Monday, June 29, 2015

Day 11 - Jasper Natl Park (Saturday)

Due to all of the mosquitos at the McBride campground, I decided to go ahead and try my luck at finding a campsite within Jasper Natl Park. It looked grim when I paid my $20 entry fee as there was a posted list of campgrounds and all of them were labled as full. The gate attendant pointed out that the only ones listed are the ones that take reservations. All of the other campgrounds are first come first served. I turned into Honeymoon Lake campground which is about half way between Jasper and the Icefield Centre.

As I had figured, the roads are packed with tourists but I lucked out at finding a campsite as two cyclists were just heading out. BTW, lots of cyclists on the road. The Icefield Parkway must be one of those "must do" things for cyclists. So far, it isn't too impressive except for the view of Mount Robson from the entrance to the provincial park. Lots of RVs driving through the campground so I'm glad that I stopped when I did. There's just enough of a breeze and clouds to make it a very pleasant afternoon.

It was very warm while riding with temperatures in the mid-80s to low 90s (°F). Now it's shorts and one of those "tech" shirts under the RC. It is still warm but no different than on my last trip. I'm glad that the RC isn't a dark color. Another rider at the campground last night reminded me of the importance of drinking enough water. I must admit that I hadn't given it much thought. He also told me about a moto-campground in BC called Toad something. I may have to go look for that over the next week. He was from Calgary and was just riding to Hyder and back over a long weekend. At Ural speed, that would be a long trip. On his Wee-Strom, 4 days.

The Icefield Parkway makes the claim of "The Most Beautiful Road in the World". That's quite the claim. I look forward to seeing the glaciers tomorrow.

This won't get posted until I get back to someplace with wi-fi so I may lump in multiple days in one post.

 

12 comments:

Artie & Leinen's Grand Adventure said...

So you posted Saturday's on Monday. When do we get Sunday and Monday's post? There are bad fires in Washington right now. I'm looking forward to talking with you tonight.

VStar Lady said...

Richard, that's Canada for you - gotta pack all the tourists into two months. The scenery looks amazing. Glad you found a spot amid the RVs to spend the night.

RichardM said...

Sunday is tonight and today's is tomorrow morning. I think...

RichardM said...

The scenery in BC is fantastic. But I think everyone and there brother is on the road plus it's road construction season.

David Masse said...

Man, 80's and 90's.

We're in Maine. We were lucky to hit 70.

I'll be going to Jasper Park Lodge in October. Not sure if you're anywhere near there.

I'm waiting for pics of mountain goats and elk. Ride safely!

RichardM said...

I don't think I saw a single animal while in Jasper or Banff. Too many tourists maybe.

I'm not sure where the Jasper Park Lodge is but there are some pretty nice places in the area.

Today, it barely hit mid-60s.

Artie & Leinen's Grand Adventure said...

Monday is tonight. You and I talked on the phone about the kitchen light on Monday night.

Martha said...

First, thank you for not using an apostrophe in "RVs". Pet peeve.

Stunning area. That third scene is magnificent. Any foodie experiences to share?

Unknown said...

Wow, impressive is right: Mount Robson's bulk and sheer sides make it look mighty imposing. And that sawtooth ridge in the third pic is pretty cool too. Good stuff, man.

RichardM said...

No food experience worth sharing. I'm pretty much just picking up stuff in small grocery stores along the way and for the most part, still using food that I brought from home. RV is, doesn't make sense to me either…

RichardM said...

I had taken pictures of Mt. Robson before but didn't know where it was. Sort of got lost in all of the other photos.

Trobairitz said...

I am playing catch up on the trip. We used to take the Ice field parkway when headed to Edmonton from Penticton. It was preferable to going into Calgary and up Highway 2.

I figured you'd be hitting warm weather. Glad the Stich isn't too hot.