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Tuesday, July 19, 2011

BT11-Day 7

Hello everyone,
We're finally back in civilization. We've been in the mountains for a couple of days away from cell phones and wi-fi. That hurt Mark more than me, but he survived. Anyway, we've had a great couple of days. We met Mark's brother from another continent and they hit it off just great. Christian is on a 2 year motorcycle trek all over the globe by himself. He pulled up to us in Hinton, Alberta on his BMW 1200 GSA (our next bikes) and we immediately connected. He's from Chile and has been on the road for 5 months already. He started in Miami and is heading for Los Angeles to take a plane ride with his bike to Australia. He'll then go to Southeast Asia and through Europe to London. We rode with him for about an hour and exchanged information to follow his trek for the next year and a half. He's on this trek due to recent deaths in his family, including a son, and made it a priority in his life. He has all the same gadgets as Mark and they were like two peas in a pod.  He taught Mark a few tricks of the touring motorcycle video trade and it should help make our trips a little quicker. Thank goodness!
We had a great ride to Banff and saw the bluest lakes that exist with beautiful glaciers in the background. Once we made it to Banff we toured the castle and grabbed a quick bite to eat. Then the deluge hit. Needless to say we're staying in Banff for the night. Tremendous lightning/thunder storms hit the town and we're certainly glad we weren't on the road when it hit. The forecast is a little better for tomorrow and we'll probably push back to Idaho on a slow roll.
This part of Canada is to die for. Anyone looking to see glaciers and lakes that have existed for hundreds of centuries need to come here. I've been to several national parks in the U.S. but this one is non-stop awe-inspiring. Even the sporadic rain hasn't dampened the experience. I just wish the mosquitoes would go away. We've seen 2 black bears and 2 male elks with large racks on the side of the road. Mark claims I almost ran over one of the bears but he was exaggerating. I admit I was admiring the  mountains and didn't see it as quickly as Mark did, but I did not get as close as Mark says I did. He crossed the road right in front of me and didn't even look at me.
I hope you enjoy the photos that he just posted. It does not even close to cover what we've seen though.    

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