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This morning I continued south to the lower 48. I wanted to go through Glacier Nat’l Park, but it was closed due to snow. Very unfortunate.

I continued on to Missoula in heavy rain. Can’t seem to get a break these days.

The plan was to spend the next few days here and try to get some serious work done. I found a hotel, and basically stayed in doors and worked. But in the end, it was all in vain. The workload finally exceeded what I could do from the road. The reality that I needed to return to LA was a bit of a downer, but I knew that this day would eventually come.

I figured Id be able to make it back over the long Labor Day weekend. So I hit the road south, and you guessed it, in more rain.

H


This morning I was served up another giant rancher’s breakfast with all the trimmings. Wow, what a way to start the day. Than Russ took me for a quick ride around his property. He had a really nice place with picturesque views that extended forever. Afterwards I changed the bike’s oil in Russ’s garage. Of course, I demonstrated my inability to not make a mess, but fortunately Russ didn’t seem to mind. And than we were off to go ride some quads and do some fly fishing.

Ive ridden quads before in sand dunes, but never 4wd quads. These things can literally go anywhere.

Went over these rickety old bridges. I was convinced they would crumble, but they held.

Than it was time for some fly fishing.

On the third cast, Russ caught his first for the day.

Than it was my turn, and I caught one as well almost immediately.

Than it was Russ’s turn again and we went up stream a bit.

Russ catches another.

Than it was my turn to show Russ how it’s done.

This cutthroat measured about 14 inches, easily surpassing everything Russ would catch today.

Russ, the rancher, the outdoors man extraordinaire gets out fished by some city boy from LA. The embarrassment. In the end, we both caught three each. I absolutely love fly fishing.

Than Darrell showed up on his KTM, and we went exploring.

Coke ovens:

This was one hell of a day. To have something like this in your backyard is the best. Plus, what luck to run in to such cool people, and this was after that disastrous day in Dease Lake. Funny, how quickly things can turn around.

Darrell and Russ operate a dual sport touring company. Check it out:

http://dualtracks.ca/

Good times with some great people.

H


Back in June at Dease Lake, I met Darrell and Russell. We rode together for a few days, and than met up at the Dust 2 Dawson rally before they returned back home. They live roughly 2 hours south of Calgary, and are on the way to Glacier Nat’l park. I decided I should give them a visit. Really good people. We all had a great time in Dawson City.

Russell gave me some directions including a scenic detour out of Canmore called the Spray Lakes Trail. Excellent recommendation.

Than I made it to Russ’s place. He had a little ranch. One hell of a cool place. It was good to see them again and meet their families. They served up a giant rancher’s size dinner with plenty of beer. I could get used to living here. Good times.

H


I woke up this morning surrounded by Elk. I didn’t notice them right away, and had walked just a few feet away from them earlier. By pure chance, I glanced to my side, and there they were.

There were campers all around them, but they didn’t seem to mind in the slightest.

After breaking camp, I cruised the Ice Fields Parkway down to Banf. This is not a road you want to rush. Simply spectacular.

Athabasca Falls:

These mountians just towered above you. Trying to capture this on film is really an exercise in futility, but I had to try.

I made camp in the campground next to Banf. Didn’t go in to town. I learned my lesson last year, and instead went to Canmore to grab some grub. Here’s my camp spot:

Some views of the surrounding area:

Tried to stay awake and write a bit, but was so tired from staying up late the previous night with the Gold Wing crew, I fell asleep pretty quick. Traveling the Ice Fields Parkway between Jasper and Banf is an absolute must if you are going through BC or Alberta.

H


Today Id make it all the way to Jasper. I’ve been here before the previous year, but this was a place that can be visited numerous times. Was really looking forward to checking it out again, and hopefully this year I might have better weather. It rained almost constantly last year. And sure enough, when I made it to Jasper, the weather was superb.

Mountain Goats:

Than I saw this big Elk hanging out on the side of the road.

I hung out at the Miette hot springs that evening before heading back to camp. Relaxing place, but I prefer hot springs in a more natural settings. This place had a bunch of pools with different water temperatures. Nothing like going between extreme cold and boiling hot.

Later that night I hung out with with my neighbors who were riding Gold Wings up from Ohio doing a loop through Canada. They were pulling trailers and had every comfort with them. I can see the merits of traveling this way. We made a fire and talked the night away. Great people.

H

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