Jay Does Fort Macleod And Fort Walsh.
Looking For Jerry Potts - From September 9 - 14, 2021.
Day Five Of Ride For Jay Is Golden To Nakusp. Accompanied By Ken From Revelstoke.
Monday Sept. 13th
Since forever, speeding highway traffic approaches this section and all progress slows. It has always been a slithering crawl through the pass. Cars and tractor trailer trucks alike all clinging to the edge in single file creeping through this serpentine bottleneck.
As I went through the pass the mountain side was devastated, being all
tore up for construction. They don’t call it Kicking Horse for
nothing……..”Heck! They’re going to four-lane it”. Amazing bit of work.
Kicking horse Pass construction - Bing images
Transportation history according to Jay in the broadest sense. The
Missouri River feeds to the west and its tributaries feed northwest to
access Southern Alberta. This river and its tributaries is the
transportation route of the day. For earlier Canadians accessing across
the prairie it was difficult and not a preferred route. Travelers would
go to Fort Benton by train, up the established river system which was a
much quicker and more pleasant route. Easy access and having no laws on
the Canadian side of the border made the area a wide open and dangerous
place to live. It was a “free for all”. Sadly the whiskey trade
flourished on the Canadian prairie during this period.
“No law out west” say Ottawa
politicians. Out March the Mounties to enforce the laws, end the whiskey
trade, secure the border and take hold of Canadian sovereignty.
Settler’s flood out west. Prime Minster McDonald builds a railway to
connect all the Canadian provinces. The rail line through the Rocky
Mountains is a monumental project in its time. A highway is built
through the Rockies and over the years this highway has been constantly
upgraded. The Phase 4 upgrade of the Kicking Horse Pass is continuing
this historic connection of Canada from east to west.
My friend Ken… remember him… my riding buddy from Kelowna. He was
involved in the ride from Kelowna to Cranbrook. He is now going to meet
me in Revelstoke B.C. to continue and conclude the ride. We both arrived
within minutes of each other in Revelstoke (life is all about the
timing), we can now continue on down to Nakusp B.C. via highway 23 using
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