Sunday 24 June, 2012

Day 10 – Kamloops to Jasper


The weather again called for rain, and again it was a gorgeous, sunny day until the minute I arrived in Jasper when it began the most halfhearted of drizzles. The clerk at the hotel gave me some good advice on speed traps north of town, all of which proved to be accurate. I had a [...]


The weather again called for rain, and again it was a gorgeous, sunny day until the minute I arrived in Jasper when it began the most halfhearted of drizzles. The clerk at the hotel gave me some good advice on speed traps north of town, all of which proved to be accurate.
I had a great coffee at Grind on Victoria St. then hit the road.

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Heading out of Kamloops it occurred to me why the scenery seemed so familiar. It resembles life size model train landscapes. The tall, soft hills with sparse trees and multicolored ground cover looked like I was miniaturized and let loose in the best HO train set ever made. The many trains that I saw only added to the illusion.

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The road was pleasant and mostly clear. It had lots of gentle, sweeping curves. I missed the more technical roads from the coastal region. I’ll have to seek some out after Edmonton.

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I met a fellow motorcyclist, Chad, in Valemount when I stopped for gas and lunch. Chad was from Edmonton and had just been to Seattle on his Suzuki VStrom 650. It was his first year riding and he told me of his adventures on the gravel roads of Washington and Alberta. Again, more useful info on law enforcement from Jasper to Edmonton.

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The road leading into the park had some spectacular mountain views and just inside the park I saw a big bear. He was running along the road and matched his speed for a bit. Amazing!

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The town of Jasper is a standard tourist trap, and it’s super expensive. Tomorrow I’ll check out the park.

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