Fast forward to a few days ago with the disastrous flood happening in Calgary, Canmore and area and having my friend stuck near the Saddledome unable to get out due to road barriers, high waters. Also, TransCanada Hwy 1 and 1a are washed out, southern Alberta near impassable our trip was almost cancelled.
Luckily Dale was able to get out of Calgary by taking a southern access route before coming North. The trip was back on.
We decided to take the northern route thru Jasper as it seemed the safest route.