Day 16. Banff to Kamloops via Jasper!

I woke up from the knock at the door. It was the security guard giving me my 7am alarm call as arranged the previous the evening!

And what a sight I woke up to! Having ridden late into the night and the last 30 miles in the pitch black I looked around at where I was! Mountains beyond mountains!

The Crossing Icefields Parkway

I washed up, got dressed rolled up my sleeping bag and walkded over to the restaurant for some breakfast! Cheese and mushroom omelette please, and lots of coffee! The weather was in between sun and rain with mountain misty clouds lurking in the sky not sure what they were doing!
I ate my breakfast whcih was pretty tasty, packed the bike and pushed on north towards Jasper! The roads were wide, the mountains tall along each side of the valley road, it reminded me of Glen Coe somewhat.


there was a steady climb around the mountains and beautiful scenery, big skies ! I kept riding through the lefts and rights and then came around the bend to see the Athabasca Glacier!

The Athabasca Glacier



Me at the Glacier!


An old snowmobile
stay on the tracks!




@2uptogether from Utah!


Kevin & I

Above is Kevin, one half of the 2up duo! Beth, Kevin’s wife and riding partner travel all around the north American continent on their GSA, usually riding together off road in Utah and around the 4 corners! They were a really nice couple to meet! I had heard about them and seen pictures of their travels on facebook in the past so it was really nice to meet them in person! We talked for a while and then rode out together, Kevin and Beth going south, me going north!



Within a few minutes of being on the road again I saw in the distance cars all over the road and people walking about in the road. my first thought was that there was an accident ahead, so I slowed right down and pulled up cautiously, only to find that there was no accident and that everyone was getting out of their cars to see and take photographs of the Black Bear eating from berry bushes by the side of the road! Sadly I was no different!

I pulled the bike up straight in front of the bear about 6 feet away and made sure the go pro was rolling!

If you go down to the woods today!

It was such a treat to see a bear! At last! WOW!! what an amazing sight to see! What amazed me more was that people were getting out of their cars and standing no more than 8 feet away from a big old bear! I couldn’t believe I was doing the same, but the bear seemed oblivious to the people there and just got on with eating berries from the branches!


I rolled on out and on the road towards Jasper!

We made it to Jasper!

I made it to Jasper around 2pm and rolled around the town for a moment and took some photos






trains pulling in



That’s me in Jasper!

I then parked up next to a BMW GS12oo from San Francisco and met John who had ridden up to Canada to visit his sister in Edmonton!


BMW San Fransisco bike in Jasper!


John’s and my bike in Jasper!
This is John (left) from San Fransisco!

We sat down and talked bikes for a while, had a smoke, talked about our travels and where we were going. It was nice to meet him! The sun was out in full force now and it was getting hot!




Jasper Tourist info


Stop line here!

We said our goodbyes, hooked up on facebook and I rode on out of Jasper and down the road into British Columbia! The best Place on Earth! Or so the sign says!




Yes! Into BC and back another hour! 3rd time zone in the same country!


Yellowhead Pass

Great views front and back!

British Columbia was living up to it’s name and was looking pretty good!




Brian’s bike!



I met Brian from Montana in the USA who was riding up to Alaska to see some grizzly bears! Rather him than me!

I chugged on through the valleys and stopped for petrol!


Cute kids!


Meet Tish (left) and Betty (right) Betty is from Scotland and has lived here for 42 years!

After the petrol station the heavens opened up, but I saw it coming and had already out my waterproof clothing on so wasn’t that fussed about it.



The forests are so warm, that after it rains it creates mist that rises up out of the trees!

The creepiest residence sign ever!

I saw this signpost for the Webber Family and had to take a photo of it! It was kind of unwelcoming….I would have loved to ridden in to the estate to see what they were like!





As I was passing by I saw this rainbow on my left and stopped to take one of the best photographs I’ve captured so far!

See the train in the middle right of the photo!
The Overlanders
My bikes total mileage since new in May 2015
4214 miles so far on this trip!


The rain came and went most of the early evening, and before too long I found myself in Kamloops. It’s a pretty little city, the downtown area is well serviced with all the mod cons you’d expect and I found a cheap motel to hide away from the evening rain and rest up for the night

Darkness on the edge on town

Tomorrow I’ll be hanging In Kamloops and waiting for Tim Possible from Switzerland to arrive in town!

Thanks for reading!



2 thoughts on “Day 16. Banff to Kamloops via Jasper!

  1. Hey Jools, John here from SF, it was great to meet you. Thanks for being the ambassador of “green peace”, It was the highlight of my day. If you ever find yourself back in the US you have a place to crash and more importantly a bike to ride. Ride well and have fun.



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