Jasper to Banff in the Canadian Rockies – Arrival and Day One

And so, another biking adventure begins…

Emboldened by the success of our bike ride last year, some of us have set off on another long distance bike ride, this time in the Canadian Rockies.  This ride through the mountains promises to be more challenging than our last one even though the distances we are covering are shorter. We are riding on roads rather than trails.  The first day has been fun.  I type this from the front office of the hotel in Sunwapta Falls where I can get a reasonable wi-fi signal.  There is no guarantee that that I will be able to continue to do this going forward. We are in the middle of a Canadian National Park, and somewhat far away from the crowds.  Lets begin the story regardless of the uncertainty of my being able to complete it in a timely manner.

We began to gather over the weekend. I arrived in Edmonton on a late evening flight.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI was surprised to find that Edmonton was in the plains.   There was no distinctive feature to be seen in the surroundings.  The city is a center for the oil industry.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERATwo of us stayed at a hotel in Leduc, next to the airport.  Leduc appeared to essentially be a highway stop with a lot of motels near the airport.  The sun rises early in these parts at this time of year.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe headed for Jasper, the start of the bike ride in the morning.  It took us about three hours to get to the park, where we began to see scenes like this from the vehicle as we were traveling.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis picture was taken in Jasper. This is the support vehicle.  We had stopped to pick up some of our other riders.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere we are just outside of Jasper where we are getting ready to get on our bikes.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere we are getting instructions from Ben, our guide for the trip.  He runs an operation called the Mountain Madness tours.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd off we go! This picture was taken when we were crossing the Athabasca river.  The color of the water is due to the silt from the glaciers.  I cannot believe I am doing this!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASome of the riders in our group. We are riding along the shoulder of the road that goes from Jasper to Banff.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt a stop along the way to regroup and replenish.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt Athabasca Falls.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABen had set up a snack stop for us at the parking lot.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd we kept riding upstream along the river.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAt the Goats and Glaciers viewpoint.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERADinner at the restaurant at Sunwapta Falls. Great meal arranged by Ben!  This is where we stayed the night.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe went for a walk (turned into a hike for some of us) after dinner. This is the upper Sunwapta Falls.  The sun is beginning to set and the mountains in the background are still lit up.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThese are the lower Sunwapta Falls.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAAnd now we are getting ready for the second day of the ride.  The first day was awesome, and quite an challenge for me.  The second day is going to bring more of the same as I ride through this awesomely beautiful land amidst the mountains and beside the river, ready for whatever challenge and adventure lies ahead.  I feel so fortunate to be in this place at this time.  It is indeed an otherworldly and out-of-body experience for me in many ways, and I am so humbled by it.

Before I leave, I have to note that there was a bear sighting by others in the group.  It was apparently just walking across the road while the others were approaching.  Some of us had already gone by and missed it!  Hopefully there will be other opportunities during the next few days to see bear, mountain goats, elk, and maybe even a moose!

This is a warning to those reading, and maybe hoping to read more as the the days go by, that there is no guarantee that I will be able to continue these blogs on a regular basis, but I intend to try.  At the least I will try to catch you up on our adventures as time permits at a later date, perhaps when there is a sufficient break from the activities and a good network connection.

And please excuse any mistakes I make in the blog because of the circumstances in which I am trying to post them.  I might return to fix obvious mistakes at a later date.

Cheers!

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K. Joseph

I am an engineer by training. I am exploring new horizons after having spent many years in the Industry. My interests are varied and I tend to write about what is on my mind at any particular moment in time.

One thought on “Jasper to Banff in the Canadian Rockies – Arrival and Day One”

  1. Cool Kuria, it is lots of fun riding with you and other friends. Thanks for writing the blog. With so many beautiful sights, I would have forgotten about Goats and Glaciers, or some other detail. Many, many thanks! -Koushik

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