Going to do the bc/alberta rocky mountain parks tour.
After much heming and hawing about where to go this year (vancouver island is always favourate), I decided to visit all the incredible mountain parks that straddle the bc/alberta border. Many of these, I haven't visited in 20 some odd years (come to think of it, I've been married for 20 some odd years). We're talking: Banff, Jasper, Yoho, Kottenay, Glacier, Revelstoke parks and the Kanaskas country.
This pretty well encompasses some of the most spectacular sights this country has to offer. The jumble of mountian passes, hotsprings, waterfalls, and plain old "If we get lost here, not even God is going to be able to find us" should sate my overwelming craving for the wild (O.K.,for the moment).
I do not look for people places when I travel. I look for the wild.
So, now, with only a day and a half till I plan to leave, the frantic rush to pack is on. What to take.... what to take.
The steed: klr650
Bedding - grab the heavier sleeping bag, the highlands get cold at night. The thermarest replaces the light closed cell foamy. Stuff a travel pillow in for comfort.
Clothing - 2 fleece pants, 2 river pants, 1 fleece shirt, 2 teeshirts, hat, touque, 1 pair heavy hiking boots, 1 pair river socks, my riding gear, (oops, remember the bathing suit this time).
Camping - tent, peak1 stove, 1 pot with cover, a spoon.
Food - some freeze dried, some gorp - stuff whatever else in you can, 2 liters of water and water treatment kit.
Other - bear spray, bug spray, mesh hood, sun screen, led flashlight, chain lube, tube patch kit, spare tube for rear tire, tool kit, first aid kit, compass, gps, one map showing all the fun bits, batteries (flashlight, gps, camera - all run on aa batteries), the camera dammit don't forget the camera this time, one bush knife, one swiss army knife, one multi tool.
The rest will have done be done without. Tires will be pressured up to 35 psi and rubber will hit road at 0530 Tuesday morning.
Expected travel - about 2500k. Expected time - don't care - till I feel like coming back - better make that till I feel guilty for leaving my old dog at home at the mercy of my wife and daughter and just have to come back and rescue the poor thing.
So there you are - roads will be ridden, trails climbed, pictures taken, and nights under starlight skies slept. There may also be pubs visited,
drank and glances at pretty women stolen.