I screwed up today. I planned to camp between
Canmore and Calgary. I almost made it to Calgary
before I found something, but I was not a happy
All day there were heavy winds. When it was
headwinds it'd slow me to 11 km/h. When it was
tailwinds I'd be at 30 km/h, but it mostly swirled.
All day I had rain to my left and my right. I could
see it coming down. The road was wet but it did not
rain on me today. I guarantee it will tonight. It
will test my tent which is getting moldy from dew
at Sicamous. As I hurry to write, I see rain about
1 km away.
Coming into Banff I saw an elk. At Banff today I
saw everything. I saw a loaded tandem bike touring
couple. I saw a recumbent loaded touring biker and
several like me. I really had not seen that many
thus far, but Banff is filled with them.
To start my day I biked up a hill to see Lake
Louise. At this point I didn't feel it was worth
the effort. It sounds silly, because of course I
have to see Lake Louise. But it's just a lake,
similar to other's I've seen along the way.
Banff is a cute place but hard to find anything.
I searched for a Subway for a long time, but
settled for a Wendy's Pita.
Outside of Banff I caught up with a loaded
touring Japanese cyclist, Kanaishou(sp?). I
traveled with him briefly but he was going to camp
at 3:30. Maybe I should have too because I went too
far for my liking in windy cool weather. Coming out
of the rockies the ground gets flatter and flatter.
I passed Exshaw which seemed to be some sort of
large mining operation. In a way I am looking
forward to the prairies and hope for strong
This campground is beside an amusement park.