After yesterdays clear blue skies and hot, this morning was heavy overcast and very light rain. After quickly packing up the camp before things really got wet, I headed for Lake Louise. Here is the poor view of the lake from a small bridge by the hotel. Like many other locations within Banff, this place was overrun with tourists and enough cars to justify parking attendants. After taking a few photos (none of them came out due to the low clouds) I headed out of the parking lot. And the bike seemed noisier than usual and there was quite a bit of "popping" in the exhaust on the right cylinder.
Before heading onto the highway, I stopped to investigate and saw this, a broken weld on the exhaust system. The next town was Golden, BC, and I was directed by the nice folks at the visitor's center to a local iron works shop. I stopped in and they dug around to make sure that they had the correct rod for stainless steel. I removed the exhaust header and they welded it up probably sturdier than the original weld. When I was putting on the mufflers, a bolt for the right muffler clamp broke off and after digging around, I found something that would work. But not good enough.
It started to really pour once I got back on the road and between the rain, low clouds (poor visibility), road construction, and tons of traffic, it was pretty tiring.
About twenty miles down the road, I heard a "clank". I looked down and saw that my right muffler decided it didn't want to remain attached to the bike. I stopped and eventually got the muffler back from the side of the road but the part where it slips over the manifold was deformed. It probably got run over by someone. Fortunately, I had a hammer and pry bar and eventually had the muffler sort of attached again. Not wanting it to fall off again, I ran a hook from the back to hold it forward. It doesn't slide far enough into the manifold to allow the clamp to actually do anything. But it works for now.
After all of this bending over, crawling on the ground, rain, etc. I was pretty sore and tired. I saw a sign for Canyon Hot Springs and that sounded really good. Since it was still raining, I went ahead and picked up a cabin for the night as it wasn't that much more than a campsite + swimming. And, it has Internet...