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 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 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 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 15, 2015

Overview – Bike Glacier, Banff & Jasper National Parks

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 […]

Aug 3, 2015

Pre-Tour Training

We decided early in the year that we were going to do a supported ride this summer from West Glacier, Montana to Banff to Jasper, Alberta. That trip starts right out with a huge day, 4500’ of climbing over 70 miles. (And actually, 4,000’ come in just one 12 mile stretch.) Most of the days […]

Apr 18, 2015

Bicycling in Tri-Cities

We’ve been getting out regularly trying to stretch out our miles in preparation for our summer trip. We decided to spend Spring Break in sunny Tri-Cities to get in some longer, drier riding. We stayed with our niece Aubrey, Chris and their two daughters, Camryn and Carsyn. They graciously put us up while Chris recuperated […]

Mar 1, 2015

Glacier – Banff – Jasper

After Sheila’s essay won a substantial prize in the AARP contest, we decided to finally do the Banff-Jasper trip we’d planned just before Sheila broke her hip in 2013. This time instead of doing it all on the cheap (camping) we’ve signed up for a plush tour with Cycling Escapes. The trip is 8 days […]

Mar 1, 2015

AARP Essay Contest

Last summer Sheila happened upon an AARP photo contest about your best vacation ever. She entered the photo of us holding up the tandem at the end of our cross country journey (shown right) and forgot about it. In the fall she was sent a $100 gift card. Not bad. Encouraged by success, when she […]

Aug 6, 2014

Family time in Rhode Island

I decided a year ago to set a date to honor Mom while she’s still able to appreciate the gathering of family. She’s been thriving at the Grand Islander, very close to my brother and his family, where we moved her in February, 2013. At 88+ she has all her faculties which is amazing. I […]

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