We rode south
miles to the World Renowned Butchart Gardens. Although
interesting, the gardens were not as impressive as I
had been led to believe, but it would have been
senseless to have been this close and not have seen
More of the Gardens
MOTEL TO STAY AWAY FROM
The ELDORADO on Kingsway in Vancouver.
We recommend the
Quality Inn on Kingsway. Secure motorcycle parking,
laundry onsite, and a great restaurant and attached Pub
(say hi to Luk the waiter).
Tuesday July 6
T-shirt weather all day!!
We stopped at Trev Deeley Harley Davidson in Vancouver
and met a
very friendly and helpful staff. Lauren bought T-shirts
and I was impressed with the inventory of bikes they
had on the floor. Lauren got a copy of all the
dealerships in B.C. and Alberta, so as not to miss any
T-shirt purchasing opportunities! We decided to take
Route 5, the
Okanagan Super Highway, across B.C. (the
highest speed limit in Canada 110 KM or about 70 MPH).
Our next stop was
Kamloops Harley Davidson (more T-shirts) and again we
were greeted by a friendly and helpful staff. We
called it a day in Clearwater, B.C. and checked into
Clearwater Lodge. This was by far the best lodging we experienced on our entire trip, and it is located right on the highway.
Wednesday July 7
We awoke to a heavy, steady rain.
Fortunately, the Lodge had a nice indoor pool and hot
tub, so we decided to sit out the storm there. I met
Ron Scott, the foreman of a crew of pavement stripers.
These guys work 7 months straight, 5 days a week
(unless it rains) and then get 5 months paid vacation.
He has been doing this for 20 years, (gee I wonder
why?). He was rained in also, so we took off in his
truck and found a job skill
center that allowed us the use of their computers to
play on the internet for a couple hours (FREE). Lauren
and Talena spent the day at the pool and hot tub,
watching movies, and in the gift shop. The restaurant
on site is EDITH'S BISTRO and served great food. Edith
all the cooking.
Thursday July 8
Weather still threatening, but it was time to
travel. We had to change our travel plans as the storm
we sat out on Wednesday dropped a lot of fresh snow on
Banff, so we decided to ride straight to Jasper and
then Edmunton and give it a couple of days for them to
get the roads clear and then backtrack to Banff.
Pulled out about 8:00 am. The roads were dry,
but there was no doubt we were going to get wet, and we
three hours into our day, we came across our first
wildlife. A mother black bear and her two cubs were
feeding about 30 feet off the highway. They were so
busy working their way through a berry patch, that they
didn't pay us much attention. We got some great video,
but by the time we got the 35mm unpacked they had moved
up the canyon, we were hopeful that some of the snapshots would
come out good
enough for posting, but no such luck.
Mama Black Bear