Jasper to Banff Bike Ride, The Second Posting For The Last Day – The Pictures

Perhaps you will sense a different feeling to this post when compared to the earlier ones from the ride.  Of course, one of the reasons this post is different is because of what I did to myself at the end of the day.  The other reason is more sentimental.  I want to acknowledge my travel companions. The focus is not just on the scenery but on the people who accompanied me.  I am going to break my own unspoken rule and specifically mention names.  I am hoping that nobody minds.  We start in the morning as we get ready to depart Lake Louise.

Being his usual helpful self, Rick had packed our luggage into the back of Ben’s van for the last day’s ride. He was quite proud of his effort.   Rick also did his bit to keep us entertained as we rode every day.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere is Ben giving us instructions for the last day.   Ben was very thorough in his support.  Go ahead and take a tour with him at Mountain Madness Tours.  You will not be disappointed!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAWe had been riding thus far on the Icefields Parkway.  From now on we are on the Bow Valley Parkway.  The funny thing is that my bear sighting was pretty soon after we saw this sign. OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe road ran beside the Bow River.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAHere is a picture of the riders on the move.  You may notice that the road markings here are very different from those encountered on the Icefields Parkway.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA freight train awaits beside the road.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAKoushik, the heart and soul of our riding team.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAOne way to smell the flowers, perhaps on another planet (get it!?).OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERANancy and Stacy, old college mates.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABen in his vehicle, after overtaking one of the riders.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAI stopped with KP at a memorial point for the Castle Camp internment camp.  Even though this episode happened during WW1, it is not difficult to imagine something like this happening even  in our modern times.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe last paragraph in the wayside marker for the internment camp below reads “In total, eight thousand five hundred and seventy-nine men became prisoners of war in twenty-four camps located across Canada during the internment operations of 1914-1920.  Most were foreign nationals, a few were British subjects or Canadian citizens.  The majority were non-combatant, unemployed civilians – victims of the 1913 depression, racial prejudice and wartime hysteria. Many of the internees came from western regions of Ukraine, then a part of the Austro-Hungarian Empire.”OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAStacy, Nancy and Sally.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThe Bow river.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERABen’s van and trailer at the last stopping point.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAResting before the last push.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERASally and Bob, our riding leaders.  They were the youngest and the oldest in the group. Bob, a former triathlete, took on the hills we encountered as if he was on a mission. Sally was not too far behind.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAA squirrel observing the goings-on at this last stop.OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERAThis was the last picture I found on the camera after the trip.  I did not take this picture.  The time stamp on the picture leads me to believe that it was taken after I fell off the bike.  I suspect that Bob, who had retrieved the camera and eventually delivered it to my home, took a picture to see if the camera was working. A great picture from that perspective.  The camera ended up in better shape than I did!OLYMPUS DIGITAL CAMERA That was the end of the ride, but not the end of my adventures.

If it’s Saturday once again, it is time to head back home

This was the last day of our wanderings before we headed back down to Massachusetts.

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Well known, and somewhat historical, breakfast place. In Sugar Hill in the Franconia Notch area
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Bridge across the Pemigewasset River river on the trail to the Flume Gorge
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Trail up the Flume Gorge
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In the sometimes heavy rain!
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Sentinel Pine Bridge and Pool on the Flume Gorge trail
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Sentinel Pine Bridge
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Storm Clouds over the mountains
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Rocky Gorge area, Swift River, next to the Kancamagus Highway
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The Swift River

And thus our adventures on this vacation come to an end!

If it’s Friday, we must be visiting Vermont

We spent a significant part of the day in Montpelier, the capital of Vermont.

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Main Street in Montpelier
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North Branch of the Winooski river flows through Montpelier
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Court House in Montpelier
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A local book store
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The Vermont State House
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Mural of The First Vermont Brigade at the Battle of Cedar Creek by Julian Scott (in the State House)
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The Winooski river
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At the Ben and Jerry’s factory in Waterbury, VT
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Out in the countryside in Vermont

We headed back in the evening to our motel in New Hampshire.

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Covered bridge over the Ammonoosuc River in Littleton, NH
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Restaurant for the Schilling brewery in Littleton, NH

And then it was time for us to rest up for the last day of our travels in New England.

Visiting small towns like Montpelier reminds you that places that are far removed from the nation’s major centers of commerce, politics, and business, can follow a different and perhaps more relaxed pace of life, away from the hustle and bustle of it all.  I get the sense that more people are likely to be happy and content with what life offers them in places like this.

And if it’s Saturday once again….

If it’s Thursday, we must be in Montreal

We drove from Littleton in New Hampshire to Montreal in the morning and returned the same evening.  It was a long day of driving, and the weather did not cooperate, but we made it.

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Atwater Market
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National flags on Sherbrooke Street
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The Meeting, by Chinese sculptor Wang Shugang, on the grounds of McGill University
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Open space in front of Mount Royal Chalet with a view of Montreal
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Downtown Montreal from the open space in front of the Mount Royal Chalet
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Olympic Stadium from Mount Royal
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The older parts of Montreal appear to have a lot of murals on the buildings
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Saint-Jean-Baptiste Church (Montreal is full of huge old catholic churches)
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Restaurant and store fronts
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Entrance to Village au Pied-du-Courant

We covered about 8 miles on foot and spent most of our time walking.  We realized too late that we really needed a few days to do the city justice.  The Montreal Jazz festival  was actually underway, but we were unable to catch a performance.

And if it’s Friday….

 

If it’s Wednesday, we must be climbing Mt. Washington in the White Mountains

We drove up Mt. Washington, and visited a few waterfalls today.

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Our Bed and Breakfast place in Gorham, NH, in the morning
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Start of the climb up Mt. Washington (yes, there is a tollbooth!)
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Weather at the top of Mt. Washington as indicated on the tollbooth
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A cog railway train on Mt. Washington
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Summit of Mt. Washington
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Storms brew as we descend Mt. Washington
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Waterfall near the AMC Headquarters at Pinkham Notch
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Glen Ellis Falls
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Arethusa Falls

We stayed the next three nights in Littleton, NH, near Franconia Notch in the White Mountains.

And if its’ Thursday….

If it’s Tuesday, we must be on our way to the White Mountains of New Hampshire

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Morning at our motel near Acadia (sunrise happened too early for us to be able to make it to Cadillac Mountain)
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Hike for the morning in Acadia National Park
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A section of the climb up Champlain Mountain
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Beaver Dam Pond, The Jackson Laboratory, Bar Harbor and Bar Island as we climb
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On Champlain Mountain
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Following the cairns for the trail on the way down (the trail head is next to the pond)
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Section of trail on the way back
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Lunch stop
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Stormy sky on the way to the White Mountains
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Our place for the night

And if it’s Wednesday….

If it’s Monday, we must be visiting Mt. Desert Island

Spent most of the day in Acadia National Park.

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Breakfast from a nearby bakery consumed in the park on Thomson Island
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The Beehive Trail that Angela took
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View of Otter Cove
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On Gorham Mountain
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View into Newport Cove
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Otter Cliff in the distance
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Hiking down Gorham Mountain
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Hiking down Gorham Mountain
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Near Thunder Hole
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Otter Cove
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Jordan Pond
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View from Acadia Jordan Pond House
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Northeast Harbor
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View from Bass Harbor Head Lighthouse

And if its’ Tuesday