Saturday, September 8, 2012

Sacramento to Jasper

Frank checking into his sleeper-roomette

Catching the Amtrak Coast Starlight in Sacramento at midnight for the long ride to Vancouver with an overnight stop in Seattle

Breakfast on the train

A stop at the Union Station in Portland

A view of Mt. Ranier

We spent the night at the Hostel in Seattle near the train station and stadium

Next morning, short trip to Vancouver

Approaching Vancouver  and seeing a very cool arch bridge 

Another neat bridge . . . the Skytrain in Vancouver

We had a 2 day layover in Vancouver and went sight-seeing

The False Creek Harbor

Dinner at Safe Harbor Restaurant with Jack 

I had a great reunion with Jack Klemola (right) who lives in Vancouver, my tent-mate from the Nepal Trek

Taking the Ferry across the bay to Grouse Mountain offers fantastic skyline view

Spending the day on Grouse Mountain

Many cool wood sculptures

Top of mountain is launching pad for hand-gliders

At the top of the mountain is a wind turbine with an observation room

Cool mural on base of tower

Visiting beautiful garden in Chinatown

Great timing . . . a neat street fair in Chinatown with unusual treats

Cycling legs?  Naaah!

First sighting of the Canadian Rockies

The next leg . . . taking Canadian Rail (Via) from Vancouver to Jasper

The lads in the Sky Dome

Going past Pyramid Falls

View of Mt. Robson at 12,900', the tallest mountain in the Canadian Rockies

Lock n Load

We unpacked and loaded the panniers on the bikes upon arriving in Jasper

Our first short ride was visiting Jasper Lodge

The Magnificent Seven ready to tackle the Rockies

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