Arrival Time 5:30 A.M. Jasper, Alberta

Smithers, B.C.
July 5, ’80

Well, here I am, in a dry room, wet, and waiting for the train
departure that will take me across B.C. to Jasper, Alberta, some 490
miles. In Jasper I will get off the train and bicycle down the
Canadian Rockies to Banff, 300 miles south. I’m looking forward to
that ride, but even more, I’m looking forward to leaving this rain behind.

When I packed up my gear, and left the falling down barn, I walked
out into a heavy drizzle. I carried my bike back across the cow dung
and through the tall, wet, grass. Soaking wet, and back on the
highway, I had already made up my mind to check out a train ride as
soon as possible. Three days of wet wilderness biking had taken
everything out of me. After arriving in Smithers, the first question I
asked was “What’s the weather report?” The ticket guy responded, “More of the same.” But then he added, “You should have been here three days ago. It was absolutely gorgeous.”

I spent the rest of the morning, after buying my ticket, cleaning my
bike and getting groceries. Arrival time in Jasper was 5:30 a.m. Even
though the train was running an hour late already, it would still get
into Jasper before the stores opened in the morning, and I didn’t want to wait around to buy supplies. I found shipping my bike easy. Whereas back in Ottawa I had to “package my bike,” out here I just put a name tag on the handlebar. The baggage guy lifted it fully loaded into the boxcar and that was that. Everything was looking good except the weather. If it stayed that way, the shear beauty of the parks would have to become my sunshine.


About bwinwnbwi

About me: Marvin Gaye’s song, "What’s Going On" was playing on the jukebox when I went up to the counter and bought another cup of coffee. When I got back, the painting on the wall next to where I was sitting jumped out at me, the same way it had done many times before. On it was written a diatribe on creativity. It was the quote at the bottom, though, that brought me back to this seat time after time. The quote had to do with infinity; it went something like this: Think of yourself as being in that place where infinity comes together in a point; where the infinite past and the infinite future meet, where you are at right now. The quote was attributed to Hermann Hesse, but I didn’t remember reading it in any of the books that I had read by him, so I went out and bought Hesse’s last novel, Magister Ludi. I haven’t found the quote yet, but I haven't tired of looking for it either.
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One Response to Arrival Time 5:30 A.M. Jasper, Alberta

  1. ElizOF says:

    I love all your photos… Such gorgeous shots of the landscape. 🙂

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