I met this French couple. In truth, I didn’t meet them, they caught up with me.
One day I was stopped on the road, eating bananas and peaches, looking at the flowers and hoping some animal would come out of the forest, when I see 2 figures coming up the road.
Two Cyclotourists! Ah! It’d been quite a while since I’d seen any!
Up closer I see that they’re a couple and they have a pretty, black female dog, Gaya. Gaya reminded me of my dog, Paco. From his personality to the white hairs on his snout to the white spot on his chest.
Nathalie and Yohann are both French, he’s spent the last 2 years around the world and she for the last 4 months, for the first time in America.
“Shall we continue on together?”
“Sure,” I said.
The lovely French couple Natalie and Johann (center) that traveled with their female dog, Gaya, and the Turk, Osman.
The first thing that became evident in our conversations is the quantity of things that I’m carrying and how light they’re travelling. This is a subject that still makes me uncomfortable. I want to travel light and I’ve made a significant effort to rid myself of things. Therefore, this is a subject that really interests me a lot!
Yohann has an incredible amount of knowledge about the new route I want to take. In the last few weeks I resolved to change my plans and climb the mountains, to pass through the first Canadian park, Banff National Park, and from there to continue on to Yellowstone and perhaps through the Utah desert.
We stayed together for 2 days.
Looking at Mount Robson and the clouds dancing around the peak we talked about how they’d found so much food?
They eat all the time. One afternoon we were sitting on the grass, feeling the sun and looking at the mountains when they took out a box of vegetables covered in a sauce. It looked really good! I hadn’t seen any restaurants around and I asked: “Where’d you get this?”
“From the trash”, answered Nathalie, “It’s incredible the amount of good, healthy food people throw in the trash. We take it and eat it. You want some?”
I accepted, it was broccoli with a lightly peppered sauce, delicious!
They told me that a few days before that they’d found 2 trays of raw vegetables! That was 2 great vegetarian meals!
I asked if they weren’t afraid of getting sick. They told me they use good sense. They smell it, look at it and make sure that the package is sealed. Like in any supermarket.
I thought about that. During the next few days I wanted to try this technique, after all, I’m in this for the experience, right? I opened the trash cans and looked. A lot of closed boxes with intact food inside. In Jasper, a kind of Campos do Jordão (a tourist city in São Paulo, southeast of Brasil) in the Canadian mountains, in front of a fast food restaurant, I found it interesting the amount of food in the trash.
I noticed the type of food that is thrown in the trash. The answer was on the menu of the restaurant. There was a dish, with some kind of beef (ground beef and flour formed to look like steak) with fried potatoes (mashed potatoes and flour in strips) and vegetables. In the trash the discarded boxes contained entire portions of vegetables.
Already inside Mount Robson Provincial Park, the rivers with glacier melt water are are full and colorful.
The “beef” and “potatoes” were the only items that were missing. The real food was thrown away.
I ate vegetables from the trash, and rice (which I made), during the 2 days I stayed in Jasper.
It was an interesting experience and every now and again I look in the trash to see what’s in there…
Arriving at Mount Robson Provincial Park, the highest mountain of the Canadian Rockies 3,954 m (12,972 ft.).