Monday, April 21, 2008

2007 Tour - Cowboy Trail and Banff

The following morning we backtracked a little to find a secondary route that was closer to the mountains and hopefully less windy! We rode out of town on asphalt that quickly turned to gravel. Had I been faster with the camera, or more comfortable riding in loose gravel I would have gotten some great photos along that road. There were old time farms, stunning river valleys, and a herd of deer in the middle of the road!

After a while we hit asphalt again, and realized we were on the Alberta Cowboy Trail and had the pleasure of watching a real cowboy cattle round-up. Unfortunately they were too far off the road to get a good shot. We also drove by a truck flinging $hit all over a field, fertilizer I guess, but the smell was nasty! Also passed by a fence where every post for half a mile or more had a baseball cap on it. Strange, but cool!

Today we also rode the Icefields Parkway through Banff, Lake Louise, and Jasper! This is mountain scenery not to be missed. Some of the photos would have been nicer with less snow, but oh well. It reminded us that we are still travelling pretty early in the season. After a long spectacular ride, we called it a day in a KOA in Hinton, Alberta. It was cold and rainy when we pulled in, so the cabin looked to good to pass up. We ate dinner and showered then reloaded the bikes for an early departure.

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