Thursday, August 7, 2008

Day 2-Beauty Creek

The Gathering Morning Light Finds Us Climbing Sunwapta PassThe Gathering Morning Light Finds Us Climbing Sunwapta Pass

It was a dark and drowsy ride on the road from Jasper to Beauty Creek. We found the bunkhouses nearly full but riders were beginning to wake up and hit the road so we drew bunks and took a short hour nap. The bunkhouses at Beauty Creek were much better for sleeping than the church in Jasper and the control provided a light breakfast as well. Back on the road, we were finding breathtaking panoramic views of the Canadian Rockies. We encountered a Mountain Goat on the road near the summit and we carefully slipped by hoping not to panic the animal over the edge and down a huge cliff.

Columbia Icefields Centre, kilometer 548 at 04:58, 31 hours into the rideColumbia Icefields Centre, kilometer 548 at 04:58, 31 hours into the ride.