July 11, 2003 GMT
Montana and Kootenay + Banff

In the morning I've left Waterton after a good breakfast at the Northland Lodge, I had luck with the weather because it was really not good looking, especially when I've arrived at the Glacier Natinoal Park in Montana.
But It still kept dry and I've got the Logans Pass without rain.

It's really a pity that the weather wasn't as good as the landscape, but it is wonderful here.

In the afternoon I moved on to Whitefish and then Eureka near the border.

I drove finally up to Kimberley, which was a mining city, but mines were closed in the 60/70ies and so they build up "The Platzl" a mall with bavarian (or alpine) looking houses.
There I spent two nights at "Chef Bernards" with ORIGINAL SCHNEIDER WEISSE!!!

And I've also got here real Schnitzel and Spanferkel!!!

A good place!

On one day I made a short trip in the area, to Fort Steele, a rebuild town from the late 90ies of the 1800s.

But then I headed back north again and ended after a really hot day in Radium Hot Springs in the Hostel there.

Really nice people are running this place. Jeff (Aussie) and Gabi (German from Neuss) and I've met here Andreas from Zurich and Gitte from Nuernberg, but were for studies in Kingston, Ontario one year now.

We had a wonderful timer here and I took one relaxing day to wash my stuff.
The weather wasn't that good on this day, a lot of thunderstorms came through, but in the evening all was gone I could get a good meal at the Back Country Restaurant (looking very rustic).

Next day I went north through the Kootenay National Park, with lot of clouds, but no rain.
Finally I arrived again in Canmore and took the a few nights in the Rundle Mountain Lodge, which I know from my last visit here, seven years ago!

It's still looking the same but there are other people now running this Motel.

The former owner is right across the street running a restaurant.

I relaxed this day, because on thursday I wanted to drive to Calgary for the famous stampede there!

Posted by Horst Erntl at 10:11 PM GMT | Comments (1)
July 20, 2003 GMT
Through the Rockies one last time

I've tried last night to meet the former owner of the Lodge, but unfortunately he hasn't been in his restaurant.

So on the next day I checked out at the lodge (wasn't really a cheap stay) and I've started to go on west on a beautiful morning!

First was a stop at the Lake Louise Ski Area; they had build a lot new houses there, but it reminded me to the skidays we had here a few years ago.

Then (with more clouds, but still warm) I went ot to the Yoho National Park.
One time when I'd stopped for picture, a black shadow was runnig right in front of me over the road - a black bear took the chance to cross, but it was too fast for me and my camera!

Coming nearer to Rogers Pass the weather changed dramatically and just about 30 km before the pass I've got one heavy thunderstorm hitting me.

At the pass it was dry for a few minutes, so I could make my pictures and then it started again to rain.
A few kilometers later all was gone and I've got it warm again, when I was travelling through the Glacier National Park.

Posted by Horst Erntl at 08:49 PM GMT
The hottest place in Canada!?

The morning in Nelson was again a sunny one and by packing my bike I've met two other Canadians on bikes who wanted to go up to Revelstoke but they didn't want to go over Kaslo.

In the morning I've decided to go back earlier to Germany despite the inflammation was getting a little better, but I didn't want to challenge!

So I phoned to "Motorcycleexpress" and about two hours later I should call them again to get a new departure date for my motorbike.

So I had much time to got to Kaslo back again and it was a wonderful ride along the Kootenay Lake with sunshine and about 28 degrees!

In Kaslo I saw one public phone but it didn't work, and I've stopped at a small pizza place for one slice and a beer.

Two guys where looking on my bike, of course they have been also bikers and they decided to take their lunch with me.

We talked long time and then Jerry invited me to his office to phone again motorcycleexpress.
This worked good and now I had the departure date: 24th of July, leaving it at the airport on 22nd.

Posted by Horst Erntl at 09:12 PM GMT
July 21, 2003 GMT
Back into the Mountains

Another hot morning and I took my time to pack all my stuff slowly on the bike.
Some of my neighbours (Germans and Welsh) were talking to me and finally I left to get into the Manning P.Park in the Csacade Mountains.

The day was hot again and also in the mountains it didn't cool down really!

In the Park I found a nice rustic campground and drove around a bit.

Posted by Horst Erntl at 05:12 PM GMT | Comments (0)
July 27, 2003 GMT
Closing the circle

Gitte, which I've met at the hostel in Radium some two weeks ago, has written me an email that she and her brother will stay in downtown by some friends they met in the rockies.
So on the next day I walked around in the city alone and bought some stuff.
It was getting again a sunny day, after the morning was wet from rain in the night.

In the afternoon the temperature have been again over 30 degrees and I went to the beach.

Only a few hundreds meter beneath the hostel there was a big (so called) Folk Festival, but the music we could here good at the Hostel and the beach was anything else but no folk!
At eleven the music (or whatever) stopped and soon lot of people arrived at the hostel.

Just when I started my computer in the lounge in the hostel, Gitte and her brother Christian stood in front of me!

The are now for two nights in this hostel, and we talked until twelve about our trips.

Posted by Horst Erntl at 08:55 PM GMT | Comments (0)

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