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Hello there, We are now in Jasper (Rockies) where we take our first real rest day. Pretty long day yesterday (90 miles) with a long pass but we have now done 700 miles since Vancouver and we are pretty happy. The legs start to be fit and we really enjoy riding in such amazing sceneries. Tomorrow, we will head north west, direction Whitehorse in Yukon …… 1300 miles away!

Please find below what happened in the last week:

9th July: Three Valley-Revelstoke, 20 miles
We just cycled in the morning before stopping in Revelstoke to have some rest: we ate burgers and steaks like ogres. Nothing special happened (rest day by definition!) except the fact that Nicolas had his first puncture when we were eating (???) in a restaurant.

10th July: Revelstoke-Roger’s pass, 40 miles
a 40 miles climb, in the heat wave, with lorries overtaking us pretty closely, not easy to cycle in these conditions… But we see our first glaciers next to the roads, the sceneries are awesome and we know we are getting closer from the Rockies, so good mood in the evening once camping just below Roger’s Pass.

11th July, Roger’s Pass-Yoho National Park
We reached the summit of the pass first thing in the morning and enjoy the downhill. 4 avalanche sheds and one tunnel on the way, one shed in particular is long, dark and has a bend inside…. a wee bit scary! We enter a new time zone (in the wrong way, it is suddenly one hour later and the consequence is we will stop late tonight again, we are not happy). We stop shopping in Golden (as the name tells, it is a former town developed during the gold rush), it is more than 30 degrees in the shade and we still have a massive climb before stopping, it is hard to find the motivation, but once on the bikes it is getting better especially when we cycle under a massive viaduc currently being built. We stop in Yoho National Park where we meet a family from Ontario. The father used to work in fire control so he is used to deal with bears…. Good chat. Moreover, he offers us some fruit juice and a couple of beers, what more could we ask? we fall asleep as babies, the bodies start to be tired.

12th July, Yoho National Park- Mosquito Creek, 60 miles, average speed 11 miles
Just after the start, new pass (il looks like the tour de France) 6 kilometres with some part with a 9% slope, but we are so motivated that in 40 minutes, we are on the top and we go downhill to Lake Louise. Psychologically speaking, it is an importamt step: Lake Louise is the end of the first stage of the trip, we are in the Rockies and we will now head northwest to Alaska. After a massive lunch (that is the case everytime we meet civilisation), we decide to go to see the Lake Louise without knowing there is a 4 kilometres climb to get there. I am struggling so much, Nicolas is flying… My motivation is low but when I see a black bear next to the road, I suddenly go faster, do not know why…..The lake is awesome and we then start cycling on the Icefield Parkway before stopping in Mosquito Creek (no surprise in the name, mosquitoes are everywhere!).

13th July, Mosquito Creek-Rampart Creek
We stay in bed (well, in sleeping bags, which is a wee bit different) until 10 before hitting the road. There are glaciers, brith blue-green streams everywhere, we are happy and are cycling in a good mood. We meet Ben on the way, he is also cycling to Alaska so we stop together in the evening. We go to bed early, the plan tomorrow is to wake up at 4….

14th July: Rampart Creek-Jasper
I do not know if it is because it is a particular day for French people but we are absolutely flying, 90 miles in the day with a 6000 feet high pass (Sunwapta pass) on the menu. We finally left the camp at 6, saw an eagle and reached the Columbia Icefield. On the way down after the pass, I reached the record speed so far: 45 miles/hour. With all the equipment on the bike, I look like Don Quichotte on a mad donkey at that speed! We reach the 1000 kilometres (620 miles from the start) and are happy.
We admire the sceneries a last time and stop in Jasper where for the first time in a week, we meet a shower. As it is 14th July, we put clean clothes, use a deodorant and use the soap (hard to do when washing ourselves in lakes as it is bad for water resources!).
To be absolutely accurate, our soap is not a lavander perfumed one but a multi-use thing which also cleans dishes and clothes. As Nicolas says, it is closer from an oil for early twenties aeroplanes than from modern soap, but we can’t ask too much.

15th July- REST DAY

Take care,

Nicolas and Jean

5 comments

  1. Papa et Maman grizzly 4.15 pm

    Bravo les héros.
    Nous avons sélectionné quelques croquettes pour chien de toute première qualité pour votre retour.

  2. LTonton 5.43 pm

    Félicitations et merci pour les photos et videos. J’ai tenté de compter les wagons du train mais me suis endormi. Certaines pistes ont l’air assez pas cool. J’espère lire bientôt vos detailed posts et serai content de vous filer un ptit coup de main pour la trad. If ever !

    An anonymous uncle

  3. Pascal 7.33 pm

    LTonton : J’en ai compté 110, plus deux locomotives à l’avant et une à l’arrière.

    Nico & Jean : Merci pour le récit, et continuez comme ça ! Au fait, des premières impressions sur le réchauffement climatique ?

  4. nicolas 8.11 pm

    Papa et Maman grizzly: et pourquoi ne pas se faire une bonne dégustation canine tous ensemble en Alaska ?

    LTonton: bon anniversaire tonton et désolé de l’oubli. On pense bien à toi et un grand merci pour la traduction.

    Pascal: merci de les avoir comptées. Quant au changement climatique, on a commencé à s’y atteler. C’est la première fois qu’il fait aussi chaud dans la région et les glaciers fondent à toute allure. Premières rencontres avec des professionnels du climat attendues à Whitehorse.

  5. guiguilegrizzly 5.29 am

    Oui, ben si vous voulez répondre à mes comments, ce sera avec plaisir…
    Sinon g récupéré ma ligne tél au cas où.
    Aussi, les vidéos, ça vaudrait le coup de les mettre en meilleure résolution, là c’est dommage, on perd pas mal pour quelques glandus qui ont encore le modem. Faites gaffe au vent, quand on voit Jean en haut du col, après les 1000km, la vue est jolie mais on entend pas grand chose, : peut-être resser le plan pour l’itw et élargir ensuite.
    En tout cas, vous avez de très bonne smines et l’air bien sec et en grande forme.
    Nico, n’hésites pas à parler à la caméra de temps en temps.
    Bon ben c’est bien, ça fait un sacré dépaysement de regarder ça : “pédalez mes frères” (Jésus, an II).
    Sinon la vidéo intitulé “on sort des fourrés” dans laquelle on vous voit avec un illustre inconnu : vous pouez me dire ce que vous foutiez dans les bois avec ce mec?” et me dites pas du vélo!
    La bise,
    Winnie Le Roux

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