(Bozeman and Canada)

Immediately after departing Yellowstone, Luke and I headed to the Schafer ranch in Bozeman, Montana where we would meet up with Daniel and continue the road trip.

Luke celebrating the Daniel-reunion mid-dab.

We left Yellowstone early in the morning and Bozeman was only an hour away. We had the whole day to explore/enjoy Bozeman. We decided to hike to a waterfall that was a Schafer favorite.

It was smoky near Bozeman.
Daniel’s grandparents’ neighbors’ horses.
After the hike we went to Walmart and stocked up on food for the next few days of camping.
more Walmart shenanigans

Luke had a dinner obligation so Daniel and I rode cycles to a bar/grill to find some food.

Daniel was scolded by Mr. Karnavas from half a world away (via facebook) for this reckless motorcyclist behavior. In retrospect, our only flaw was that both of us forgot our gloves… and Daniel didn’t have his license yet… but thats a minor issue.

After a goodnights sleep and a stop at REI we were back on the road.

Bye Schafer ranch.
A rare Montana Hybrid Tahoe sighing.
We have acquired a third friend… *road tripping intensifies*

Our first destination outside of Bozeman was Glacier National Park. However, we saw many beautiful sights even before reaching the park.

pitstop for photos
At this point in the trip General Motors still hadn’t sponsored us.
Kodak moment.

Excessive forest fires meant that going to the sun road was half closed so we only got to experience half of Glacier NP.

Luke getting his rock climbing game on.
A fellow 2 wheeled enthusiast.

We camped at the Chewing Black Bones campground just on the outskirts of Glacier NP. There we met red-riding-quad who strongly encouraged us to adhere to the strict 5mph speed limit.

Sunset at Chewing Blackbones shot by Daniel.
Sunrise at Chewing Blackbones shot by Daniel.
We rode the cycles in search of WiFi later that morning.

Bright and early on the 7th day of our excursion we headed into the Canadian wilderness.

*O’ Canada begins to play softly*
Daniel rode the cycle some.
Luke voluntarily yote himself into a freezing alpine lake.
“How’s cycling?”
“That must’ve required a lot of TNT.”

The further into Canada we drove the thicker the smoke got. Apparently there were multiple forest fires all along our route from Bozeman up and over to Vancouver. We were not in any danger from them, however at one point we were just one valley over from a fire. We listened to local radio about various evacuation orders and stories of locals who had fought the fires encroaching in on their property. The smoke brought visibility down to about a mile.

Luke taking a pic of Yukon: Cornelius outside of Golden, British Columbia on a dirt road splitting off of Canada 1.
Luke’s pic.
The smoke nearly hid the sun and bathed everything in a brownish light.
Luke preparing a fire.
(Click this photo to be taken to the campsite’s iOverlander page.)

The campsite we stayed at sat right on the boarder of Yoho National Park in British Columbia. Yoho is the lesser known half of Banff National park in Alberta, Canada. We discovered this campsite as well as many other good ones through a service called iOverlander. iOverlander is a database of user submitted campsites and campgrounds for everything from RV parks to hidden back country camps like ours. We used the iOS app with offline maps to find our spots. This is not a paid promotion, we just really love their app.

Revving up a motorcycle late at night to scare away any nearby grizzlies.
Luke giving the Husqvarna a whirl.

After spending one night in Yoho we proceeded along our route to our next campsite in Pemberton, BC.

Lillooet, BC
Gas stop using our onboard auxiliary tanks. We did not want to have to buy gas in Canada.
Still hazy, but the smoke was beginning to dissipate.
Daniel rode the Husqvarna separately for about 50 miles of Canada 1.
Despite bringing over 200 liters of petrol with us into Canada, the realization set in that we would have to buy gas in the foreign land at some point.
One of many avalanche tunnels along Canada 1.
We pulled over near this emergency lane to give Cornelius’ breaks a break and to stretch our legs.
I dare you to click this image.

After a long day of cruising through Canadian wilderness we made it to Pemberton, BC. Unfortunately we had burned all of our nice, cheap, American gasoline. The time was here to buy some Canadian petrol. Conveniently, all Canadian gas stations accept Apple Pay. With the current exchange rate, the price converted to about $5.50 USD/Gallon. The Yukon holds 98 liters of petrol, thats 26 gallons of gas. Oof.

Our first gas stop in Canada.
From Apple Pay to pay phones, Canadians utilize technology differently than us Americans.
Our lovely iOverlander campsite at the base of Mt. Currie.
(Click this photo to be taken to the campsite’s iOverlander page.)
Luke and I’s futile attempt at star photography.

The next day we would be driving on Canada 99 to Vancouver. “The Sea to Sky highway.”

Thus concludes part 2 of the three part series of The Epic August 2018 Adventure. Please continue on to:

Part 3: Seattle and the Salt Flats


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