Ted's Big Ride 2009---Day Fifteen

Waterfowl Lake Campground, AB to Jasper, AB
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Well I got up pretty early this morning, the night was quite cold, ~35 F. I wore two pair of socks, my ski underware, and zipped the sleeping bag all the way up. I still knew it was cold out. Once I got out and washed up, my neighbors made my day; with the statement "Good Morning Ted, would you like a cup of coffee?" What a treat for someone who does not travel with anything to eat/drink but some Clif Bars and my bottle of water. After three cups of coffee (thanks Tina for making more for me) I packed up, took a walk to and around part on Waterfowl Lake. This I hopped on my trusty steed and headed North. The scenery comtinues to be outstanding. All was fine, got to Jasper and called Claudia to find out where to go; she was making reservations in a motel (some motel) and I preceeded to my lodging. After unpacking, I took the bike to a car wash and got her back to looking like only she can. I came back to the room and did the same for me. WOW, was that nice after 4 days camping out. As I was drying off the bike, I noticed a chrome cover was alittle loose. It is held on with TORX screws and I didn't bring those with me. Just then Ken Montie and his riding friend Trent pulled into the parking lot. I said hi, and OBTW do you have a TORX driver. Well Ken had one and it seems to have done the trick. I'll have this really addressed when I get to California. Thanks Ken and Trent (from Grimshaw, AB area) for you kind help. Well almost 2am my time, must use this bed while I have it...Goodnight.

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Riding time: 11 hours 33 minutes

Actual distance:
    Today = 120 miles,
    Total   = 4,219 miles
Average Miles/Gallon: 42.1
Average Price/Gallon: US$4.41 (Premium Grade)
2009_07_01/IMG_2095.JPG My 'other' neighbors a the Waterfowl Lake Campground, Haakon and Hillary Hop. Haakon came over this morning and said that you don't often see a Harley rider working on a laptop very often, especially in a winderness campground. Dr. Hop is a Senior Research Scientist in Marine Biology and is based at the Norwegian Polar Institute. Haakon was studying in Canada when he met his wife Hillary, who is a medical doctor. Hillary is a native Canadian and they now live in Norway with their two (rather shy) children. I mentioned to Haakon that I bet we had something in common, then I said it was an association with the National Science Foundation (NSF). I know they fund grants for that sort of research, sure enough, he said that is a funding source for his research. I then told him that my spouse was once an NSF employee and that I had provided some HR support services to the organization. I hope you enjoy the rest of your holiday, come down to the US sometime; it's got some great places to visit too!
A look at the stream that feeds Waterfowl Lake, as seen on my morning walk.
2009_07_01/IMG_2098.JPG A look at the back of my packed (dirty) bike. My hat on top and water bottle bringing up the rear.

My "BLISS" plate is barely visible...but my bliss is ongoing!
This is the Columbia Icefield, there are markers that you pass while approaching the glacier that show where it was dating back over a hundred years. It has receeded many hundreds of yards.

There is a safety concern about walking on this ice floe, as it melts underneath it created a cavern under the ice. A unlucky individual could fall thru and have a very bad day.
2009_07_01/IMG_2106sm.JPG Fellow bikers I met here at the Columbia Icefields, Greg and Ingrid Keenan. We took each others pictures and chatted all during the walk to/from the glacier. They are both nurses and work shifts. This makes it hard to coordinate joint extended time off for outings, so they were really enjoying the beautiful scenery and weather, although it was slightly chilly.

Thanks to you both, and ride safe and keep in touch.

Scratches in the bedrock from glacial grinding.
Four more views between the Icefields and Jasper
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Arriving at Jasper...a fabulous SKI town, off season.
Summer views from main street, the mountains are panoramic.
Maple Leaf headgear for Canada Day is quite becoming for a cute little girl.

On July 1, 1867, Canada became a self-governing dominion of Great Britain and a federation of four provinces: Nova Scotia; New Brunswick; Ontario; and Quebec. The anniversary of this date was called Dominion Day until 1982. Since 1983, July 1 has been officially known as Canada Day.
I was able to join the celebration with my Quebec Harley T-shirt procurred in 2006
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