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Photos from my just completed tour from Missoula, MT to Jasper, AB

Old 08-04-13, 08:27 PM
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Photos from my just completed tour from Missoula, MT to Jasper, AB

From July 7 to August 1, 2013, I rode from Missoula, MT to Jasper, AB mostly along the ACA's Great Parks North route. I went through Glacier NP, Kootenay NP, Banff NP, and Jasper NP. Without question it was one of the best tours I've done.

I've put together a page of photos for anyone interested in what it is like to ride through this astounding countryside.

The page has 82 photos culled from the over 2300 I took. The early ones aren't very big and they should load quickly. The later ones are larger. If you have a very slow internet connection, this page might take a while to load.
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Originally Posted by raybo
From July 7 to August 1, 2013, I rode from Missoula, MT to Jasper, AB mostly along the ACA's Great Parks North route. I went through Glacier NP, Kootenay NP, Banff NP, and Jasper NP. Without question it was one of the best tours I've done.
Great photos!

We may have crossed paths-- My wife and I rode many of the same roads that you did during approximately the same period. We rode from Vancouver to Lake Louise, Banff, and then to Calgary. We turned south at Calgary and headed for my dauhgter's place in Kalispell, Montana. We left Vancouver on 6/29 and finished in Kalispell on 7/26. We reached Glacier NP, and crossed Logan Pass on 7/25 from the east.

I agree with you. It was also one of the best tours we've done.

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Great pictures thx for sharing
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Originally Posted by Doug64
Great photos!

We may have crossed paths-- We reached Glacier NP, and crossed Logan Pass on 7/25 from the east.
Doug,

I saw lots of bicycle tourists and even more people on bicycles without gear on this ride. Maybe more than I've seen on any other route.

Just so you know, on July 25, I was way north in the Kootenay National Park.

Thanks for the kudos on the photos.
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Excellent photos, thanks!
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I remember talking to you a few months ago. I almost crossed paths with you too.
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Congrats, Raybo!
Looks like you had a great trip despite the flood detours.
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Thanks for sharing. Those shots make all the climbing you did worth it!

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The scenic photography is staggering and BikeTouringTips.com looks like a great resource. Thanks for both.
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Originally Posted by jamawani
Congrats, Raybo!
Looks like you had a great trip despite the flood detours.
John,

I can't thank you enough for all the wisdom you shared with me about this ride. As usual, all of it was right on. The only exception was the store at the junction of Montana highway's 286 and 200, which has since closed. Incidentally, that ties you with the ACA maps that showed a B&B in Jaffray, BC as open and had closed.

Not surprisingly, a different route creates a different experience. I talked with lots of locals about my original route on the eastern side of the Canadian Divide on Highway 40, still closed on July 11, and most of them said the Kasanaskis Valley was the prettier way. Nonetheless, instead of Pincher Creek, I spent time in Whitefish, a cute little town. I also got to spend 2 days and nights in Kootenay National Park. Instead of Banff, I got Invermere, another pleasant small place to fritter away a rest day.

The days east of the divide in Montana were windy, as you warned. The one day of wicked headwind was salvaged when my road angel couchsurfing host in Browning drove 20 miles down the road to pick me up, drove me around the reservation's historic areas, and took me on a tour of the Two Medicine area. A pretty place, indeed.

I also have to say that one of the trip's many highlights was watching beautifully decorated Indian dancers compete for several hours at the local arena. I also walked through the flea market of stalls set up near the dancing venue. At one, I saw the dessicated claw from just about any animal that has one. After midnight, I watched a room full of people, young and old, playing a guessing gambling game that I was unable to figure out.

Had I turned onto the ACA route out of Missoula, instead of following your suggestion and heading east, I would have missed the unique experiences I had in Browning. With that said, one guy I met riding the opposite direction said that the road north to Glacier was one of his favorites. As I said above, different route, different experience.

You were right. It is a great place to ride; maybe one of the best!

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Thanks for sharing your photos, looks like you had a fantastic trip!
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Valygrl,

I also want to thank you for suggesting this route in the first thread I posted about it. You also sent me some route tracks that were very useful.

Thanks, again.
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Stunning Photos and country what a place to ride your bike pure magic.
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