|Participants and Crew of Tour De Jasper 2011|
For the tour this year, I volunteered as a sweep, which meant that I would be riding at the end of the group every day. I had already planned on joining Jim, who is a cook on Tour De Jasper, on his tour from Jasper to Vancouver. I was thinking of volunteering, but never got around to asking the organizer Nicole. Jim thought that it was a good idea to volunteer as it would cut costs down on the whole trip. I'm glad that he got me involved because I really enjoyed it! Thanks Jim!
In fact, if Nicole organizes another one for next year, I'd love to do it again, as I love to share my bike touring passion with others. It's so addictive.
|Proud to be part of the 'crew'|
|The funky sign my bike got to wear|
|On the road to Purden|
|Me and Scott #2|
We soon arrived at Purden Lake. The tour organizers tried to set my tent up for me as I was coming in last, but they couldn't find my poles as they were in my Rubbermaid bin that I had brought along and they didn't want to rummage through that. They managed to set my tent up 2 or so times during the trip. I must keep poles with tent next year. That's so nice that they do that for me, especially on the last day as I was so tired and it was later in the evening. Most memorable thing said that night? Jim's joke when I put my bike together with his under some tarp to keep them dry. With the two bikes being together, you'd better watch out for the little scooters running around in the morning! Good one.
We enjoyed a nice dinner, and sat around the campfire. But then, it started to rain. And when we went to bed, it was still raining. It rained all night. It was raining next morning when we woke up. It was raining when we started out for the day. Everyone had glum looks on their faces. It in fact rained most of the day! Before we left, we dropped our unpacked tents in the tour trailer. They were going to dry them for us.
|This is NOT the rainy Purden Lake, but in fact La Salle lake the next day|
|Biking down to La Salle Lake Campsite|
|It didn't rain all day.|
I was choked, here I did all I could to protect them from getting wet while riding and I do something stupid like that! I played with it for a long time to get it to work, but I thought it was toast as it didn't seem to want to work. Jim told me just wait for a while, that it will work again. And he was right, it worked next morning, hurrah! Never again will I do something stupid like that.
|Harvey, the Ruckus Mascot|
More tales to come........oh, and photos too.