Keeping ahead of the rain to Clearwater
After spending a great two days in Jasper it was time to hit the road again and head to Clearwater. I checked the weather report whilst having breakfast, and heavy rain was forecast for most of my route. I had been really fortunate with the amazing weather since arriving in Canada, so a bit of wet weather riding would provide a different perspective to the landscape and seeing how the BMW would handle.
Before heading out, I made sure my waterproof jacket and trousers were easily available so I could make a quick change at the roadside. The air felt crisp and chilly heading along the scenic route 16 through the Mount Robson Provincial Nation Park, and the raid held off until turning south towards Blue River on route 5.
I stopped at Blue River for lunch, and an opportunity to dry out a bit before the final leg towards Clearwater. I arrived in Clearwater in the early afternoon, and fortunately I had a break in the rain, so rather than get checked in to the hotel I took a detour to Wells Gray Provincial Park. I was treated to some amazing scenery and fabulous roads, whilst stopping to see Moul Falls and Helmcken Falls.
The rest areas near each of the falls was very quiet, and it was a real treat to be able to walk up to the viewing platforms to see the falls and rivers. After spending an enjoyable two hours taking in the scenery I could see the bad weather starting to close in again, so it was time to head back to Clearwater to get checked in to the hotel.