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Old 07-09-2014, 07:21 PM   #46
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I recognize those vintage bikes! The Matchless is stunning....got a pic of it at Sonoma Raceway in May somewhere.....

Those guys actually ride their vintage iron!
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Old 07-12-2014, 12:10 AM   #47
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Austin to Banff on a Tiger 800XC

Got way lost in southern Alberta and ended up east of Calgary then rolling through downtown. A nice gentleman and his wife on a Harley had me follow them to the right route to Canmore. It was a comedy of epic proportions. Canadians SUCK at giving directions.

Arrived in Canmore at sunset. The sunset was like nothing I've ever seen. Deep orange rays shooting out over the mountains in the distance. Unfortunately out of four cameras I'm carrying, all of them had dead batteries by the time I got there. Maybe I'll catch one in the next few days.

Got the tour of Canmore and Banff this morning. Rode the gondola up Sulfur Mountain. Crowded and touristy but what a view. Pricey ticket but way worth it and locals get a 50% discount. And the Banff springs hotel is cool.

Then we made a half-assed attempt at fishing at dusk and watched a spectacular moonrise. The pictures kind of suck and definitely don't do it justice. No fish were harmed.

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Old 07-12-2014, 12:20 AM   #48
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I recognize those vintage bikes! The Matchless is stunning....got a pic of it at Sonoma Raceway in May somewhere.....



Those guys actually ride their vintage iron!

Indeed they do. Ron ended up at my campsite in the first place to ask a local about a water crossing.

A water crossing on a 55 BSA.
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Old 07-12-2014, 12:35 AM   #49
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A lot of us in Canmore on ADV. If you need any help, just ask for one of the crazy adventure bike riders at the Canmore Fire Hall. Anyone there will point you our way.

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Old 07-12-2014, 12:42 AM   #50
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A few places to not miss. Ride the gravel from Canmore up the Spray valley. The back way to Kananaskis. You will connect to highway 40 and are on pavement back to highway #1. From Canmore around and back is about 2 hours or so.
Ride to lake Louise and Morraine lake. You'll need 3 hours round trip for that
From lake Louise to Jasper on highway 93 north. 4-5 hours. That will blow your mind! Do not miss this road. The views are so sweet. Jasper is great, slower than Banff with less tourists. A quaint town.

Enjoy your trip
I live in Canmore
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Old 07-12-2014, 07:20 AM   #51
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Yep, my. Buddy's touring me around caging it. I'm going to take a couple of rides but mostly he's wanting to drive me around. And that's cool by me after 8 days of swamp ass riding. Everything you mentioned is on the list. We did a ride to Spray Lakes yesterday. I might go back and fish up there. Ice fields and lake Louise are on the list.

If you want to get together and have a beer or something let me know. And if you know any knowledgeable fishermen that might like to guide a n00b yank, I'd love some guidance, but the guide services here are way too expensive for my cheap ass. The beers would be on me though.

Thanks for the suggestions.
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Old 07-12-2014, 07:36 AM   #52
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Spectacularly awesome reading about your adventure! Enjoy every minute and stay safe.
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Old 07-12-2014, 07:00 PM   #53
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Thanks. I'm having a blast. No motorcycle adventures yet. First few days I'm a passenger caging it as a tourist. We did lake Louise and moraine lake today. They were awesome despite the crowds. I usually hate crowds but the locations were so beautiful I could let it go.

I have had Tim Hortons, shopped at Canadian Tire and met a Mountie today.






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Old 07-13-2014, 05:41 PM   #54
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Once you've asked a Canadian for directions a few times you realize you never want to ever ask a Canadian for directions again.

How do I get to Canmore?

Canmore? Why on earth do ya wanna go there?

I'm going to fish the Bow river.

Well ya know Banff is nicer you should go up there, eh.

Please just point towards Canmore.

We'll now there's a few different ways of getting there.

Just tell me the fastest way.

We'll you go back about 25 kilometers and take 22 north.

Are there signs?

No. There's no signs, but ya know there's a fire down the valley?

Yeah I saw that.

We'll ya wanna start lookin for the turn after you pass the fire.

Does that take me to Canmore?

OH no, you're gonna wanna take the One. But Banff is nicer and you really outta go to Lake Louise while you're up that way, eh?

So ya came all the way up from Texas, ya say?

Yeah.

Yeah then you don't wanna miss Lake Louise.

Ad infinitum.
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We have our first victim.



Not a bad fishing spot.

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Old 07-14-2014, 10:52 PM   #56
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Old 07-15-2014, 10:17 AM   #57
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Austin to Banff on a Tiger 800XC

Day 5 in Banff. Hasn't been much motorcycle adventuring. Mostly fishing and touring. My host is not a rider, so if we go somewhere we're caging it. There's a large fire in the park that has the Ice Field Parkway closed or restricted for an estimated 5 days. Really disappointed about that. They are trying to keep it open from 7 am to 2 pm but I don't think we can get there and back in that time frame. Bummer.

I did a stupid thing and scratched up the face shield of my helmet. Luckily the Canadian distributor is in Edmonton and managed to hook me up with a dealer about an hour away and a new one should be ready for pickup today. I'm going to take the opportunity to ride the scenic route (1A) to pick it up. I came in on the freeway so this will be a nice alternative, I hope.

Saturday there will a Supermoon. I might have to stay for that. Was planning on riding out that day. Caught a breathtaking moonrise over the mountain peaks the other day while knee deep fishing in the Bow River. The picture just doesn't do it justice.





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Old 07-15-2014, 04:08 PM   #58
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Sounds like you're having a blast up there. Beautiful territory up there, thanks for the pics!
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Old 07-15-2014, 07:24 PM   #59
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I've been a little light on the pics, but there will be a retrospective with more when I get home. And I have tons of GoPro vids to sift through. Looks like they captured a couple of my desert tip overs.

Today was scheduled maintenance day. I want to give a huge shout out to Summit Motorsports in Canmore for letting me use their shop and their lift to do an oil change. So much nicer than having to do it on asphalt outside. It wasn't exactly free. Let's just say there will be some heavy drinking tonight on me.

Tomorrow we are going to attempt to get to the ice fields in a cage. The road is supposed to be open from 7am to 2 pm. If open were going to have to book it up there, get a look and haul ass back. Damn fire.

Friday I'm going to hop on the Tiger and zip around the mountains and hit some natural hot springs. Really looking forward to that one.


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Old 07-15-2014, 11:22 PM   #60
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While I was at Summit an English bloke came by and I was telling him about my tip overs in Moab. He knew the exact sand washes where I went down. I told him about my broken brake lever and he gave me two useful tips. They may be old hat but were new to me:

1) Zip-tie spare levers to your frame. They'll always be there when you need them

2) use a hacksaw to cut 2/3s of the way through your levers near the tip. That's where they will break in a tip over and the lever will still mostly be there and usable.

3) run a spare brake and clutch cable alongside the functioning ones so swapping them is easily and quickly done.

OK that's 3. I'm bad at math.

Great tips for the next treacherous adventure.
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