The trip so far
We're currently sitting at the Tourist Info office in Grand prairie, AB, CAN waiting for a free buffolo bbq & Jess is changing her oil. I'll give a brief update on what we've been doing & then try to get some pics up.
We made it from Seattle to Cashmere, WA the first day & stayed with ADV rider Mike & his 4 dogs. Thanks Mike!
We then rode Hwy 2 across WA with a detour up to Grand Coullee Dam & on to Couer D'Alene, WA where 2 of my cousins live. We spent 5 nights there. Saw a 4th of July parade, went sailing (got stuck on the lake when the engine & wind quite), rode quads (Jess's 1st time) and generally had a good time with the side of my family from TX I haven't seen in 15 years.
From there we rode 3 hours to Yahk, BC where my cousins have a cabin. We got searched at the border for 45 minutes. I don't know why CAN is the hardest country of the 40 odd I've been to to get into. We did a couple floats on the Moyie river, booze cruise style. Another 5 nights there before heading norht to Kimberly dodging thunderstorms. A night hobo camping outside Kimberly then on to Alberta (AB). We rode Hwy 3 to Ft MacLeod & went to Head Smashed in Buffolo Jump. My headlights had cut out somewhere around the CAN broder so we holed up for the night in an abandoned farm.
The next day we avoided a massive storn over Calgary with golf ball size hail & funnel clouds. We met & stayed with a local couple, Chris & Brenda, who managed a camp ground/RV park.
I sent a timely post on ADVRider & Calrider, who I met at the Horizons Unlimited event in Nakusp, BC offered to put us up for a night in Calgary. One night turned into 5 as we had so much fun with him & his girlfriend. Went on our 3 float, did some riding, Jess & I made the town, & we did the Calgary Stampede. I highly recommend it.
From there we rode to Dorothy & then up river through the Badlands. Spent the night for free just across the ferry. From there rode towards Banf & got dumped on. Hobo camped again & had breakfast in Banf. Had a soggy ride up the 93 & camped south of Jasper at the first site we've paid for. Hwy 93 is known as the Icefields Parkway & is staggeringly beautiful. Jess came up with the word Splendiferous to describe it.
We made it NE of jasper onto Hwy 40 and camped up a logging road last night.
I'll post this so I don't lose it.