Pulling the canoe over Rogers Pass was much easier than the Blueberry Paulson up and over.I was able to ride the entire distance.Didn’t like the truck traffic along the Trans Canada though.Hopefully I will never ride that highway again.The trip to Invermere took two and half days.
On the second day I was stopped twice for photo requests.Then a park official, camera in hand, did the same.His interest differed though as he soon informed me that in his opinion I was a hazard to traffic.When I asked why he said it was because I was so long.I didn’t respond further as in my opinion he was looking to find a problem where one didn’t exist.(How then do I differ from two cyclists traveling 25 feet apart, could have been asked.)
He also expressed concern about me getting through the snow sheds – a reasonable concern and one I shared.What I didn’t know and he never mentioned is that they have snow removal access trails on the downhill side and can be easily walked around without going through.I think if his concern re the snow sheds was genuine they’d have a sign recommending that cyclists walk the outside.
Had a first flat, on the trailer, coming down from the pass.It set up an audible chatter in the canoe but didn’t affect handling at all.Nice to know.
Skunk Cabbage Boardwalk picnic site. A dry spot to spend a showery night.
Stopped to take a picture of this waterfall but lucked into the added bonus of seeing a black bear emerge from the bushes and make his way down the steep cliff.
Careful fella that’s quite a cliff.
Loop Brook railway extension stone pillars.
What you don’t see when you drive through Rogers Pass. This adjacent to the highway at the big curve a few kilometres west of the summit. I’ve never noticed this creek driving through. Barricades block the view from a car.
Second night camp spot beside the Beaver River. This was the first place on the journey to have some mosquitoes. The lack of mozzies is very strange but I’m not complaining.
Camp spot beside Highway 95 south of Golden. Nice to done with the nutso traffic on the Trans Canada.
Arrival at my son’s in Invermere. The final day from south of Golden to Invermere was tougher pedaling than the previous two due to strong south headwinds. You get pay back when you climb hills but the ratio of headwinds to tailwinds never seems fair. I started to ‘bonk’ before reaching Radium – when the tank gets empty the motor quits. I’d let the grub bag empty thinking I could buy whatever from the gas stations along the way. One such anticipated fueling stop was Edgewater. However it is located 2 km from the highway and there was no gas station at the junction. When I realized my sudden weakness was due to lack of food I ate some smoked salmon I’d intended to keep for later and a few tablespoons of coconut oil. This got me to Radium where a liter of pop sweetened the remaining miles.