The lucky 13th segment marks the finale to this journey. In this installment I get rained on (no surprise), hailed on (surprise) and discover some genuine Curbside Classics in the Crownsest pass.
This day was the least distance but also featured the worst weather for the whole trip between Pincher Creek and Fort MacLeod.
After packing up we rode out of British Columbia and back into Alberta. My riding partner left as we entered the Crowsnest Pass as he has a trailer there where he was staying for the weekend. Now riding solo I took a quick detour off the highway to explore the town of Coleman. This is an older church converted to a cafe.
There are plenty of of older buildings here although some are not in great condition like this retired school building.
Property values were historically quite low until relatively recently.
However a good number are now being restored/taken care of. Our focus is vehicles rather than houses so we also have an Eighties Jeep Wagoneer featuring (fake) wood panels.
An old International bus converted to a RV hangs out nearby.
The Roxy Theatre was built in 1948 but has been closed for many years.
The front section housed the lobby and refreshment stand while the actual seating area was contained in an attached Quonset style building.
The Grand Union Hotel building with a GMC version of the Tracker which was only sold in Canada. It takes a dedicated car anorak to spot these differences (badges only) but I enjoy spying the Canadian variants.
The Coleman Journal was Coleman’s third newspaper operating from 1921 to 1972. For its whole life the paper was hand set and printed on a hand operated press.
This area offers a good selection of older 4×4 trucks and SUVs including this GMC Sierra Grande K15 pickup.
The old Coleman High School is now museum.
I spotted a Ford Model A on my first day and it seemed only fitting to see one on the last as well, this time a pickup version. The Ford Tempo behind is getting rare in places these days and is almost color coordinated with the Model A.
Interiors do not get much more simple than this.
The license plate pegs this one as a 1928 model.
Speaking of pickups how about this Ford Festiva pickup truck conversion? Festero? The 4×4 sticker and smoke stacks are nice touches.
The little truck-let also features a winch.
Moving on we get a view of Frank’s slide and Turtle mountain from Bellevue.
An old service station also in Bellevue.
It is finally time to leave the mountains for good and head into the prairie toward home.
Soon these ominous clouds appeared on the horizon. The rain absolutely bucketed down and with massive gusts of wind. Speeds dropped significantly as the roads were covered in pooling water. After about twenty miserable minutes I got a break from the rain as it briefly changed to hail. Luckily that did not last too long as the rain came back for another twenty minutes or so. I stopped in Fort MacLeod to drain the water out of my gloves before finishing the last leg towards home. The rain had managed to make it through my water proof pouches a little wreaking some paper including my passport.
This very orange second generation Chevrolet Camaro Z28 marks the last curbside spotting for the trip.
Once home the final odometer reading was 7619 kms. Not considering I had bought the bike only two months previous with fifteen hundred and change on it.
A well deserved oil change followed a few days later.
All in all it was a fantastic, once in a lifetime trip. I cannot take any credit for the route as my riding partner put that all together and he did a amazing job of it. Hopefully I will be able to take another trip next year although my moped bags were looking a little sad and developed a hole on one side. I also managed to burn my pants on the exhaust at some point in the trip.
The full trip log: