Today is just a travel day, since its entire purpose is to get us from Banff to Hope. It's one of the few times we'll actually spend on a real freeway.
It was "wheels up" at 9:00am, which is just wrong. One should never get up this early on vacation. Since I'm the only nocturne in the group, I am not getting a lot of sympathy on this point.
We have a good hour of beautiful mountain roads before we make it to the major freeway, so I try to appreciate it while I can.
While tooling down the road, I see Jill waving off to the left. I look, but there's nothing there. Then she waves for me to slow down. Why? I don't see anything? Then I see it. There is an elk on the side of the road! I'm doing 65, so I'm almost past him by the time I see him. I pull my camera out of my tank bag as quickly as I can, but I only get this one picture. Trust me, he was a big and beautiful beastie!
All and all, things are not looking too bad.
And before we know it, ninety minutes have passed and its time to take our first break of the day.
Rick found this sign for "Pee Meadows" particularly amusing.
Now things start to go downhill. Miles and miles trapped on a relatively ugly, single lane road, stuck behind campers that can't seem to hit the speed limit unless they are driving down hill. Jim loses patience with all the traffic and starts passing cars whenever he can, until Rick, Ann and I are so far back we can't even see them any longer. Being without a GPS or maps I don't want to lose track of them, so I wildly start passing traffic myself. I'm more than a bit surprised that I manage to catch up with them, and Rick and Ann manage to catch up to me. We manage to stay together, but it hasn't been a lot of fun.
About half way through the day we stop at a Diner in Barrier, BC. A nicely lady sits us down, but then doesn't come back for a half hour. Eventually we lose patience and decide to leave. Unfortunately, it will be an hour before we find another place to stop for lunch.
The sad part is that all the roads we've driven in Canada so far have been beautiful. It's sad that our longest ride is along the least interesting road.
Look, beautiful Kamloops, BC! Okay, not so beautiful, but at least they have a Dairy Queen. Mmmmm... lunch. Things are finally starting to look up. After all, doesn't everything seem better after a chili-cheese dog?
We finally hit the toll road, which is pretty much like an American interstate. At least it goes through some nice forest.
There is something about this rock formation that just speaks to me.
After a long day on the road, we finally make it to Hope, BC.
Tomorrow we take the ferry to Vancouver Island. Since we're only ninety miles from Vancouver, so it should be much more enjoyable than today.