Day 11 Canada Day

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Wildlife overpass

Wildlife overpass

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.

Castle Mountain

Castle Mountain

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.

Lunch at Vermilion Lake

Lunch at Vermilion Lake

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.

Canada Day fun

Canada Day fun

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.

Serving up Canada Day dinnjer

Serving up Canada Day dinnjer

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.

Curious visitor

Curious visitor

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