06/28 No more Rocky Mountains. At least for a while anyway. Rode out of Jasper National Park and into the hill country. The area east of Jasper reminded me a lot of Yosemite. Huge, treeless mountains and lots of rivers/lakes. Very nice area. Had a strong tailwind for most of the way so I flew along at a pretty good clip along the Trans-Canada Highway. There was a good bit of traffic from people heading back home but the shoulders were in good shape so no worries. Tomorrow I jump on Hwy 40 heading north so it should quiet down a bit.
About 5 miles out of Jasper a guy riding the other way leap-frogged across the highway to say hi. Amazingly enough he just rode down from Anchorage on the same highways I’m going to be taking. 20 minutes later I think I finally wore him down from all my questions. Got some good intel on climbs, road conditions, camping, wildlife and the availability of food. Basically I should carry extra food, always fill up on water when I can and don’t bathe in honey before getting in the tent to sleep.
Right before Hwy 40 there was a KOA Kampground so rather than battle what would have been a strong headwind I pulled in here for the night.