Monday, August 29, 2005
The Diary: Thursday 11th August 2005 to Saturday 20th August 2005
It was only a short ride to the town of Stewart and past the Bear Glacier, an amazing glacier which runs into a lake and is right on the side of the road. In the evening we rode to Fish Creek to watch the bears eat the spawning salmon. We saw two grizzly bears and thousands of fish in the creek. It was quite an experience to see the bears play with the fish and then eat just the skin and brains and the eggs of the female.
It was a rest day today and we gave the bikes a good clean and check over. The bikes have in the Wunderlich blue filters which were caked with dust and dirt from the gravel roads. All that we needed to do was wash them out and spray them up and put them back in the bikes.
Saturday and another great riding day to Smithers. En route we stopped at Kitwanga to see the old totem poles.
Sunday and we are now on Highway 16 to Prince George. The road is busier but still runs through beautiful scenery and many lakes.
Mondays destination today is Jasper and the start of the Rocky Mountains. We had a wonderful view of Mount Robson on the way into Jasper. Jasper is a main tourist centre, surrounded by stunning mountains and is in the middle of Jasper National Park.
Tuesday and a day off today to explore Jasper.
Wednesday and onward to Radium Hot Springs. In front of us 223 miles. It was raining when we left Jasper and along the Icefields Parkway, heavy sleet descended. Then as we descended the sun came out. We diverted up to Lake Louise, with a huge chateau hotel at the top and then on through Kootenay National Park – great twisties!
Thursday and another 225 miles today to Waterton Park. It is our last night in Canada. Once again, beautiful scenery in Alberta. We did an optional ride to Head Smashed In Buffalo Jump, a place where the Indians used to herd the buffalo over the edge of a cliff, were they were butchered to provide food and clothing.
Friday and one of the best days so far. Back into the USA and Glacier National Park in Montana. Words cannot describe the scenery; you just have to come here and ride it yourself. I think the whole group were in awe at its splendour. The Going to the Sun Road was fantastic. We spent the night in Bigfork where we enjoyed some local Montana hospitality. Even the barman was buying us pitchers of beer! What a great day.
Saturday and a long day of 325 miles to Livingston and the edge of Yellowstone National Park. A brilliant ride through Helena National Forest with lots of sweeping bends. A bikers paradise.