I walked out of the pension and turned right. I walked up the hill, past two small churches and several hotels and pensions, to the cable car station, where there are a load of snack bars, a tourist information office, and bureau de change, and the ticket booth for cable cars that go up the mountain, which is where I was going. It had clouded over but it wasn’t raining like it was yesterday. In my bag I had my waterproofs, just in case, along with my camera, a bottle of water and some sandwiches.
I bought a ticket to Skalnaté Pleso, 1751m above sea level. It’s possible to then get another cable car all the way to the top of the highest peak, Lomnike Stit, about 2600m above sea level, but I wasn’t planning on doing that. The top of the mountain would be covered in clouds anyway, and it would be cold up there. 5 degrees at Skalnate Pleso according to a sign down at the bottom.
This is Rogers Pass, the toughest bit of the Rockies. It wasn’t that steep, but the hill was very long. I kept thinking I’d got to the top. There’d be a small downhill section and I’d think I’ve done it, I’ve got through Rogers Pass… but then it would start going up again.
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.
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.
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.