After completing last minute errands in Banff, we got an early 2:15pm start on the trail. The weather was perfect and the scenery provided by Banff National Park was some of the most beautiful the three of us have ever seen. We spent the first part of the day learning how to ride our heavily-laden bikes, stopping and starting frequently to fine-tune our bikes, with the occasional crash (both riding and walking the bike) mixed in (Brett 2, Jeff 1, Kelly 0) As a reward for our patience, we received our first gift of trail karma in the form of a Prius.
While rounding a bend in the Smith-Dorrien/Spray Trail road, we were greeted by a large female moose blocking our way. In an attempt to not be trampled by a moose on our first day, we waited for the moose to move. After realizing we and the moose shared the same plan (to wait until the other one moved), we used a passing eco-friendly Prius to ward off this natural threat. Had the moose been a sasquatch, we would have known exactly what to do.
We biked till dusk and setup camp a short ways off the trail.