We have now biked safely away from the wildfire in St. Mary’s and are now in the exact opposite weather; cold and wet. From St. Mary’s we traveled into Canada to Pincher Creek, Fernie, Fairmont Hot Springs, and now Lake Louise. Nights have been getting down into the 30’s and it’s rained almost every day since we left Montana. It definitely hasn’t been pleasant biking weather. I’ve been sleeping with 2 layers on bottom, 4 on top, thick smart wool socks, and a hat. Is it really summer?
Despite the nasty weather we still have been having a great time and can’t believe the sites we’ve seen. Alberta and British Columbia sure are beautiful, eh? We spent part of yesterday and today exploring Banff. The mountains are gorgeous and the color of the lakes and rivers isn’t like anything I’ve ever seen. It’s a cloudy turquoise that almost looks fake. We are also now REALLY in bear area. You know you’re in grizzly country when your campground is surrounded by an electric fence…
My dad and I also passed another milestone in terms of mileage. We’re now over 1500 miles and are hoping to make it to 2000, possibly 2500 but we’ll see. We crossed over the continental divide as well; 5382 feet above sea level! We also had our biggest day so far at 115 miles in one day. It’s a good thing that we’re farther north and it stays lighter for longer or else we might not have made it. I have to admit that it’s a little strange going to bed sometimes when it’s not dark yet. A 9:30 sunset sure is different.
Now we’re headed off to Jasper where the weather forecast actually looks sunny and warm for a few days. Hopefully it’s the truth! I’ll update again soon.