Cycling

Lake Louise, Alberta

A holiday from cycling today (again). I took a walk from the village of Lake Louise up to the lake itself. When I set off there was a light drizzle which had become a slushy snow as I got up to the lake. At the lake is a huge hotel, the Lake Louise Chateau. It must have several hundred rooms. Looks a bit like the hotel from the Shining, but many hotels round these parts do. There was (at least) one in Banff.

Lake Louise, Alberta

I cycled 60km up from Banff today, along the Bow Valley Parkway, Highway 1A, which runs parallel to the Trans-Canada Highway (Highway 1) but is a really quiet road – about one car every five minutes. It was quite easy going – not very hilly and I was sheltered from the wind.

Banff, Alberta

Sitting in the hostel here going through the video I’ve shot. I’ve just grabbed some stills from the last finished tape (tape number 40) which you can see at the video stills website, but just in case you can’t be bothered to click on that link here’s one of me sitting outside a gas station cafe at ten to nine, on my way from Calgary to Canmore. That was a tough day.

Banff, Alberta

Just been to the Banff hot springs – like sitting in a warm bath that smells of sulphur, and has other people in it. My legs feel a lot better now.

Banff, Alberta

I’m surrounded by snow capped mountains. They arrived very suddenly. The ride yesterday from Calgary to Canmore was tough, not because of the hills because it was relatively flat, but the wind. I had thought wind wouldn’t be a problem when I got to the Rockies but I was wrong.

Calgary, Alberta

Fourth day in Calgary and getting into a routine, going to the library and getting on the internet during the morning, but first going for a coffee and a fudgy brownie.

Calgary, Alberta

I’ve decided my right leg has not been pulling (pushing?) its weight, leaving the left leg to do most of the work. That’s why I keep getting pain in my left leg but not in the right leg, so I’ve been concentrating on making the right leg do its fair share of the work.

Calgary, Alberta

The ride across the praries has been slow and tough, mainly due to strong headwinds most days, plus bitterly cold mornings meaning I have tended to start later in the day, not wanting to get out of my sleeping bag while it’s still below freezing outside.

Swift Current, Saskatchewan

The world is divided into two parts: the sky and the land. The sky is above and the land is below. The sky touches the land everywhere. The land touches the sky everywhere. The sky is the same size as the land. People live in between sky and land. What happens in the sky determines what happens to the people and to the land. Sun, rain, wind. But the people can control the sky by dancing the right sort of dance and chanting the right sort of chant.

Chaplin, Saskatchewan

I had to get up and go over to the bushes by the tent about seven times last night – once for every cup of coffee – so I didn’t get a lot of sleep and got a late start, but the going was good today. Hardly any wind, except for a couple of hours when it got up a bit, and warm and sunny – wearing shorts and t-shirt for the first time in a while.

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