Well, Gentle Readers, I made it to Edmonton with a minimum of fuss. Only one hiccup: a road which was open on the map was closed due to construction. So I had to backtrack, and was parked somewhere reading the map when a very kind man asked if I needed assistance. I did! He told me which way to go: I just follow the road and turn left, left again, then left again – just like my Dad so I knew I’d be okay.
Got to my destination and unpacked, then set out to go to the Edmonton Mall, which is the largest in North America. I decided to get a taxi there because I was too tired to try to find it on the bike.
As I mentioned, the Edmonton Mall is the largest in North America, and was once the largest in the world. This place is massive, and makes Chermside shopping centre look like a corner store from the 1950s. It is about eight blocks long and three blocks wide. I was a bit scared of getting lost, so headed straight for the information desk where I secured a map of the place.
I saw there were some theme parks in the Mall, so headed to one. Here are some photos of one of the theme parks:
The place even has an ice rink!
I like this mall – it is very nicely designed.
Here’s the REAL reason I visited the mall 🙂
And finally, here’s one for you, Kimberlee. See, they even have these here!
Took the bike to Argyll BMW the next day and got the tyres replaced. I also had them do an oil and filter change, check brakes pads, etc etc. Done by 1 PM and I was off to Jasper, in the Rocky Mountains. I made it to a place called Edson and stopped at a very rustic campground 8 kms out of town. It cost me $20, and this is what I love about camping.
I have mega-photos to sort through, so will post this now and tell you about Jasper tomorrow. Alberta is a beautiful province. Some parts remind me of Aussieland actually. The summer weather has been similar: hot during the day them storms late afternoon/evening.
Twelve years ago, almost to the day, I looked down on Jasper and the Rockies from a plane and vowed to ride a motorcycle through here one day. Now, it’s finally happening.