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Old 05-07-2012, 07:04 PM   #2071
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First trip south on McLean Creek road this season. Second time since owning the Buell. this is fun!


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Old 05-07-2012, 10:32 PM   #2072
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Looks like a great time to ride.

I wish there were more roads closer to Calgary to explore, B.C really has us beat with that, but I guess that gives us destinations to make trips with!

If you haven't already, there are some great roads your Buel would have no problems with south of Cobin and east of Fernie. Grey Creek is another good one. For the most part if you are a bit adventurous with the bike you could do Lost Creek too but there are a few sections that can be a bit rocky but after that it's a pretty fun ride.

There are some more but I can't really give directions. I'd hate for somebody to get lost and not make there way out or run out of gas!

I hope to get some more exploring this summer/fall when I get my bike back =(
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Old 05-08-2012, 10:15 PM   #2073
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Nice night for a ride

Took the small bike out for a ride tonight. Rode about half way down the Trans Alta road. it was a beautiful night and there wasn't a soul around.

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Old 05-09-2012, 06:44 AM   #2074
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Looks like a great time to ride.

I wish there were more roads closer to Calgary to explore, B.C really has us beat with that, but I guess that gives us destinations to make trips with!=(
Shibby, I've checked out Grey Creek on google maps before. Definitely want to do a loop through there from Redwood Meadows where I live.
And I crossed a couple rocky creek beds with the Buell last summer- had to creep along on the trail and take it easy but on clearer spots its no problem opening the beast up and letting the dirt fly!
So no bike in your garage at the moment?



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Old 05-09-2012, 06:46 AM   #2075
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Took the small bike out for a ride tonight. Rode about half way down the Trans Alta road. it was a beautiful night and there wasn't a soul around.

Here are a few pics from my iPhone.



Where is the Transalta road? Where does it start if you don't mind me asking...


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Old 05-09-2012, 08:28 AM   #2076
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Trans Alta Road is just north of Waiprous on the Trunk road. Where the pavement ends and the gravel takes a 90 degree right. As soon as the gravel goes right, it is on the north (left) side of the road. You will cross a cattle gate and see a information board on the right. That's it. It goes west to the Valley that feeds Minnawanka lake. Nice ride. about a kilometer and a half you will cross a narrow wooden bridge over a stream and get to a muddy spot (sometimes), stay right and go up the hill. There is a riding lodge out a ways and plenty of spots to camp with great views. If you go doiwn the hill at the end of the road into the valley there is another camp area along the river bed on the left. The hill is usually badly rutted and full of loose rock so be careful if your tires are marginal. You can also follow the valley (when the water is low) all the way to Devil's Gap, the boundry to Banff Park.









Note: You can not take a motorized vehicle beyond that point and the signs clearly state this.
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Old 05-09-2012, 09:56 AM   #2077
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I was backpacking there a few years ago on a long weekend and the park wardens and RCMP had a trap set just inside the park boundary with a bunch of 4x4's pulled over. DO NOT go past that sign or you face a huge fine (and its a DB thing to do, anyway, since they'll end up closing the road if people keep doing it).
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Old 05-09-2012, 11:20 AM   #2078
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I was backpacking there a few years ago on a long weekend and the park wardens and RCMP had a trap set just inside the park boundary with a bunch of 4x4's pulled over. DO NOT go past that sign or you face a huge fine (and its a DB thing to do, anyway, since they'll end up closing the road if people keep doing it).
They use wildlife cameras to catch the bad apples as well as patrols in the air and on land. As you can see by the pictures there are quad tracks into the park, since some don't take it seriously. Best not to screw with National Parks land, as you say the fines are big.

No reason to go further anyway as the ride to the boundry is great! The valley is usually deserted and very scenic.

It is supposed to be a great this weekend, if anyone wants to check Trans Alta out, I'm game for Saturday or Sunday. We could meet at Tim's in Cochrane for 10:00.......
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Old 05-09-2012, 12:54 PM   #2079
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I'm out of town Fri-Sat, not that I want to change any plans, but I would be in if you go out Sunday. I still have the stock Tourance tires on the Sertao, so I would need to avoid really greasy sections.
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:01 PM   #2080
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I'm out of town Fri-Sat, not that I want to change any plans, but I would be in if you go out Sunday. I still have the stock Tourance tires on the Sertao, so I would need to avoid really greasy sections.
Since nobody else has piped up I have no problem with Sunday, leaving from the Tim Horton's in Cochrane, meet at 10:00 am. Maybe Beema Killa will go for Sunday, which I know that is a better day for him. Most of the road is good (sometimes rough) gravel, with one short (possibly) greasy section that is doable.Maybe Ryder Patrol can shed some light on this.
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Old 05-09-2012, 01:15 PM   #2081
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^^^ Great, if anything prevents me from being there I'll PM ya, otherwise, I'll be at the Cochrane Tim's at 10am - I've got a white BMW Sertao - I'm guessing you'll have your KTM?

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Since nobody else has piped up I have no problem with Sunday, leaving from the Tim Horton's in Cochrane, meet at 10:00 am. Maybe Beema Killa will go for Sunday, which I know that is a better day for him. Most of the road is good (sometimes rough) gravel, with one short (possibly) greasy section that is doable.Maybe Ryder Patrol can shed some light on this.
At the beginning, just after the bridge over the creek, the road was a little wet but it was not slick and posed no problem. I continued on past the cabins/lodge and up the hill then turned around. The hill was a bit rough from corrosion but if you stay on the well travelled line it's not a problem.

I would like to join you on Sunday. I'll meet you at Tim's at 10:00 and I will be riding a white F800GS.
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Old 05-09-2012, 02:40 PM   #2083
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^^^ Great, if anything prevents me from being there I'll PM ya, otherwise, I'll be at the Cochrane Tim's at 10am - I've got a white BMW Sertao - I'm guessing you'll have your KTM?

Yep, the KTM. Great looking bike, I sat on one at the show and really liked it. Looks like it would be easy to throw around (or pick up).

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At the beginning, just after the bridge over the creek, the road was a little wet but it was not slick and posed no problem. I continued on past the cabins/lodge and up the hill then turned around. The hill was a bit rough from corrosion but if you stay on the well travelled line it's not a problem.

I would like to join you on Sunday. I'll meet you at Tim's at 10:00 and I will be riding a white F800GS.
Sounds great guys, we will see you there, I suspect the number will grow yet, Beema ??, Hoctuoran??, Snooze??
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Old 05-09-2012, 04:18 PM   #2084
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Sunday Sunday someday! Mothers day race. Wife runs while I watch kids...thanks again for the invite - always good to be requested for something other than snotty noses...


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Old 05-09-2012, 06:00 PM   #2085
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Saturday?

Anybody interested in doing Saturday? Sunday is Mother's day and I have to fly to the Big Smoke in the afternoon .
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