Banff, where there are more bikes than residents

When I landed in Vancouver and it was beautiful and blue and not a cloud in the sky, I knew it was a good day. πŸ™‚

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The flight from Vancouver to Calgary was absolutely frickin incredible. I flew over the Canadian Rockies. The view I got from the plane was just unparalleled. Consequentially, in the back of my mind I’m thinking, “I have to ride over THAT?!?” Lol πŸ™‚

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Apparently I landed in Calgary in the middle of Stampede Week. It is an all-American “rodeo” style event which draws the single largest amount of visitors to Calgary. Even more than any sporting event. Yeah, I was wondering why there were so many people in the airport with cowboy hats. Haha!

I love Canada. I love Canadians. And every time I go to Canada or hang out with Canadians, I am reminded why I love these people and this country so much. Dude, the baggage claim has penguins on it!!! Lol!! Yes Canada, you have won me over with penguins.

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Leslie picked me up in Calgary. Thank you Leslie!! You are so awesome!! The drive from Calgary to Banff was incredible. I saw a lot of road touring cyclists along the highway. Panniers and all. Super cool!!

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A high-up view of Banff!

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Anyhow, here I am in Banff. Keith and Leslie are intending to hold me hostage for the weekend until they both have to work Monday. Lol! πŸ˜€

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Banff is really cool. I’m pretty sure there are more bikes here than residents. Apparently they are in their busiest weekend right now, because everyone goes to Banff before/after Stampede Week. It’s nuts, the main strip looks like the “Waikiki” of the Canadian Rockies. There are tourists EVERYWHERE! I’ll take a pic tomorrow. I was too busy looking around today.

Leslie and Keith showed me around town and the surrounding area. I rode a tandem bike for the first time! I can’t believe there are people who do the Tour Divide on a tandem bike. That’s on the same level of crazy/hardcore as the people who have done it on unicycles.

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You know what one of my FAVORITE things about Canada is? This right here πŸ˜€

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One thought on “Banff, where there are more bikes than residents

  1. A few years ago, I rode my road bike on a Canadian Rockies tour, flying into Calgary and starting in Banff also. Truly fantastic memories. You are going to rock the CDT. Love Leslie and Keith and am a bit jealous of your time with them, but mine is coming πŸ™‚

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