We did not get eaten by bears last night, but it was pretty close. As we were packing the bikes this morning, a couple of park rangers came out of the bushes near or campsite. They thought we were just arriving, and wanted to make sure that we knew there were a couple of bears in the area feeding on berries. I guess we didn’t look berry-like last night.
Our start time seems to be 9a every day, because that’s when we hit the road again. It was a bit cooler out this morning, so I wore my down jacket underneath my motorcycle gear and opted for my heavier gloves.
Our first wildlife viewing came very early on in the ride. About a half mile down the road from the campground, there was a big black bear walking down the middle of the road. He didn’t seem to like is, and ran into the bushes before I could get a picture. Motorcycle don’t look like berries either…
The first half of our ride today was heading north through Alberta to Longview. This area is where the plains meet the Ricky mountains. Much of the ride looked like this picture.
Today was also eclipse day, and I brought a couple of pairs of eclipse glasses. We pulled over on the side of the highway and stared at the soon like a couple of dorks for about half an hour. At the peak, the sun was about 80% eclipsed. It never got very dark, the light just turned a bit orange.
After Longview, we cut over to highway 40 and into the mountains again. This was a very cool road to ride, with big, jagged mountains on both sides.
Panorama at one of our rest stops.
We also passed several small herds of Rocky Mountain Sheep. The largest group was blocking the road. I did a screen grab from my 360 fly from the drive by.
After highway 40, we started heading west on Highway 1 toward Banff and Lake Louise. This was a four lane road that didn’t seem quite as scenic as highway 40, but it was still pretty cool.
We pulled into the hotel at Lake Louise, and this is the view from the parking lot.
First hotel of the trip! Which means I got my first shower since leaving, and boy did it feel good.
We hooked up with some friends from back home for beer and dinner. Kinda cool that our schedules randomly had us here at the same time.
Tomorrow we’ll be heading up to Jasper, hopefully will get some more good pics.