On the way up is this great little log cabin cafe, which was really busy on the way up, but was a welcome break for us on the way down.



    After tea and apple cake - which was a very generous portion - Mark decided to carry on back to the bikes.



    So I headed up and over a rather steep climb, to Lake Agnes, which was absolutely stunning.



    Being more remote and less visited by the tourists,



    I thought it was even nicer than Lake Louise.



    There was this little waterfall on the way down



    and the day was getting on, so this was the last shot of the day.



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    Having walked Mark's legs off... well, he really wanted to get some stuff done in Banff, I headed out on another high mountain walk, on my own and in bear country!



    It was a hot day and the climb was bloomin steep



    but the views more than made up for it I'm heading up to that little coll, in the middle of the frame.



    That little path was the way up to the coll.



    Looking South, the haze from the forrest fires gave an eerie tinge to the view



    but closer up, it was a bit more spectacular.



    I wasn't the only hiker out today



    Over the coll and these big views opened up...









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    I even got two nice ladies to take a shot of me in the coll.



    Just around the corner was another big view



    and some more...





    On my return to the campsite, I grabbed this shot, which was the view from our tents



    These last few are from my little snappy. Mark, on the walk past Lake Louise.



    Louise from my vantage point on the climb to Lake Agnes



    and finally, Lake Agnes



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    We had a four night break at Two Jacks Lakeside Campground, which was absolutely superb, as I thought we'd be ready for a mini break after our run to Alaska.



    But on the fifth day we headed out to The Kootenay's and a ferry ride on our way to HU in Nakusp.



    The Kootenay ferries are free, but they've not adopted the Vacouver practice of loading bikes on first, which seems pretty lame to me.



    We arrive at Nakusp and it's n ot looking overly busy.



    Given the size of Canada, i'm surprised to see travelers attending on bikes this small. It takes an age to travel around on a GS, let alone one of these, and it's certainly not pleasnat being overtaken by big trucks doing 90, when all you can get is 50-60.



    Mark and I got chatting to this couple, whose names I forgot to write down, as they were some of only a few people that were around our age group at the HU meeting. As our friend Adam's already posted, the dining hall looked much like a bingo hall with all the silver tops that were there. Where are all the younger generation travellers?



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    Blimey, hark at the pensioner complaining about 'oldies' !

    Still riding along with you Rich.

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    Some stunning scenery there - great photo's.

    I'm not envious.....

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    The last photo's Tina and Mike from Vancouver way. Next update's my little off, hopefully i'll post it tomorrow.



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    I left Nakusp reasonably early



    and took a ride South through The Kootenay's.



    And barring the hazy smoke from the forrest fires



    were rather pleasant.



    I stopped off in New Denver, which is by this lake



    and is an olde worlde



    frontier town...



    with a couple of tourist shoppes...



    and a rather spiffing guest house.



    Leaving New Denver behind, I headed up this pass



    Which took me through some more of the usual scenery



    and some nice twisty bits



    along the babbling brook



    past this old fella



    where something caught my eye....



    I just don't know what the driver was thinking



    but it gave me a chuckle, which was good, because shortly after....



    I ended up with this. Had a slow speed off, but stopped abruptly and went down, sat on the bike and bashed my shoulder somewhat, ending in a Grade 3 Separation. I didn't know it at the time, it was just a bit sore, so I picked the bike up and got on with getting to a hospital to get myself checked out.



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    Ouch!

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    So, following my crash and subsequent loss of my little snappy, the number of photos i'm able to take has somewhat diminished. Following my injury, i'll take up again a couple of days later, heading from Fernie to Polebridge...



    past these old wagons



    on the way to Glacier National Park.



    First I had to get through customs, with the usual, sour faced, miserable and unwelcoming customs officer. I maintained a happy smile and stayed chatty all the way through, but damn, he was miserable. The US needs to educate these guys to be a bit more welcoming in their demeanour. We're tourists, not terrorists and we're likely not to come back if you don't treat us well.



    I whizzed through Glacier, which was completely smoked in and busy with traffic, and duly arrived in Polebridge, where there's a bakery



    and a pub, but not a lot else.



    The bakery's ok, but the pub was brilliant and even had a couple of guys singing away outside.



    It's not a bg pub, but it oozes plenty of character. I waited a while to see if Mark was going to make it and then headed off to my stop for the night



    which was this little hostel. I was supposed to be in my tent, but upgraded to a proper bed in the tipi, where I had a reasonably good night's sleep.



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    Leaving Polebridge, I had a long day on the bike to get to Montana. Needless to say, I just got on the bike and rode, not stopping for photo's as my shoulder was going to suffer for this day. I arrived mid afternoon at this lovely place



    where I let this chap out of his kennel for some company, whilst I ate my lunch and drank a large bottle of Kriek i'd bought a little earlier in Missoula and awaited my hosts, John and Jennifer, to arrive home from work.



    Next day, Mark and I met up and headed up the Lolo Pass, to Wier Hot Springs, which did my shoulder the world of good!



    We didn't do the whole of the Lolo, as my shoulder was too painful and there was a lot of forrest fire smoke about.



    On the way back, we stopped at The Jack Saloon, which is an amazing log cabin pub, built only four logs high, but you need to see the size of the logs. This is the Landlord.



    Due to the fires, they weren't very busy, but we had some very nice beer.



    It was easy to differentiate between the gents



    and the ladies



    The place is just riddlled with character



    The Bar is made out of one solid log



    and people have carved names and messages into it.



    The night shift arrived for a quiet night shift



    so we headed back for some more four legged company



    and two legged. Lovely hosts and thank you for a wonderful two nights. I wish we could've stayed for a few more. Apologies, as this one was taken with my phone.



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    With my sore shoulder muttering and complaining, we headed south to Jackson. I ddn'y have any desire to stop and take photo's until we reached the outskirts and I felt we'd arrived.



    The Grand Teton's have some nice hills about.



    Mark went to pick up Louise, from the airport, but I spotted that his new rear tyre had been fitted backwards, so a morning of waiting for it to be sorted ensued.



    We headed out and i'd already decided to not go up to Yellowstone, as my shoulder wasn't feeling too good, so I stayed at my tent space host, Ed Prater's, for another night. Ed's a top chap, living in a super home in Jackson and I enjoyed camping in his garden for a couple of nights.



    So I headed back along the Teton Park road



    which was a lovely ride



    a little closer to the mountains



    from the main highway



    so the views were a little less smokey.



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    Leaving Ed's, I had a big day on the bike in order toget to Rory's place in Laramie, where I had a few days rest lined up. Rory and II went out for a great vegetarian meal on my arrival and then, the next day, we headed into the hills for a bit of music in a great pub.



    With everything that's gone on, i've forgoteen the name of the band, but they were very good



    the local's appreciated the great music



    sung by this lovely lady from, if I remember, Venezuala. I'll try and get Rory to remind me.



    Looking at these photo's, I think i've lost a few of my first day with Rory, but he's the colourful one in this bunch of Advrider reprobates



    who were great company



    to celebrate Labour Day with in Rory's garden



    with a few of his other Laramie friends and neighbours. I made a spiffing salad to go with all the other food everyone brought, which went down rather well.



    Laramie's a railroad town, with no rail station



    but it does have a bridge to get from one side of the rails to the other. It was made when welding hadn't been invented, so is completey constructed in situ and hot riveted together.



    The town was buiilt alongside the railway and has some great old buildings that are now restaurants, shops and hotels.



    Not a lot happens in Laramie regarding rail business, they just seem to park the rolling stock there. If you're wondering where you know Laramie from, a man came from there, both in a tv series and a film with James Stewart.



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