Summer brings the need for vacation and in my opinion the best way to enjoy some extended time off is a tour on two wheels. My wife (Sheila) and I had two weeks off but we needed to be back in Calgary for both Thursdays so we had to work this into our plans. This made us split our plans in two and as it turns out, we had two distinct parts for each half of our vacation.
Act I - Part I
A few years back we discovered a little café in Crowsnest Pass called the Cinnamon Bear. Since then we have been unable to drive by without stopping in. Fresh soup, baking, coffee and cinnamon buns make this a great place to take a break from the road and this morning was no different. Fresh scones, chili and coffee provided fuel for the rest of our days travel.
As we continued west into BC, the temperature steadily rose. By the time we got near our destination of Creston BC, the temperature gauge on the motorcycle was reading 34C. In full motorcycle gear this is simply hot. As we passed through Cranbrook, Sheila let me know it was time for a break. Having traveled this road a few times I knew of a nice rest stop by a creek was coming up, but in the heat it seemed to take forever to reach it. When we finally got there we quickly got out of all out gear and had a much needed cool down in the clear cool water of the creek. Refreshed we made our final run for the day to Creston.
Act I - Part II
We ended Act I of our vacation with a 600km dash home. We were up early to catch the first ferry of the day at 6:30AM. From there it was back down to Creston and the back tracking pretty much the same way we had come. With only a short lunch break in Fernie BC we managed to be back home at 3PM. And with that, we started our short intermission. A few days at home to kick back and get things that needed doing done and forget the rest. Act II started on the Sunday but you will have to wait a short while to hear about that story.