There be Mountains in Them There Hills

So WordPress once again deleted my post, it’s always the good ones. This is very frustrating, so this version probably won’t be as complete. I would highly recommend another site if you are posting from an Android device.

So we left off at the rest area just before the Alberta border…

We continued on our way and made it to Alberta.

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Our first stop was Medicine Hat. We had been corresponding with Bonnie and Doug. They weren’t sure if they would be around when we got there. However when we arrived Doug was home. After we had showers and Doug had treated us to a wonderful dinner, including vegetables from their garden, we spent a few hours chatting. Doug and Bonnie have been on many tours and Doug shared some stories. After a few hours of conversation we called it a night. The next day we were on our way, but first some photos of their awesome garden.

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Today we had to stop for a photo op along the way.

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Near the end of the day we ran into Jin.

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Jin is from Korea and was biking from Kelowna to Toronto. We spent some time talking with him before we moved on. We slept behind an out of business store in Purple Springs.

The next morning before we had hit the road we met Will.

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Will has been biking across the world for two years (carryoncycling.com). We spent some time chatting and discussing road conditions. Then it was time to get on the road.

We made it to Lethbridge today. Since it was probably our last chance to get our provincial beer we started looking for a pub. Luckily we found one that served some beer from Calgary.

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We enjoyed the first round courtesy of our friend Kaleb! He was there in spirit and we made sure to leave him a bunch of voicemails while he was at work.

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Lethbridge was an interesting place with some interesting people.

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We had been talking to Drew about a place to stay in Lethbridge. His dad (Don) lived there, but we had not been able to get a hold of him. Drew told us to go ahead and stay at his place anyway. So we went there, showered up, and we’re getting ready for bed when Don showed up. He told us he was going to spend the night at his girlfriends and to make ourselves at home. We told him that we felt like we were kicking him out of his own home, but he insisted. Before he left we discussed our route and previous trips Don had been on. He has been on a bike tour every year for the last 26 years!

Once again at the crack of noon we were off. Later in the day we met Glen.

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Glen works for foreign affairs. He is on a motorcycle tour, after which he goes back to work for a day and then retires. We hung around for a while and talked to Glen about many things. Good luck in all your future endeavours Glen!

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Since we had a late start we had to cycle till it was dark in order to make it to Pincher Station. We slept next to the railroad tracks, not the best nights sleep we have had.

We got up today knowing that we were about to enter the mountains! So we got back on the road. We biked through the Frank Slide, which the highway goes right through.

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Finally we were in the mountains!

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Eventually we even made it to BC.

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And climbed our first summit.

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We decided to push on and got a little West of Sparwood. We stayed at a rest area. Pete made a new friend.

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That night we celebrated our arrival in BC with our new friend Ed, as well as a couple bottles of wine. Ed was a fantastic viola player and treated us to some tunes.

The next morning Ed was off, but we decided to take a day off. While we were sitting at a picnic table a transport truck clipped a parked RV. No one was hurt, luckily the RVs were rentals. The nice German couple offered us a cold drink and we helped them fill out the accident form. The day was getting on so we headed down to the river.

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We spent much of the day here, enjoying the view and the ice cold water.

Today we biked 18km to Fernie. We stopped at the Fernie Brewing Company to grab our local brew. While there we found out about the music festival, so after some deliberations we decided to stay. We found Marcus and he offered his hospitality. We met his wife Anique (hope I spelled it right) and their son Noah. They fed us and are just amazing!

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So here we are at the Wapita music festival in Fernie, drinking local beer and making new friends. Soon enough we will be in Vancouver, perhaps a little later than we had originally planned but we will get there. The trip isn’t over yet!

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