We continued west to east through
Jasper that afternoon and saw three more bears, two
moose, 6-8 caribou,
and a couple herds of mountain
sheep and mountain goats with babies. At one point
pulled over to photograph a herd of mountain goats.
Although there were quite a few vehicles nearby when I
pulled up on my bike the entire herd came charging at
me. At first I was a bit worried, but when they
got within 5-6 feet, they all stopped, looked us over,
and started eating again. I can only assume they
thought our bikes were distant relatives! Our day ended in Edmunton, Alberta.
Caribou in Jasper
What a Rack
Mountain Sheep in Jasper
Attacking Mountain Goats in Jasper
Friday July 9
Once again, the weather turns nice. Our plans
for the day were to spend it at the West Edmunton
Mall (The World's Largest Shopping Mall and Parking
thought we would stop by Heritage Harley Davidson first
and pick-up some more T-shirts.
After getting all dressed and ready to leave, Lauren's
new bike wouldn't start. I guess this would be a good
time to mention Lauren got a 1996 Dyna Convertible the
week before we left on our trip. We called AAA and
they arrived within 10-15 minutes. Attempted to
jumpstart the bike to no avail. We finally had to push
start it. I had already called Heritage to let them
know we were coming in with a problem. Mark, the parts
man, who I spoke to on the phone, told me he would have
a battery all ready for us when we got there, AND HE
DID. Unfortunately, when Dave, the service manager,
replaced the battery and did a charging system check on
it, he discovered the problem was not the battery. All
this was done in the first 20 minutes we were at the
dealership. Dave informed me he could not check any
further until 2:00 that afternoon, so we left both
bikes there and grabbed a cab to the Mall.
West Edmunton Mall is INCREDIBLE!!
If you don't know
about it, here are a few points. The mall is entirely
enclosed and includes a full size water park, a large
amusement park with roller coasters, 18 hole miniature
golf course, full size ice skating rink, aquatic park
with dolphins, 20 movie theaters, an IMAX theater, a
casino, a very large go-cart track, over 200 stores,
plus food from Hooters to MacDonalds. In the one day
we were there, we probably saw about 25% of the mall.
Of course, I spent a good part of my day keeping the
girls out of the stores :-).
I called Heritage at 4:00 as requested by Dave, and
Lauren's bike was fixed. Bad ground connections. They
even put our battery back in the bike. We decided to
pick the bikes up the next morning. Dave said that
would be fine and they would be locked up inside
overnight. So we enjoyed the rest of our day at the
mall and went back to our motel with no worries.