Friday, September 5, 2008

Jasper to Nelson by bicycle

The great Rockies ride went from Jasper to Nelson via Lake Louise, Castle Mountain, Radium hot springs, Invermere, Kimberely, and Gray creek.
The weather varied from 35 degrees and scorching sun, to 2 degrees and teeming rain and hail. Good times were had by all.

Bike breakdowns
Me, riding the 2004 Rocky Mountain metro:
  • 5 flats
  • 1 destroyed tire
  • 1 annihilated freewheel
  • 1 broken spoke
Anne, riding her 1993 Rocky Mountain hammer:
  • none

Luckily all major bike breakdowns occurred within a few km of a bike shop. Incredibly, when my freewheel broke and there was no pedaling power to my wheels, I was able to coast all the way to a bike shop at the bottom of a hill.

The only low point to the trip was the Greyhound bus ride from Vancouver to Jasper. As of August 1st, 2008 Greyhound has instituted a new psychotic 1 bag per passenger rule. And your bike must be in a box. Seriously. They'll eat you alive if you don't follow their rules. I even wrote a song about it.

Cranky Greyhound Employee Blues.mp3


Albinoblackbear said...

Greyhound blues=hilarious...nicely done.

Heather said...

did she really say 'axed' instead of 'asked'? classic.

Unknown said...

(Just discovered your blog.)

Nice song! I'm feelin' the 5:30am pain. You must have wanted to strangle that woman.

Looks like you had several awesome trips this summer! Hope I can start joining you on some in the New Year...

ps. Go Rocky Mountain Hammer! (I have a '99)