Heading north - the Oregon coast near Gold Beach
Quick stop on the waterfront in Seattle
Seaplane landing in the bay.
From Seattle I headed east through Spokane and crossed the border from Idaho into BC at Kingsgate.
I was about to take this from the other side of the tracks, but then thought I'd better cross them. Just as well, as the train went on forever!
Rendez-vous with Andy and Kathy, close to the border, who were on a 10 day trip around BC, having shipped their bike from NY. It was a first for Kathy, so Andy and I are laughing at her in her sexy new bike gear.
World's biggest truck, in town of Sparwood.
Wouldn't you love to come up behind the person hogging the fast lane in this!
Great camping spot near Beaver Mines, with a river and waterfall below.
Finger lickin' good - steak, salmon and corn over the campfire.
Taking it easy on the gravel road the next morning.
Great scenery and perfect weather.
Parting company, as they head to Glacier National Park and I head north towards Banff. 30 miles later it was pouring with rain and sleet...arrghh!
Half way up the cable car above Banff.
View from the top.
The famous Fairmont Banff Springs hotel is at the bottom.
Lake Louise, a few miles from Banff.
Bull elk grazing by the side of the road. I told the family who stopped in a car behind me to get out and give him a pat...they declined. Would have made for a good photo op!!
Andy recommended a campsite close to these falls in Yoho National Park. Amazing. Had to leave the bike and hike in about 1/4 mile. Falls were roaring. Crappy pic of amazing falls.
Next morning, back at the bike. It was a cold night...in late July.
On the Icefields Parkway, heading to Jasper.
Lake Peyto, on the Bow Summit Trail. Said to be the bluest lake in the Canadian Rockies. Hard to believe the color.
The road continues on down this amazing glacially carved valley.
Athabasca Glacier, flowing down out of the Columbia icefield.
You can see people hiking up to the bottom of the glacier. I skipped it as I had a long way to go.
From here I rode on to Jasper for lunch, then on to Prince George that night.
The next day, on the short detour off the Cassiar Highway to Stewart and Hyder. Bear Glacier, aptly named as I saw my first one cross the road about 10 miles back.
Many glaciers on this road, which descends to Stewart, at sea level. The ice is blue because of the weight and pressure it is under.
I had met up with two guys at a gas station a few miles back and we rode together to Hyder. Travis was from SF.
Crossing the 'border' from Stewart BC into the panhandle of Alaska and the tiny town of Hyder. Stewart is Canada's most northerly ice-free port, while Hyder is dubbed Alaska's friendliest little ghost town. It was boomed and bust a couple of times as mining has come and gone. Today only a few hardened locals live there.
From a bridge we watched this grizzly fishing. Here he is in the bushes munching on his latest catch.
Water was only inches deep and teaming with huge salmon. He has a big one in his mouth.
Onto the bank to eat again. Huge crunching of bone. Apparently they like the heads of the fish best.
Scratching an itch.
He only ate part of it, seemed to get bored, then went after another.
This was a young male grizzly, who was totally oblivious to us.
Stopped in the Glacier Inn to get 'hyderized.'