After being on the road a little over 3 weeks, we have done some reflecting on those little acts of kindness we have received from strangers..
Heather and Jeff in Whistler who plied us with beers and chips, and many many words of advice in bike touring, the Divide, bears and happy bums. And donated us their bear spray! When strangers become friends!
The young couple in whistler who donated some cheese and jalepeno sausages, yum!
Then the Irish/English couple in Whistler who donated beers and sausages.
Then there was the crazy dog man who was a gift from the gods when he took our panniers for us as we climbed up the insane Highline road to Seton Portage.
And Mark a fellow cycle tourer who shared many a cycling story, our campsite and his powdered hummus with us at Pavillion Lake. We ran into him again in the Main Street of Canmore, a few weeks later!
Then there was the couple in Revelstoke who shared their beers, and a potential trail building job for Shane, including a chopper ride to the site....ahhhh!
The campground in Canoe that offered half price camping for cyclists!
Tanya from the Kicking Horse Hostel in Golden, who provided her yard for camping and access to all her facilities for free. The mozzies were a not so welcome bonus!
And the poor Dutch couple at Lake Louise who asked to borrow a lighter for their fire, and suddenly found us drinking their beers, and Shane building their fire!
The life saving Japanese couple we met in Banff at the Banff Adventure Film Fest, who gave us a lift back to our campsite, and saved us from walking home in the storm.
Wilma from the Rocky Mountains Chalet in Canmore who saved us from the cold and the rain, and every hotel being booked out, and gave us a 2 bedroom apartment she wasn't meant to rent out, and did it for half the price, angel!!
The crazy 3 Alaskans, Dave, Tom and Chris, who we shared days 2&3 on the Great Divide. Great company, some amazing stories, delicious brownies, a few shots of rum, and now a place for us to stay when we go to Alaska at some point! It was really sad to leave the gang!!!
The Calgary couple at the Blue Lake Campsite, there for the serenity, then 5 cyclists destroyed their peace, so they sat us down in their comfy chairs and shared their beers!!
And that's only 3 weeks worth!
The random RV park in Baines Lake, just before we crossed the border into the States. We rolled up to an RV park, pretty much full of permanent RV's. Befre we were off the bikes, some retirees offerred us beer. Then they invited us to their annual park Pot Luck Dinner, at the local hall. Picture table after table full of home cooked food they had been cooking all day, as well as a big table of desserts, and free beer. This was INSANE we ate so much that I we had to roll around town on the bike for an hour before we could even consider going to bed!
Then there was our fantastic Warm Showers hosts in Denver, Allison and Jim, who let me stay 2 nights in their beautiful home, its so nice to have the comforts of home!
There are certainly some amazing people out there!!!
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