Wednesday, 31 August 2022
Monday, 29 August 2022
Sunday, 28 August 2022
Saturday, 27 August 2022
Vernon, British Columbia to Leduc, Alberta. A distance of five hundred miles via Highway 97A to Highway 1 to Highway 93 north at Lake Louise to Highway 11 east to Highway 2 north home.
Another hot day. Roads were fine. I stopped at Malakwa for gas and a guy getting gas who was westbound told me that two gas stations in Revelstoke were out of gas. This would not surprise me, it is a busy place in summer and a lot of traffic stops there. Revelstoke was where I has headed. The motorcycle only has a fifteen litre tank so gas stops are a little more frequent than my vehicle. When I got to Revelstoke I topped up the tank. I did not notice if any stations were out of gas.
Nice run from Revelstoke to Golden except for the smoke. There were signs saying a prescribed burn was happening. The sky was hazy with blue smoke and visibility noticeably dropped in a few spots. Signs were up saying no stopping was allowed.
Golden into the first part of the Kicking Horse Pass with a lot of road construction. The project is to make the highway from Golden through the pass all four-lane. This part of the pass the highway hugs the mountain side so the highway looks like it is being built out using supports and bridges.
Highway 93 north from Lake Louise to Jasper is one of my favourite roads. I was only going as far as Saskatchewan Crossing on this stretch before heading east. On this highway I saw a bunch of cars pulled over on the side of the road. I stopped and noticed a black rummaging around in the brush. After about twenty photos I got two decent ones when it emerged. There were some dumb tourists blocking me in their rush to get close to the bear when I tried to get off the shoulder back onto the highway. Keep a safe distance from bears, they are dangerous.
East of Nordegg I ran into light rain. Then lightning off in the distance which is not a good sign when you are on a motorcycle. Rain started falling a little more with a little more lightning.
Stopped for gas in Rocky Mountain House. I got under the canopy and before I started filling the tank a downpour hit. Then my sister called. She was with mom and asked where I was. When I answered I was asked to drive up and visit, it is only a bit over an hour. I declined. Weather to the east was clear. To go north to visit was raining and severe thunderstorm warnings. I hung out by the gas pumps while the rain subsided and made a relatively dry trip home.
Thursday, 25 August 2022
Woke up in Creston and checked the internet. I was not connected to wifi because I lost the slip of paper that said what the password was. I usually read a few news sites every morning just to see what is happening. The dailymail.com is a favourite. About six stories on their page were warning about security flaws in the Apple iPhone and how everyone needed to update the software immediately. Where I was that was not happening. Otherwise not much going on.
Of course nothing can ever go according to plan. Not that I had a plan other than going somewhere. I usually spend part of the weekend with mom. This weekend I had the weekend free as my sister was going to visit. She was going to drive up to visit today. I received a text from her that she was not feeling well and would likely leave on Saturday. I asked her to confirm the next day. I decided to change course and loop towards home in order to visit mom if my sister could not make it. I did not want mom to be alone on the weekend.
I checked out, stopped for breakfast at our national coffee and doughnut chain that does not like to serve much in the way of doughnuts these days. For years I would throw back an extra large coffee in the morning. Now a small seems to be more than enough.
Highway 3 to Rock Creek, Highway 33 to Kelowna, Highway 97 to Vernon for the night.
I had my sunglasses on and my visor up. West of Castlegar something hit the left lens of my glasses and the side of my eye socket at sixty miles per hour. I could only see with one eye and I definitely felt that hit. I found a spot to pull over and turned the bike off, yanked off my helmet, and took a look at my glasses. My first thought was "how big was that bug?" I make a point to carry a bottle of water, not to drink but for times like this. I spent a few minutes pouring water over my glasses and cleaning the gunk off my lens.
Other than that the ride from then on was uneventful. Rock Creek to Kelowna along Highway 33 is a nice ride. Curves and hills and not a lot of traffic. A lot of the rural properties seemed to have a lot of abandoned cars and various pieces of junk on the property. A few places looked like scrapyards masquerading as a residence.
|South of Beaverdell on Highway 33|
At one time, a lifetime ago, I briefly lived in Kelowna attending Okanagan College. I do not think I recognized any of Kelowna now. I did not even bother trying to look up any of the spots I once knew. Everything looks so new and different.
Forgot about rush hour. I was stuck in traffic on the highway between Lake Country and Vernon. I got a hotel in Vernon paying double what I usually pay. Such are the hazards of travelling in popular places in summer. I spent a few hours downloading iPhone updates which took forever due to spotty and slow hotel internet. So I got one thing definitely accomplished. It also took longer because I did not have enough free space so a lot of photos and files had to die.
My iPhone is up to date however Apple decided to change how a lot of things are displayed. I do not mind updating for security fixes but quit changing things just for the sake of changing them.
At four the next morning I woke up needing something packed in the bike. Checked my pockets, no key. Could not find it in the room. Maybe I left it in the ignition . . . ? Threw on my clothes and out to the parking lot to find no key. Found a person at the front desk and asked if anyone turned in a key otherwise I was not going anywhere. I had left it at the front desk when I checked in. Got my key and went back to bed.
Tuesday, 23 August 2022
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Thursday, 18 August 2022
Wednesday, 17 August 2022
Built in 1910 but had reconstruction after the steeple was damaged. It was an unexpected find in 2015 for me. It still had stain glass windows and pews in it. All which have been removed as it is slated for demolition. No date as to when.