Stage three takes straight through the heart of the Rockies and away from the Pacific Ocean. After about 26 days of riding and over 3,000km we are finally heading east! May the winds be at our back :-D
Stage three is right about 1500km and should take us 11 or 12 days to complete. Choosing to take HWY 11 east out to Rocky Mountain House should keep us away from the busier centers of Calgary and Edmonton. I'd expect we'll be rolling in to Red Deer by about July 8 or 9. Will we be sick of the hills and happy to leave the mountains behind? The prairies will have their own challenges I'm sure. It's hard to say what adventures are in store for stage three. I can say that amazing scenery is a guarantee.
Who'da thought but Stage 2 picks up where Stage 1 left off. Whitehorse! We roll over to Watson Lake and keep heading south picking up HWY 37 through the Rockies. Call me crazy but I'm really looking forward to this part. I've heard it can be difficult for riders due to how remote the highway can be but I would almost consider that to be a welcome feature with our support truck and RV trailer it should let us relax and just enjoy the view. Hopefully we escape out of the north before the bugs get really bad.
As soon as we get to Terrace we take a bit of a detour and head west out to Prince Ruper for dip number two! This leg of the journey is about 1400km and I would expect it to take us about 10 or 11 days. Our Pacific Ocean dip should happen around June 27th.
Had some fun at work today and from the pictures it's not hard to see why I enjoy spending time in Zama. Probably for the best that I usually only come here for a week or so at a time though. Keeps it magical ;-)
We found a herd of Zama bison. Apparently they are the imported larger wood bison variety. I think my lense did pretty good at 10x zoom and the heli shaking like crazy.
Have you ever seen a river that runs through a lake? Zama Lake is pretty cool (no pun intended)
Wasn't sure if this would look as cool as it did in person. Almost looks like a reflection on a lake.
I've been geeking out on the time-lapse function of my camera and did one of me riding my rollers in my camp room the other day. I'll upload it when I get back to some civilized internet.
Today is just about 3 months until we start our big bike ride. I really want to make sure that I am physically prepared for the riding after spending so much time preparing the equipment. Time to shift my focus a little and give the bike portion of our trip the respect it deserves. I'm lucky that endurance has always been my greatest strength but best not to get too cocky before the first km has even been ridden.
It's right around 3 months now until we leave. It has been a busy February at work so my riding has not been happening as much as I'd like. My cross continent bike is also my general "beater" camp bike. I try to bring this thing everywhere. It's definitely the one bike I could not live without. I'll go through the specs in a later post.
The days are starting to get longer around here which is nice
I packed everything in the work truck and headed off to Zama City for the next week or so.
Normal highway conditions for half the year. Can you seen the 18 wheeler 100' in front of me?
You get funny looks when you are unloading your truck at camp.
It's definitely nice to have the option to ride even when I'm away. In the summer I still bring the bike but can ride outside which is lots of fun in these remote locations.
If you're in Zama City AB stop on by and say hello ;-)