Day 9: Calgary to Nakusp, BC – 326 Miles

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Todays route was a bit different. Instead of generally heading East or South, I was going to head back West so I could ride some recommended roads over in British Columbia. My new Heideanu K60 Scout tires were a relief to have, as I have been mildly concerned about my worn TKC80 tires. The Heidenaus vibrate much less on the highway (going from a full knobby to a semi-knobby tire will do that 😛 ) however they make a lot more road noise, especially the front which howls at 100kmh (60mph). Overall, I think I’ll be pretty happy with them.. they do get great reviews and supposedly have a excellent wear life.

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Leaving the flat prairie lands around Calgary and headings back towards the Rockies

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Along the way I stopped back in Banff to check it out a bit more and ride a few roads I had read about in another ride report. If you pass by Banff, be sure to check out Tunnel Mountain Road and Mount Norquay Road.

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The view from the top of Mount Norquay road which overlooks Banff.

Banff is a really nice upscale touristy town. I’m not sure a dirty stinky biker like me would fit in among all the boutique shops and fancy restaurants but I definitely recommend it to someone who plans on staying a day (and you should, I unfortunately didn’t). It’s a great place to check out with your significant other.

Along the Trans-Canada Highway are lots of these weird tunnels. I suppose its for all the snow/avalanches they get around here. I passed through nearly a dozen of these from Banff to Golden.

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As you work your way South from Revelstoke to Nakusp, you ride along a beautiful long lake. About half way down you take a free ferry to cross over to continue riding South.

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I rolled into Nakusp around 1900 and rode around town to get a feel of the place. It’s a small quiet town right on the lake thats nestled between two mountains. I really like it here. I grabbed dinner chow at a drive-in restaurant and then settled in at a camp ground nearby.

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