By 6:00 am I had my tent and gear all packed up and was at the truck helping with breakfast. Since our crew did dinner last night we also are responsible for breakfast. I cooked the porridge and scrambled eggs while the rest of the crew were busy with other preparations.
Cleanup completed and truck loaded, Elaine, Michel and I were underway by 9:00. The ride from Lake Louise to Banff is primarily downhill so it was a relatively easy ride. As we neared Banff we got off the highway onto a bike trail that took us by Vermillion Lake where we stopped for lunch.
I have a confession to make. I’ve mentioned that our standard lunch is peanut butter and jam. Actually some days it’s PB & marmalade or grape jelly. One must have variety after all.
When we arrived in Banff the Canada Day festivities were in full swing. We rode around a bit and wandered through a little farmers market before heading up to the campground. Although a family short ride of about 70 km it was hot and after I got my tent set up I didn’t feel too energetic. It was actually quite nice to just relax for the afternoon.
After supper Mike, Louise and I took the bus into downtown Banff and I took them to one of my favourite pubs – St. James Gate. While waiting for the bus back to camp we saw some of the fireworks. It was a nice ending to Canada Day.