Back on the road north - waiting for a ferry.
First segment of trip - red dots: driving, blue dots: ferries, yellow line: biking.
Vancouver Island - looking for birds
They have big trees in this part of the world (in the few places where they haven't been logged)
On a ferry to Cormorant Island
A Bald Eagle off the stern of our ferry - near Cormorant Island, BC
Cormorant Island is a First Nations community. Their totems are some of the finest.
Hiking on Cormorant Island
A constant challenge is finding water for the camper.
Along a back road, tip of Vancouver Is.
This trail was closed due to hazards - what hazards?
Hermit Thrush with worm, Port Hardy, Vancouver Is., British Columbia
Belted Kingfisher, Port Hardy, Vancouver Is.
Now for the big ferry ride - Port Hardy to Prince Rupert. 15 hours on the inside passage
Our truck (center) in the ship's hold.
Passing a scenic spot on the inside passage.
The ride begins - near Prince Rupert, BC. Lynn rode the first leg. We typically did 60-70 miles apiece each day, depending on weather.
A typical campspot. Most of our camps were ad hoc, which we prefer to crowded campgrounds. Something to do with screaming children and roving pets.
A picnic spot for lunch
Mt. Robson, 8 days into the ride. A significant spot for us, because we climbed it in 1994, and haven't been back since.
Gray Jay, Maligne Lake
Maligne Lake, Jasper National Park
Common Loon, Maligne Lake
Female spruce grouse, Jasper NP
Along the River, leading east from Jasper.
2 failed rear wheels, 1 failed front shifter, 3 worn-out chains, 10 flat tires, 1 failed tire, 3 worn-out tires, 1 failed floor pump, 1 destroyed bike computer, 1 Problematic crankset.
A rest day in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, devoted to bike repairs.
Lesser Yellowlegs, Quill Lake, Saskatchewan, Canada
Gadwall with a beetle on her bill, Quill Lake
Pelicans at Quill Lake
Entering each successive province was a cause for celebration.
Another week, another province.
Juvenile American Redstart, Riding Mtn. NP, Manitoba.
Red-eyed Vireo, Riding Mountain NP.
Tennessee Warbler (F) , Riding Mountain NP.
Yellow Warbler, Lundar Provincial Park, Manitoba
Warbling Vireo, Lundar Provincial Park, Manitoba
Canadians are into large concrete animals. This is one of many.
Now the BIG provinces start.
The Land of Lakes, Ontario.
There are several divides in Canada, not just the east-west division we know as the Continental Divide.
Rolling country nearing the Great Lakes.
This highway was our home for more than a month.
Not the ideal place for skinny tires, but we rode whatever presented itself.
Yet another flat. N. shore of Lake Superior
Gary riding along the northern shore of Lake Superior. Almost half-way across.
Canada Warbler!! This was a goal achieved. Sleeping Giant Park, Ontario.
Rolling granitic domes and lakes (thousands of lakes), mid-continent.
Yet another concrete goose, this one anatomically challenged.
A concrete polar bear to announce the "Polar Bear Express", which goes nowhere near any polar bears.
Boarding the Polar Bear Express, which we thought would take us to the southern shores of the Hudson Bay.
We hadn't read the fine print - the Polar Bear Express doesn't "exactly" go to Hudson Bay, it's about 20 miles short. You also won't see any polar bears, and it is a miserable train. Interesting country, though, we weren't sorry we did it, and it was a good break from riding.
Yes! The final big province. BIG is the key word.
The Quebec flag. Anyone who believes that the people here think of themselves first as Canadians hasn't visited.
Another "dirtbag" camping site.
Poor maps led us to this 30 mile stretch of dirt road. At least it had rained solidly the night before.
Total devastation after the loggers leave. The extent of clear-cutting has to be seen to be comprehended.
An uncharacteristically un-trafficked road on a misty morning, 5:30am.
Lynn in her brand new Canadian jersey.
We spent 3 days in the nice town of Chibougamau. It took that long to learn how to pronounce it.
Typical traffic - logging trucks, chip trucks, gravel trucks, road-building equipment. Resource conservation is not the name of the game in this part of Canada.
A scenic camp alongside the Sagenuay River near Chicoutini
Climbing up out of Chicoutini. Sagenuay River below.
Many of the roads are part of designated "Routes". This is one of the most scenic, as it leads down glacially-carved valleys to the sea.
The Route du Fjord leads down the Ste. Margeruite River; one of the nicest stretches of road in Canada for cycling.
Along the Ste. Margeruite River. 10 on a scale of 10 for riding.
For the first time, we were seeing some steep grades. The ride across Canada is mostly flat.
En casa; our 4' X 12' home for 101 days.
The ferry across the Saguenay River.
300 miles to go. The St. Lawrence River is salt water at this point, and whales are often seen. However, it didn't seem like the East Coast, so we pressed on.
The Gaspe' Penisula. We decided on Dalhousie, at the mouth of the Baie de Chaleurs, as our ultimate destination.
The ferry across the St. Lawrence River to Riviere du Loup, on the west coast of the Gaspe' Penisula.
Lynn freezing on the ferry.
Crossing the Gaspe' Penisula - a more difficult option than riding the coastline, but more scenic. Seemed like France.
Entering the final province - New Brunswick.
Outskirts of Dalhousie, New Brunswick, our chosen final destination.
Dipping a pinky into the Atlantic Ocean just after climbing off the bike. 3837 miles down, 0 to go.
We asked another tourist to take our photo.
The biking portion of the trip.
The road ended at this very nice municipal campground, right on the beach.
Lighthouse a few hundred metres from our campsite.
Great Black-back Gulls on the beach at Dalhousie.
An all-day hike around Dalhousie.
Driving now, we crossed the Gaspe' Penisula to the north side. Midway we found this campsite along a world-class salmon stream.
Male Spruce Grouse, Gaspesie NP, Quebec
We did several long hikes in the Gaspesie NP.
American Lake, at the end of a relatively short hike (a few miles).
Another goal accomplished - we looked long and hard for our first moose.
Another walk in the park, looking for moose.
Celebration time - the four-star Gite du Mont-Albert
Celebration dinner. After more than two months of mostly cooking for ourselves in the camper, we didn't even mind the $190 bill for dinner. It was mostly for Lynn; I had a cheeseburger.
Viewpoint from a trail, Gaspesie NP
Common Eider, Gaspe' Peninsula
A scenic village along the north coast of the Gaspe' Peninsula. We were driving now, riding only interesting sections to keep the legs moving.
Easternmost point of the Gaspe' Penisula.
Ruddy Turnstone , Perce', Quebec
Close encounter with a moose in the forest. He looks friendly, n' est-ce pas?
The GPS plotted our drive home from the apogee of our journey.
Least Sandpiper practicing some yoga , Cap Perce'
Just a common little plover on the beach at Cap Perce'. I had a lot of fun photographing them.
A northern Gannet riding the waves.
Northern Gannet in flight, showing his 6' wing-span.
The "pierced rock" from the south
The waterfront, Cap Perce'
Birding along the beach at Cap Perce'
Now to unfinished business - we had 7 state high points to visit on the way back across the continent. This is Mt. Katahdin in Maine.
Starting up Mt. Katahdin. A non-trivial ascent, even by western standards.
On the eastern slopes of Mt. Katahdin.
The long summit plateau, Mt. Katahdin.
Summit, Mt. Katahdin.
Descending the south ridge of Mt. Katahdin.
End of trail; Mt. Katahdin from the south.
Black-throated Green Warbler, Cadillac Mtn, Acadia NP, Maine
Monarch butterfly in migration, Mt. Katahdin. We saw thousands of them, all flying south.
Beachfront, Acadia NP.
Black-cap Chickadee, Acadia NP
A squirrel stocking up on berries for the long winter.
An adventurous hike in Acadia NP near Bar Harbor.
This "hike" goes up 1000' of very steep granite.
More "via ferrata" on the Precipice Trail up Champlain Mtn.
Summit, Champlain Mtn.
When in Bar Harbor, one must have lobster.
near Bar Harbor
The original Ben & Jerry's ice cream factory near Stowe, Vermont.
Another state high point - Mt. Marcy, New York
Mt. Marcy from the campground and trailhead.
Summit area, Mt. Marcy
A cool forest toad.
Fall is coming on.
On Heart Lake at the base of Mt. Marcy.
Mt. Marcy from the canoe.
Riding to the high point of New Jersey. Four more states followed: Delaware, Rhode Island, Connecticut, and Missouri.
High Point, Oklahoma. We hiked here years ago. This time we just came to camp, because it's a cool spot.
Closer to home, we climbed Mt. Elbert (14,443'), the high point of Colorado, because it is a nice hike, and we needed exercise after 3000 miles of driving.
The trail up Mt. Elbert.
Looking down on Twin Lakes from the Mt. Elbert trail.
Higher on Mt. Elbert.
Summit, Mt. Elbert. The 2nd highest peak in the contiguous U.S. We returned two days later with friends to do it again.
Near Lake City, CO, one of the best places on the planet to be in the Fall.
The road down into Lake City.
Camping in the Utah desert, nearing home.
Typical Nevada road, early October snow flurry.
Back home, "our" deer in the back yard.
End of the road. The Ruby Mtns. from our rear deck. This is a larger-than normal panorama; use the magnifying glass to see all of it.