My son Joey left Kelowna on Sunday, 26 May, I left Monday the 27th to meet him at one of his buddies' homes near Castlegar, BC, fully 'rain-geared' up. Rode in rain for the four hours, then a nice visit with his friends, and away next morning, via Nelson to catch the Balfour ferry across the Kootenay Lake to Grey Creek, then south on Hwy 3A (VERY nice road on a bike...) to the Crowsnest Pass Hwy 3 E. The day started REASONABLY sunny (for BC...
), but we were heading to Fernie (met my wife there, skiing, on the run showing BELOW the traffic light in the 5th picture, a rather steep one
) and got back into rain-gear around the half-way mark.
Joey planned us to camp just AFTER the ski hill in a Provincial Campground, and I was quite happy that the "gulley-washer" we were in, ended JUST as we passed the mountain. I headed into town for supplies ('smokies' and beers) while he put up the tent. Expecting more rain I kept the gear on, but it didn't start again so OFF it came and we enjoyed a 'smokie', a beer, and a smokey campfire.
Next morning, cloudy, but NOT raining, so we broke camp and headed to Fernie for coffee and an egg McMuffin. On the road again, shortly we entered Alberta, gassed-up for way LESS than in BC, and stopped for a photo-op at the "Burmis tree", a dead Limber-pine that has been the focus of artists and photographers for probably OVER 80 years! That's it between Joey and the GREEN HORNET in picture 6. Shortly after we turned north onto Hwy 22, the Cowboy Trail, and ultimately, Calgary by the back-door, we stopped to photograph the thunderstorm (pic 7) that I earlier posted had hailed on us extensively for a few minutes.
In Calgary we stopped at a Yamaha dealer, probably the one that originally sold the SR500 Joey is riding , took a picture (last picture) then said our good-byes, as he visited his sister and other friends, and I rode north to "battle" Alberta's gophers.
I got an e-mail from Joey on the 3rd, stating that:
"Trip too tight ... Feels like a chore!
Oh well... Alive and past thunder bat
More another time. Too rushed"
and I assume by 'thunder bat' he means Thunder Bay, Ontario....
Hopefully he'll post up some of HIS comments once the trip finishes (today...?). Thanks for following my 'wanderings' here.