It's hard to get lost when there's only one road.

Trip Start Jun 30, 2010
Trip End Jul 20, 2010

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Friday, July 16, 2010

My GPS died again today. It has been working in the mornings, but sometime during the day it seems to shut down and cannot be revived. This hasn't been a problem in the remote areas, as it's hard to get lost when there's only one road. Just point yourself in the right direction and go. Now that I'm in more populated areas I'll have to rely more on the good AAA maps I brought along.
After riding through downtown Banff I rode 60 miles east to Calgary. I thought Calgary would be something like a little version of Denver, perched in the foothills at the edge of the Rockies. I was wrong. You descend out of the mountains from Banff and about 40 miles from Calgary the landscape changes to moderately rolling hills, similar to the landscape through northern Saskatchewan.

At a gas stop I asked somebody where the events were held for the 1988 Olympics in Calgary (It's hard to believe it was that long ago. I'm so old!). He said some events were held at a
ski resort in Banff. For many of the events they built a park to the east of the city with man-made ski slopes, toboggan runs, and so forth. The park is now open to the public. I stayed on the west side of the city and didn't see the winter park.

Calgary itself is a busy modern city. The size of the buildings in the skyline reminded me of Columbus, Ohio. Unfortunately I did not find a good place to stop to get a photo of the skyline. I am actually stopped for the night about 20 miles south of Calgary at High River, Alberta.
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K on

You passed through Calgary during the Stampede apparently. See

K on

BTW, your current location (Havre MT) was originally named Bullhook Bottoms. (See

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