Friday, August 15, 2008
Sinclair pass and Banff farewell
This view is near the top of Sinclair pass, the sufferfest climb out of Radium Hot Springs on highway 93 (two days ago). While it was modest by norcal standards- about 1800 vertical feet in 11 k- it included several 8 and 10 % portions and this was a slow grind with the 50 pound-plus bike. The view at the top looked out over the Kooteney valley and was quite gorgeous. The trees are dying from a beetle infestation which turns the trees a red-brown color, and thus the mountains have bands of red dying pine trees amid the green living trees. It was striking, but I am not sure you can see it in the picture.
I said farewell to Sue and Bill this morning in Banff. They are riding south to head into Glacier National Park, ultimately ending up in Montana in a couple of weeks. Wow! I am sad to be ending the trip but am looking forward to going home to hang out with Dan and the kitties.