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Aug 15, 2015

Overview – Bike Glacier, Banff & Jasper National Parks

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You can see the full tour plan at Cycling Escapes. They call it an Epic Tour which includes 2 countries and 4 National Parks from Glacier National Park in Montana, across the border into Alberta Canada, and then into Waterton Lakes National Park. From there we have a day of cycling bookended by van shuttles to get us to the last half of our trip. Banff National Park, the Icefields Parkway, and Jasper National Park conclude our cycling. The daily description and maps below can give you some idea of the tour. We did a lot of training to prepare.

Date
Day
Ride
Day
2015 Glacier to Jasper
Elevation
Gain
Miles
16
Sun
AMTRAK Sleeper Car
 
 
17Mon
1
Bike West Glacier
1,500
30
18
Tue
2
Going to the Sun Rd / Logan Pass
5,100
70
19
Wed
3
Many Glacier to Waterton Lakes
4,100′
50
20
Thurs
4
Highwood Pass / Banff
3,350′
60
21
Fri
5
Banff / Lake Louise
RAINOUT
2
22
Sat
6
Lake Louise / Saskatchewan Crossing
3,300′
52
23
Sun
7
Icefields Parkway / Sunwapta Falls
3,300
60
24
Mon
8
Icefields Parkway / Jasper
1,500
35
Shuttle – Calgary Hotel – Flight
Total
20,000’+
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Route Map – Glacier Section

Route Map – Banff to Jasper

Aug 17, 2015

Day 1 – West Glacier

Monday, August 17: 30 miles / 1,500 ft. elevation gain We left Seattle at 4:30 PM Sunday evening. We booked a sleeper car which included breakfast and lunch. Of course we pre-ordered vegan meals. The food was pretty good. Sleeping on the train was not so great, what with all the announcements, rattling and train […]

Aug 18, 2015

Day 2 – Going to the Sun Road

Tuesday, August 18: 71 miles / 5,101 ft. elevation gain /Cumulative climb 6,718′ We woke at 5:50 because it was going to be a tough day. We had to get to the top of Going to the Sun Road (Logan Pass, 6,685′ high) no later than 11. After that we’d be kicked off the hill. […]

Aug 19, 2015

Day 3 – Glacier to Waterton Lakes

Wednesday, August 19: 49 miles / 3,359 ft. elevation gain / Cumulative gain 10,017′ This morning we discovered we hadn’t read the tour offering very carefully and in fact breakfasts are not being provided. Oops. Another unmet expectation. These were going to crop up all week. There must be a lesson here. But we enjoyed bowls […]

Aug 20, 2015

Day 4 – Highwood Pass / Banff

Thursday, August 20: 57 miles / 3,533 ft. elevation gain / Cumulative gain 13,370 This was to be our most unpleasant day of the trip so far. Unmet expectations were the root cause.It was too far to ride from Waterton to Banff, about 231 miles. The plan was to shuttle us to the designated start at the bottom […]

Aug 21, 2015

Day 5 – Banff to Lake Louise

Friday, August 21: 1.6 miles / 10 ft. elevation gain / Cumulative gain 13,380 The rain that started yesterday came and went all night long. At our 8 AM tour meeting, we were told that the ride was a “go” and we should be ready to leave at 9. It wasn’t raining at the moment […]

Aug 22, 2015

Day 6 – Glaciers and Lakes

Saturday, August 22: 51 miles/ 2,692 ft. elevation gain / Cumulative gain 16,072′ It was still bitterly cold in the morning when we woke at Lake Louise (top) so Rich decided they’d shuttle us all up to Lake Moraine (bottom) for a look-about. That also would allow us to start riding when it was warmer. […]

Aug 23, 2015

Day 7 – Columbia Icefield

Sunday, August 23: 61 miles/ 3,362 ft. elevation gain / Cumulative gain 19,404′ We left this morning at the scheduled start time of 8:30. Somehow it had gotten pushed back to 9 without our knowledge. What the heck, we’ll just get in some early morning miles. It was freezing cold again especially since the first […]

Aug 24, 2015

Day 8 – Jasper

Monday, August 24: 35 miles / 934 ft. elevation gain / TOTALS: gain: 20,428′ / miles: 355.5 We left first today to have time to tear down the bike in Jasper in time for our 1:45 bus ride out. And since it was mostly down, we really rocked. Again, it was very cold. But we […]