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Old 12-26-2013, 10:15 PM   #1
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5 National Parks in 1 Day (3 day rip)

It's Boxing Day and I have been promising friends and family a few photos of my September ride. I could make list of why I procrastinate but I'd never get around to it.

Its 2 months after Owen chopped off the top half of his thumb cleaning the chain on his bike and it is healed up pretty good so we headed out for a quick rip through Alberta and BC. We were to meet up in Jasper then headed south on the Icefields Hwy.

Beauty start for Day 1: PG to Jasper...

Look Ma! Mt Robson came out to play today, no clouds!

(All pics of day 1)
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Old 12-26-2013, 11:17 PM   #2
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5 National Parks and 1 Wrecked V-rod

Day 2: Another beauty day and too many pictures,

Left Jasper (NP1) heading south in the early morning and quickly jumped onto 93A the old highway, its not very long but well worth the ride. Narrower and twistier;

The waterfalls at the end of the old highway, Athabasca Falls

Me at Columbia Glacier

Entering Banff NP2

Just passed this stretched limo towing a U-haul trailer and a pair of bull horns on the hood ?? Did this guy shoot JR?

After a fuel and food stop in Lake Louise its back into BC and into Yoho NP3. Again Lake Lousie was crazy busy but not nearly as bad as July. Mountain in the way, remove it...

Glacier NP4

Mt Revelstoke NP5 and then south from Revelstoke on Hwy 23 to Arrow Lake ferry

Many a bike waiting, folks from California, Washington state, BC, AB, were represented, pretty cool to talk to most of them and learn where they were from and where theh were going.

The outcome of too much bravado and too little brains. Fortunately very lucky rider, unlucky bike. He was slow leaving the ferry but was trying to blow past us all half way up the hill. I saw him coming up behind me and moved well over to the fog line, he passed me just at the apex of the curve and the end of the passing lane, he was leaning hard enough over that he lifted the rear tire off the ground and things went sideways from there. He and the bike stayed on the low side until they hit the barrier, the bike bounced off the barrier flipped over and head back across the highway, the rider had lost most of his speed (and shoes, gloves, leather, demin and some skin) when hit the barrier and came to a stop there. Beyond damage to the bike, skin, and pride he likely sprained or broke his ankle and brusied or broke a rib or 2. Overall I think he got off lucky, he might not agree...
The black dotted line is the V-rods touchdown points, way up at the end of the barriers on the opposite side of the road is where the bike almost made it too. Fortunately for those few seconds there was no car traffic either direction. We cleared the wreck off the road and some good people took the rider to the hospital in Revelstoke. Sad this ends up as the highlight of Day 2. Stupid is as...

South along Arrow Lake to Nakusp where we stopped for the night

All pics of day 2;
Coming back to where you started is not the same as never leaving - Terry Pratchett

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Old 12-27-2013, 05:03 AM   #3
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What a beautiful area to ride. Or wreck. Looking forward to more of the first.
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Old 12-28-2013, 04:54 PM   #4
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Icefields Parkway was one of the highlites of our trip to Alaska from Texas and back. Vancouver Island is in my opinion, one of the coolest places on earth, well at least in summer...
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Old 12-28-2013, 05:39 PM   #5
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Cool stuff ME Keep it coming,I hope to take the wife through Canada in the next year or two.

Got to start her out with some shorter trips first.
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Old 12-28-2013, 05:51 PM   #6
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nice pics hope to make my way thru there in June
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Old 12-29-2013, 08:12 AM   #7
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Great ride
I really gotta get my passport, lots of Canada to explore.
Thanks for taking us along
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