South-Central Alberta Tour
We spent the week after the summer solstice doing a “super-tour” of south-central Alberta. Our definition of a super-tour is to travel light, stay in motels, eat in restaurants, and ride 150 to 200 km a day for at least part of the tour.
The goals of the trip were to see part of the country we’d never been to, train for the Rocky Mtn 1200, and visit the Canadian Badlands and “Dinosaur Central” around Drumheller.
The trip went like this:
- Sat 21-Jun-08: Vancouver to Calgary
- Sun 22-Jun-08: Calgary to Banff - 137 km
- Mon 23-Jun-08: Banff to David Thompson Resort - 186 km
- Tue 24-Jun-08: David Thompson Resort to Sundre - 218 km
- Wed 25-Jun-08: Sundre to Drumheller - 175 km
- Thu 26-Jun-08: Drumheller - 13 km
- Fri 27-Jun-08: Red Deer River Valley - 61 km (DJL), 97 km (SEA)
- Sat 28-Jun-08: Drumheller to Calgary - 138 km
- Sun 29-Jun-08: Calgary to Vancouver
We may get some journal entries posted when time allows, and perhaps even some photos. For now, the Calgary to Banff link is a teaser.
Calgary to Banff
Epic Day! All uphill and into a wind that was often 30 km/hr. A little rain at Cochrane after our morning coffee break. Buffet lunch with amazing planked salmon at Nakoda Lodge (83 km). Wind eased some as we left our afternoon snack stop in Canmore. The ride along the wide shoulder once we entered Banff National Park was nice.