Wednesday we had a cold but mainly dry run into the pretty (damned expensive) town of Jasper, it is like Pitlochry really, nice setting and pandering to the tourist dollar. Jasper is in the national park so we had to pay $20 for the privilege of visiting, the following day i was pretty fed up when we found we had to pay another $40 to stay in Lake Louise and Banff as they are also still in the park. I think we are missing a trick in Scotland, we have great scenery and we let people see it for free, I propose tollbooth's on the A9 & A82 for the tourists, how do you think that would go down. Depending on your beliefs God created the world, I wonder if he gets his cut, how can you charge just to ride through "nice scenery"? rant over but for $60 I want to complain that I'd have preferred sunshine, can I get a discount for not seeing the tops of the mountains?
Our night in the campsite at Lake Louise was good apart from the rain that started around 4pm and was still on when we left this morning, nice campsite and complete with a electric fence to stop us becoming bear food, helps you sleep slightly better!
Today the massive 39 miles to Banff and into a hotel booked by our new pal Neville (Black Fly) from Calgary who we will see tomorrow for a few beers, we are moving tomorrow to stay with his brother Kevin, (Yellow Jacket) in Calgary
Its been a week of just getting the miles in and we have done just that, over 2000 Miles this week has put us back on track and takes the trip so far to just over 24000 Miles.
|Posh Hotel in Prince George, easy gear moving using the trolley|
|Suprprised to see Edinburgh Beer up here|
|Sharing a story and a dram with Rhidian|
|Another Gas stop, another sandwich for lunch and mediocre coffee|
|Near Jasper, $20 to be allowed to look at the scenery|
|I want my money back, canny see the top!|
|Strange Rock formations|
|More Glaciers (of course)|
|Sun trying to break through|
|Drying the tent out before getting it soaked again|
|Electric fence makes you sleep soundly (almost)|
|Banff welcome sign....not twinned with the real one?|
|Pretty but no more spectacular than home really and the same weather|