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Lake Louise – Banff – 60km

Zn贸w przywita艂 nas mro藕ny poranek. Najbardziej jednak ucierpia艂y rowery, poniewa偶 przymarz艂y nap臋dy. Opr贸cz z艂o偶enia ca艂ego obozu, zjedzenia owsianki, trzeba by艂o usun膮膰 troch臋 lodu z naszych jedno艣lad贸w. P贸藕niej by艂o ju偶 tylko pi臋knie. 馃檪

Wjechali艣my na drog臋 krajobrazow膮 Bow Valley, r贸wnolegle poprowadzon膮 do autostrady transkanadyjskiej nr 1, z t膮 r贸偶nic膮, 偶e przez ca艂y dzie艅 rowerowania min臋艂o nas nie wi臋cej niz 30 samochod贸w.

Droga r贸wnie malownicza, co Icefields Parkway. Ca艂y czas towarzyszy艂a nam rzeka oraz wielkie o艣nie偶one szczyty po obu stronach trasy. Wra偶enie by艂o takie, 偶e te g贸ry si臋 praktycznie nie ko艅cz膮, tylko przybieraj膮 coraz to r贸偶niejsze formy szczyt贸w, wszystkie dostojne i gro藕ne, szczeg贸lnie nakryte bia艂ymi czapami 艣niegu. R贸wnie mocno kusi艂y, by wybra膰 si臋 na jak膮艣 wspinaczk臋. 馃彅

Trzeba przyzna膰, 偶e mocno te偶 zmarzli艣my. Etap nie by艂 zbyt g贸rzysty, cz臋sto poprowadzony g臋stym lasem, gdzie by艂o na pewno poni偶ej -8 stopni. Po drodze widzieli艣my te偶 mn贸stwo 艣lad贸w zwierz膮t – wilk贸w i nied藕wiedzia, a 艣nieg – jak si臋 p贸藕niej dowiedzieli艣my – by艂 sprzed dw贸ch, trzech dni.

Nied艂ugo potem wyszed艂 nam na spotkanie… samotny szary wilk. 馃惡 Przeszed艂 drog臋, stan膮艂 na jej 艣rodku i zmierzy艂 nas spojrzeniem. Dopiero w takich momentach dociera do cz艂owieka, 偶e te wszystkie tablice ostrzegawcze, nalepki, ulotki o dzikich zwierz臋tach to jednak nie bajki Disneya, a po prostu kanadyjska codzienno艣膰.

Dojechali艣my do Banff przemarzni臋ci i pe艂ni nadziei, 偶e kto艣 z naszych potencjalnych gospodarzy odpisze na wiadomo艣膰 i przenocuje nas pod dachem. I wtedy zdarzy艂 si臋 cud, kt贸re w podr贸偶y wyst臋puj膮 nader cz臋sto. Oczywi艣cie nikt nie odpisa艂 na Couchsurfingu lub Warmshowers, ale jedna z pa艅 pracuj膮cych w informacji turystycznej na dworcu kolejowym – pierwsze miejsce w miasteczkach, gdzie idziemy si臋 ogrza膰 i sprawdzi膰 internet – zaprosi艂a nas do siebie na noc! 馃懇 鉂

Godzin臋 p贸藕niej przeszcz臋艣liwi jechali艣my autobusem do Canmore – miejscowo艣ci r贸wnie du偶ej co Banff, ale mniej turystycznej, po艂o偶onej 20 km dalej.

Trafili艣my na bardzo urocze osiedle domk贸w wielorodzinnych i chwil臋 p贸藕niej ju偶 stali艣my w ciep艂ym wn臋trzu jednego z nich, serdecznie powitani przez Bruce’a i psa Olli’ego. 馃彙 Gospodarz nieco zaskoczony, ale go艣cinny, jak wszyscy ludzie, na kt贸rych trafili艣my do tej pory w Kanadzie, czy to 艣pi膮c u nich, czy po prostu rozmawiaj膮c po drodze.

Wiecz贸r up艂yn膮艂 w bardzo mi艂ej, zabawnej atmosferze. Do tej pory nocowali艣my u os贸b, kt贸re wiekiem odpowiadaj膮 naszym rodzicom lub s膮 starsi. Zostali艣my nakarmieni, przepytani z naszej drogi i projektu. Polsk臋 zostawili艣my sobie na nast臋pny wiecz贸r…

#dzie艅12

Zero rowerowania!

Dzie艅 nowo艣ci! Przede wszystkim pierwszy raz zostawili艣my rowery w szopie na ca艂y dzie艅 i pojawi艂a si臋 taka my艣l, 偶e chodzenie te偶 daje du偶o przyjemno艣ci! 馃榾

D艂u偶sze spanie, poranna kawa z wprost cudownym widokiem na g贸ry Banff National Park – zdecydowanie lepsza panorama ni偶 na widok贸wkach w sklepach – i zdecydowali艣my si臋 rozdzieli膰.

Wojtek, jako zdecydowanie najwi臋kszy rowerowy zapaleniec z naszego grona, podwin膮艂 r臋kawy, wzi膮艂 smary i po艣wi臋ci艂 sw贸j dzie艅 na przegl膮d i ma艂e naprawy naszego sprz臋tu. 馃懆鈥嶐煍

Monika z Jagod膮 uzbrojone w list臋 zakup贸w ruszy艂y na podb贸j kanadyjskich market贸w, by艣my nie tylko mieli co je艣膰 w drodze, ale te偶 na kolacj臋 z naszymi gospodarzami.

Aja, czyli Maciek, korzystaj膮c z wprost idealnej pogody – co艣 w stylu, kiedy jedziesz na tydzie艅 na narty w Alpy, a wracasz opalony – pojecha艂 do Banff, by przede wszystkim zobaczy膰 poczt贸wkowy Banff Springs Hotel – wybudowany w XIX wieku przez koleje, kt贸re doprowadzi艂y do Banff lini臋 kolejow膮, przy okazji odkrywaj膮c gor膮ce 藕r贸d艂a i wielki potencja艂 turystyczny miejsca – “Je艣li nie mo偶emy eksportowa膰 tego pi臋kna, zaczniemy importowa膰 tu ludzi”.

Banff to miasteczko kurortowe, po艂o偶one w dolinie i otoczone szczytami ma艂ymi oraz si臋gaj膮cymi ponad 3300m. Wed艂ug statystyk co roku przyje偶d偶a tu ponad 4 mln ludzi (uff, dobrze, 偶e my w listopadzie). To raj dla ludzi uprawiaj膮cych przer贸偶ne sporty: narciarstwo wszelkiego rodzaju, wspinaczk臋, rowerowanie, sp艂ywy kajakowe. Ale te偶 idealne na spokojne i 艂atwe spacery czy k膮piele termalne w gor膮cych 藕r贸d艂ach g贸ry Sulphur Mountain.

Jak we wszystkich nie-metropoliach Kanady, kt贸re widzieli艣my do tej pory, dominuje tu niska zabudowa. Pr贸偶no szuka膰 budynk贸w historycznych czy atrakcji architektury (do czego jeste艣my przyzwyczajeni w Europie na ka偶dym kroku). Du偶o hoteli, sklep贸w z pami膮tkami czy marek outdorrowych. Oczywiscie s膮 tez miejsca typowe, jak urz膮d, poczta, ko艣ci贸艂 itp.

Przez Banff przep艂ywa Bow River i wyznaczony jest bardzo malowniczy szlak przy jej biegu. Mimo 艂adnej pogody (w s艂o艅cu), ale sporego mrozu (w cieniu) widzia艂em w臋dkarzy po pas w lodowatej wodzie. 馃帲

Droga do Banff Springs Hotel prowadzi albo rzek膮 albo normalnie drog膮 w艣r贸d domk贸w i dom贸w. Nagle z tej usypiaj膮cej sielanki wyrasta pot臋偶ny kolos – zamek, kolorem przypominaj膮cym okalaj膮ce go g贸ry, ze strzelistymi wie偶ami, sko艣nym dachem. Skojarzenia z “L艣nieniem” Stanleya Kubricka wskazane, cho膰 tamten hotel znajduje si臋 w USA.

Ruch panuje jak w mrowisku. Samochody przyje偶d偶aj膮 i odje偶d偶aj膮, a ja – cho膰 nigdy bym tu nie nocowa艂 – dziarskim krokiem wchodz臋 do 艣rodka. A tam ogromne kamienne sale, oczywi艣cie wy艂o偶one dywanami, wyk艂adzinami i drewnianym wyposa偶eniem. Jest ciep艂o i widno. Kieruj臋 si臋 do restauracji na drugim pi臋trze, zamawiam kaw臋 i co艣 do przegryzienia i napawam si臋 widokiem na taras i o艣wietlone s艂o艅cem szczyty w oddali. Czasami napawanie si臋 takimi widokami z ciep艂ego wn臋trza wystarczy. I to by艂 ten moment. 馃檪

A w domu praca wre. Dzisiaj my przygotowujemy kolacj臋. I tu jestem wdzi臋czny dziewczynom i Wojtkowi, 偶e zaj臋li si臋 wszystkim podczas mojego odkrywania Banff.

Na kolacj臋 zaserwowali艣my placki ziemniaczane i szarlotk臋. Zapach, jakbym wchodzi艂 do swojego domu w Wa艂brzychu, a nie 9 tys kilometr贸w na zach贸d. Wiecz贸r up艂ywa na jedzeniu i rozmowach, tych powa偶nych oraz bardzo zabawnych. Happy days!

Sen statystyka:

Przejechane kilometry : 677

艁膮cznie podjazd贸w: 5196 m

Dni na rowerze: 11

Dni bez roweru: 1

Owsianka na 艣niadanie: 10

Dni bez z艂apania d臋tki: 1 – bo nikt nie wsiad艂 na rower 馃榾

Prysznic: 3 razy

Nocleg pod dachem: 3

Noclegi pod dachem z psami w domu: 3

Noclegi, gdzie jedli艣my wypiekany przez gospodarzy chleb: 3

馃嚚馃嚘 #stage20

#day11

Lake Louise – Banff – 60km

The frosty morning greeted us again. However, the bikes suffered the most because some of the parts were frozen. So besides typical morning activities, we had to remove some ice from our bikes. Later it was only beautiful. 馃檪

We entered the landscape road of Bow Valley, parallel to the Trans-Canadian Highway No. 1, with the difference that no more than 30 cars passed us through the entire day of cycling.

A road as picturesque as the Icefields Parkway. All the time we were accompanied by the river and large snow-capped peaks on both sides of the route. The impression was that these mountains practically do not end, only take more and more different forms of peaks, all dignified and dangerous, especially covered by white snow caps. They were equally tempted to go climbing. 馃彅

I must admit that we were also very cold. The stage was not very mountainous, often run in dense forest, where it was definitely below -8 degrees. Along the way, we saw a lot of traces of animals – wolves and bear, and the snow – as we later learned – was two or three days ago.

Soon afterwards, he came to meet us … a lonely gray wolf. 馃惡 He crossed the road, stood in the middle of it and looked at us. It is only at such times that the human being is reached, that all these warning boards, stickers, leaflets about wild animals are not Disney’s stories, but simply Canadian everyday life.

We arrived to Banff, frozen and full of hope that someone from our potential hosts would write to us and put us in the room. And then a miracle happened that happens very often on the road. Of course, nobody wrote back at Couchsurfingu or Warmshowers, but one of the ladies working at the tourist information at the railway station – the first place in the towns where we go to warm up and check the Internet – invited us to each other for the night! 馃懇 鉂

An hour later we were happily traveling by bus to Canmore – a town as large as Banff, but less tourist, located 20 km away.

We came across a very nice multi-family housing estate and a moment later we were in the warm interior of one of them, warmly welcomed by Bruce and Olli’s dog. 馃彙 The host is somewhat surprised but hospitable, like all the people we’ve come to in Canada so far, whether sleeping with them or just talking on the road.

The evening was spent in a very nice, fun atmosphere. Until now, we have stayed in people who are age-matched to our parents or are older. We were fed, interviewed about our path and project. We left Poland for the next evening…

#day12

Zero cycling!

New day! First of all, the first time we left the bikes in the shed for the whole day and there was such a thought that walking also gives a lot of pleasure! 馃榾

Longer sleep, morning coffee with a simply wonderful view of the Banff National Park – definitely a better panorama than on the postcards in stores – and we decided to separate.

Wojtek, by far the biggest bicycle igniter from our group, rolled up his sleeves, took the grease and devoted his day to the review and small repairs of our equipment. 馃懆馃敡

Monika and Jagoda, armed with a shopping list, set off to conquer Canadian markets so that we would not only have something to eat on the way, but also to have dinner with our hosts.

And me – Maciek – using the perfect weather – something like when you go skiing for a week in the Alps and you get back tanned – he went to Banff to see the postcard Banff Springs Hotel – built in the 19th century by railways that led to Banff line by the way, discovering hot springs and great tourist potential of the place – “If we can not export this beauty, we will start to import people here”.

Banff is a resort town, located in the valley and surrounded by small peaks and reaching over 3300m. According to statistics, over 4 million people come here every year (phew, it’s good that we are in November). This is a paradise for people practicing various sports: skiing of all kinds, climbing, cycling, kayaking. But also ideal for quiet and easy walks or thermal baths in the hot springs of Sulfur Mountain.

As in all the non-metropolises of Canada, which we have seen so far, low-rise buildings predominate here. You can not look for historical buildings or architectural attractions (what we are used to in Europe at every turn). A lot of hotels, souvenir shops and outdoor brands. Of course, there are also typical places, such as the office, post office, church etc.

Ban River flows through Banff and a very picturesque trail is marked out. Despite the nice weather (in the sun), but a lot of frost (in the shade) I saw anglers stripe in the icy water. 馃帲

The road to Banff Springs Hotel runs either by the river or normally along a road among houses and houses. Suddenly from this sleepy idyll grows a huge colossus – a castle, reminiscent of mountains surrounding it, with towering towers, sloping roof. Associations with Stanley Kubrick’s “Shine” are advisable, although the hotel is in the USA.

The movement prevails like an anthill. The cars come and go, and I – although I would never stay here – I step inside. And there are huge stone rooms, of course lined with carpets, carpets and wooden furnishings. It is warm and light. I go to the restaurant on the second floor, I order coffee and something to chew on and enjoy the view of the terrace and sun-lit peaks in the distance. Sometimes it’s enough to enjoy such views from the warm interior. And that was the moment. 馃檪

And at home we had full hands! Today we are preparing dinner. And here I am grateful to girls and Wojtek that they took care of everything during my discovery of Banff.

We served potato pancakes and apple pie for supper. Smell, as if I was entering my home in Wa艂brzych, not 9,000 kilometers west. The evening is spent on food and conversations, serious and very funny. Happy days!

The dream of statistic-man:

Kilometers traveled: 677

Total driveways: 5196 m

Days on the bike: 11

Days without bicycle: 1

Oatmeal for breakfast: 10

Days without catching the inner tube: 1 – because no one got on the bike 馃榾

Shower: 3 times

Accommodation under the roof: 3

Accommodation under the roof with dogs at home: 3

Accommodation, where we ate bread baked by the hosts: 3

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