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Lake Louise – Banff – 60km

Zn├│w przywita┼é nas mro┼║ny poranek. Najbardziej jednak ucierpia┼éy rowery, poniewa┼╝ przymarz┼éy nap─Ödy. Opr├│cz z┼éo┼╝enia ca┼éego obozu, zjedzenia owsianki, trzeba by┼éo usun─ů─ç troch─Ö lodu z naszych jedno┼Ťlad├│w. P├│┼║niej by┼éo ju┼╝ tylko pi─Öknie. ­čÖé

Wjechali┼Ťmy na drog─Ö krajobrazow─ů Bow Valley, r├│wnolegle poprowadzon─ů do autostrady transkanadyjskiej nr 1, z t─ů r├│┼╝nic─ů, ┼╝e przez ca┼éy dzie┼ä rowerowania min─Ö┼éo nas nie wi─Öcej niz 30 samochod├│w.

Droga r├│wnie malownicza, co Icefields Parkway. Ca┼éy czas towarzyszy┼éa nam rzeka oraz wielkie o┼Ťnie┼╝one szczyty po obu stronach trasy. Wra┼╝enie by┼éo takie, ┼╝e te g├│ry si─Ö praktycznie nie ko┼äcz─ů, tylko przybieraj─ů coraz to r├│┼╝niejsze formy szczyt├│w, wszystkie dostojne i gro┼║ne, szczeg├│lnie nakryte bia┼éymi czapami ┼Ťniegu. R├│wnie mocno kusi┼éy, by wybra─ç si─Ö na jak─ů┼Ť wspinaczk─Ö. ­čĆö

Trzeba przyzna─ç, ┼╝e mocno te┼╝ zmarzli┼Ťmy. Etap nie by┼é zbyt g├│rzysty, cz─Östo poprowadzony g─Östym lasem, gdzie by┼éo na pewno poni┼╝ej -8 stopni. Po drodze widzieli┼Ťmy te┼╝ mn├│stwo ┼Ťlad├│w zwierz─ůt – wilk├│w i nied┼║wiedzia, a ┼Ťnieg – jak si─Ö p├│┼║niej dowiedzieli┼Ťmy – by┼é sprzed dw├│ch, trzech dni.

Nied┼éugo potem wyszed┼é nam na spotkanie… samotny szary wilk. ­čÉ║ Przeszed┼é drog─Ö, stan─ů┼é na jej ┼Ťrodku i zmierzy┼é nas spojrzeniem. Dopiero w takich momentach dociera do cz┼éowieka, ┼╝e te wszystkie tablice ostrzegawcze, nalepki, ulotki o dzikich zwierz─Ötach to jednak nie bajki Disneya, a po prostu kanadyjska codzienno┼Ť─ç.

Dojechali┼Ťmy do Banff przemarzni─Öci i pe┼éni nadziei, ┼╝e kto┼Ť z naszych potencjalnych gospodarzy odpisze na wiadomo┼Ť─ç i przenocuje nas pod dachem. I wtedy zdarzy┼é si─Ö cud, kt├│re w podr├│┼╝y wyst─Öpuj─ů nader cz─Östo. Oczywi┼Ťcie nikt nie odpisa┼é na Couchsurfingu lub Warmshowers, ale jedna z pa┼ä pracuj─ůcych w informacji turystycznej na dworcu kolejowym – pierwsze miejsce w miasteczkach, gdzie idziemy si─Ö ogrza─ç i sprawdzi─ç internet – zaprosi┼éa nas do siebie na noc! ­čĹę ÔŁĄ

Godzin─Ö p├│┼║niej przeszcz─Ö┼Ťliwi jechali┼Ťmy autobusem do Canmore – miejscowo┼Ťci r├│wnie du┼╝ej co Banff, ale mniej turystycznej, po┼éo┼╝onej 20 km dalej.

Trafili┼Ťmy na bardzo urocze osiedle domk├│w wielorodzinnych i chwil─Ö p├│┼║niej ju┼╝ stali┼Ťmy w ciep┼éym wn─Ötrzu jednego z nich, serdecznie powitani przez Bruce’a i psa Olli’ego. ­čĆí Gospodarz nieco zaskoczony, ale go┼Ťcinny, jak wszyscy ludzie, na kt├│rych trafili┼Ťmy do tej pory w Kanadzie, czy to ┼Ťpi─ůc u nich, czy po prostu rozmawiaj─ůc po drodze.

Wiecz├│r up┼éyn─ů┼é w bardzo mi┼éej, zabawnej atmosferze. Do tej pory nocowali┼Ťmy u os├│b, kt├│re wiekiem odpowiadaj─ů naszym rodzicom lub s─ů starsi. Zostali┼Ťmy nakarmieni, przepytani z naszej drogi i projektu. Polsk─Ö zostawili┼Ťmy sobie na nast─Öpny wiecz├│r…

#dzień12

Zero rowerowania!

Dzie┼ä nowo┼Ťci! Przede wszystkim pierwszy raz zostawili┼Ťmy rowery w szopie na ca┼éy dzie┼ä i pojawi┼éa si─Ö taka my┼Ťl, ┼╝e chodzenie te┼╝ daje du┼╝o przyjemno┼Ťci! ­čśÇ

D┼éu┼╝sze spanie, poranna kawa z wprost cudownym widokiem na g├│ry Banff National Park – zdecydowanie lepsza panorama ni┼╝ na widok├│wkach w sklepach – i zdecydowali┼Ťmy si─Ö rozdzieli─ç.

Wojtek, jako zdecydowanie najwi─Ökszy rowerowy zapaleniec z naszego grona, podwin─ů┼é r─Ökawy, wzi─ů┼é smary i po┼Ťwi─Öci┼é sw├│j dzie┼ä na przegl─ůd i ma┼ée naprawy naszego sprz─Ötu. ­čĹĘÔÇŹ­čöž

Monika z Jagod─ů uzbrojone w list─Ö zakup├│w ruszy┼éy na podb├│j kanadyjskich market├│w, by┼Ťmy nie tylko mieli co je┼Ť─ç w drodze, ale te┼╝ na kolacj─Ö z naszymi gospodarzami.

Aja, czyli Maciek, korzystaj─ůc z wprost idealnej pogody – co┼Ť w stylu, kiedy jedziesz na tydzie┼ä na narty w Alpy, a wracasz opalony – pojecha┼é do Banff, by przede wszystkim zobaczy─ç poczt├│wkowy Banff Springs Hotel – wybudowany w XIX wieku przez koleje, kt├│re doprowadzi┼éy do Banff lini─Ö kolejow─ů, przy okazji odkrywaj─ůc gor─ůce ┼║r├│d┼éa i wielki potencja┼é turystyczny miejsca – “Je┼Ťli nie mo┼╝emy eksportowa─ç tego pi─Ökna, zaczniemy importowa─ç tu ludzi”.

Banff to miasteczko kurortowe, po┼éo┼╝one w dolinie i otoczone szczytami ma┼éymi oraz si─Ögaj─ůcymi ponad 3300m. Wed┼éug statystyk co roku przyje┼╝d┼╝a tu ponad 4 mln ludzi (uff, dobrze, ┼╝e my w listopadzie). To raj dla ludzi uprawiaj─ůcych przer├│┼╝ne sporty: narciarstwo wszelkiego rodzaju, wspinaczk─Ö, rowerowanie, sp┼éywy kajakowe. Ale te┼╝ idealne na spokojne i ┼éatwe spacery czy k─ůpiele termalne w gor─ůcych ┼║r├│d┼éach g├│ry Sulphur Mountain.

Jak we wszystkich nie-metropoliach Kanady, kt├│re widzieli┼Ťmy do tej pory, dominuje tu niska zabudowa. Pr├│┼╝no szuka─ç budynk├│w historycznych czy atrakcji architektury (do czego jeste┼Ťmy przyzwyczajeni w Europie na ka┼╝dym kroku). Du┼╝o hoteli, sklep├│w z pami─ůtkami czy marek outdorrowych. Oczywiscie s─ů tez miejsca typowe, jak urz─ůd, poczta, ko┼Ťci├│┼é itp.

Przez Banff przep┼éywa Bow River i wyznaczony jest bardzo malowniczy szlak przy jej biegu. Mimo ┼éadnej pogody (w s┼éo┼äcu), ale sporego mrozu (w cieniu) widzia┼éem w─Ödkarzy po pas w lodowatej wodzie. ­čÄú

Droga do Banff Springs Hotel prowadzi albo rzek─ů albo normalnie drog─ů w┼Ťr├│d domk├│w i dom├│w. Nagle z tej usypiaj─ůcej sielanki wyrasta pot─Ö┼╝ny kolos – zamek, kolorem przypominaj─ůcym okalaj─ůce go g├│ry, ze strzelistymi wie┼╝ami, sko┼Ťnym dachem. Skojarzenia z “L┼Ťnieniem” Stanleya Kubricka wskazane, cho─ç tamten hotel znajduje si─Ö w USA.

Ruch panuje jak w mrowisku. Samochody przyje┼╝d┼╝aj─ů i odje┼╝d┼╝aj─ů, a ja – cho─ç nigdy bym tu nie nocowa┼é – dziarskim krokiem wchodz─Ö do ┼Ťrodka. A tam ogromne kamienne sale, oczywi┼Ťcie wy┼éo┼╝one dywanami, wyk┼éadzinami i drewnianym wyposa┼╝eniem. Jest ciep┼éo i widno. Kieruj─Ö si─Ö do restauracji na drugim pi─Ötrze, zamawiam kaw─Ö i co┼Ť do przegryzienia i napawam si─Ö widokiem na taras i o┼Ťwietlone s┼éo┼äcem szczyty w oddali. Czasami napawanie si─Ö takimi widokami z ciep┼éego wn─Ötrza wystarczy. I to by┼é ten moment. ­čÖé

A w domu praca wre. Dzisiaj my przygotowujemy kolacj─Ö. I tu jestem wdzi─Öczny dziewczynom i Wojtkowi, ┼╝e zaj─Öli si─Ö wszystkim podczas mojego odkrywania Banff.

Na kolacj─Ö zaserwowali┼Ťmy placki ziemniaczane i szarlotk─Ö. Zapach, jakbym wchodzi┼é do swojego domu w Wa┼ébrzychu, a nie 9 tys kilometr├│w na zach├│d. Wiecz├│r up┼éywa na jedzeniu i rozmowach, tych powa┼╝nych oraz bardzo zabawnych. Happy days!

Sen statystyka:

Przejechane kilometry : 677

┼ü─ůcznie podjazd├│w: 5196 m

Dni na rowerze: 11

Dni bez roweru: 1

Owsianka na ┼Ťniadanie: 10

Dni bez z┼éapania d─Ötki: 1 – bo nikt nie wsiad┼é na rower ­čśÇ

Prysznic: 3 razy

Nocleg pod dachem: 3

Noclegi pod dachem z psami w domu: 3

Noclegi, gdzie jedli┼Ťmy wypiekany przez gospodarzy chleb: 3

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#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. ­čÖé

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. ­čĆö

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. ­čÉ║ 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! ­čĹę ÔŁĄ

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. ­čĆí 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! ­čśÇ

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. ­čĹĘ­čöž

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. ­čÄú

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. ­čÖé

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 Wałbrzych, 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 ­čśÇ

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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