June 01, 2003 GMT
Horstl in Canada

Hy Folks!
On the following pages I'll try to make my report from my Bike-Trip through British Columbia, Canada.
I hope you'll enjoy this and I'll be happy about any comments.

The Trip begins on June 10th, with the transfer from my Motorbike, a BMW model R 100 R from 1994, from Munich to Frankfurt (both in Germany).

A few of my friends were maybe thinking about my plan for this trip as soap bubble and that I'm just kidding around!
But now, only 10 days away from the start, they have to realize that it really will happen!!

As I thought the first time about touring around B.C., Canada on my own bike it was spring 2002.
In summertime I were buying lots of travelguides and were making my plans about the route, what I want to see, and how long this trip should be.

At the end of August I knew that it will take about 6-8 weeks for the whole travel and for such a long time it is definitely better (and cheaper) to take the own bike with me.

And that's me:Ich im Spiegel der Zeit.jpg

Posted by Horst Erntl at 12:52 PM GMT
June 14, 2003 GMT
How I got there

Hello Folks!
Now a little bit about my flight to Vancouver. I left at noon Munich and finally I've arrived in Vancouver at the airport about 6 pm.
So that means I had a total of travel time of about 15 hours.
And as I arrived there was no baggage!
I was asking for it and I've been told that it has not even left Munich!
So they try to get it until Friday 13th.

The jetlack was really bad and I couldn't really sleep a long time!
More coming soon!!!

Posted by Horst Erntl at 10:47 PM GMT
June 24, 2003 GMT
Discover the Island

I've started on Monday, 15th and the ferry to Swartz Bay was excellent. Blue sky, warm weather and then good roads to Victoria.
I've made a short visit there and then got up until Lake Cowichan.
The next days I've been in Port Alberni, Sproat Lake, Tofino (on the windy west coast), where I've watched some grey whales.
The back the road superb "biker-road" to Port Alberni, with stops at Kennedy Lake, Cathedral Grove, English Man waterfalls.
On friday I've been in the Strathcona Provincial Park, which a wonderful area and has great biking roads!.
Finally I've driven up to Port Hardy to catch the ferry to Bella Coola.

Posted by Horst Erntl at 11:04 PM GMT
The best city on Canada

After the arrival I had get over the jetlack, but it was very interesting to see this city!

They've built a lot of new "towers" and the city is bustling of life!

I went to Downtown, Gastown, Stanleypark, the University of British Columbia, have benn at the Jericho Beach, which is very close to the hostel where I've spent the first 5 days of my trip.

The weather weren't that bad (it had no rain, but was a little bit cool and very cloudy), and on sunday it changed to a beautiful day, with lots of sunshine and over 25 degrees!

Posted by Horst Erntl at 11:09 PM GMT
A tour up north

The ship got off on saturday evening at 9.30 pm and it was filled up with over 200 people!
Because of the lack of sleeping chairs, I've taken my sleeping bag and slept on the floor.
Most of the people have been "Natives", who wanted to get off at Bella-Bella next morning.
They are friendly people!

After we left Bella-Bella there has been only about 40 guys left on board.
A pair swiss ladies (they studied english in Vancouver for four months) and a canadian-german couple have been my trip-partners for the next days.

We had a lot of fun on the ferry and when we stopped at Klemtu (a Native Village on a isolated island), we've learned much about the indian culture of the west coast!

The passage until Bella Coola was calm, the ship rolled only a little bit in the nights, but finally we've arrived safely in the small village of Bella Coola.

Posted by Horst Erntl at 11:19 PM GMT
Cowboy country and mountains

Starting the day in Bella Coola tokk its time, because "The Hill" 60 km east of the village is only open between noon and one pm!
So a long breakfast was a good idea and then I travelled with not more than 60 km/h through this beautiful valley!
The weather was great and finally I've arrived at the hill 20 min before opening.
It is a gravel road over the Heckman Pass (over 1500 m high) and on one part it has about 18%!
But it was dry and so problem to get over it.
After that waited a 40 km gravel road until Anahim Lake and I finished the day on a fine little campground at the Puntzi Lake (no fun - this is the real name!!).
The next day I travelled on until Williams Lake and have seen the Fraser the first time on this trip (but the last time!).

I went on until Lac La Hache, where I found a fine campground near the lake (is run by a German).
The evening was as good as all the others until now.

On the morning I was on my my way to the Wells Gray Park near Clearwater and it was another wonderful day.
I arrived at the Wells Gray Ranch where I took for this night a cabin for my own.
My neighbours were two german couples who were travelling from Calgary to Jasper and go on to Bella Coola.
So we could tell each other a lot of stuff and had a wonderful evening together.

Posted by Horst Erntl at 11:26 PM GMT
June 29, 2003 GMT
Back in the rockies

In the morning the weather wasn't looking that good, but it was dry until I've come to the Helmcken Falls in the Park.
It's a great Fall and after that I run back down again.
On the way just before Clearwater I've met the two couples again and we left with the best wishes for each other.

I went on to Jasper, now the first time with a few showers on the way to Mount Robson.
Unlucky that this mountain (the highest in the rockies with almost 4000 m) was in the clouds.

I've stop now for three days here in Jasper to see the beautiful surrounding:

Maligne Canyon, Medicine Lake, Maligne Lake, Patricia Lake, Pyramid Lake, Whistler Mountain, Athabasca Falls, Mt. Edith Cavell and Miette Hot Springs.

I've seen my first bears, deers, mountain sheeps and many more wildlife!

All the days have been dry and now, just on the way south to Lake Louise, we will get around 30 degrees!!!

More soon!

Posted by Horst Erntl at 05:07 PM GMT

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