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Discussion in 'Canada' started by macuser, Feb 9, 2009.
Canmore was great yesterday.
Lee - is that 37 St SW, south of 22X??
I also got out out yesterday - things are pretty dry now by Water Valley. Great day to be on the bike.
I was out for a ride yesterday north and west of Calgary, wandering aimlessly through the secondary paved and gravel roads between Highway 1A on the south, 22 on the east, and the FTR on the west as I worked my way north to Sundre. I had been on a lot of these roads before, and given the time of year I had a bias to stay on good (read dry) gravel and clear (read dry) pavement. After a couple of hours of twisting and turning I came to a road heading west that I had never been on before. Google maps labels it Township Road 304A. A few miles down this pristine paved road I came upon a sign proclaiming this to be courtesy of Canada's Economic Action Plan. That got my attention. I started to look more closely at my surroundings as I continued west. This was an expensive road. What was the economic reason for our federal government to spend untold millions of dollars upgrading it to the present high standard and what was it going to cost the Alberta taxpayer in the future to maintain the road? I do not have answers to either question but probably wouldn't like them even if I had them. There does not seem to be any justification for the money spent to date since there is nothing other than a few oil and gas sites in the area, and surely those would have been fine continuing with the usual quality of rural Alberta gravel road. I turned around at the point where 304A became 302A so I can't comment on how far the pavement carries on or what else is out there that would justify the cost once you hit the forest reserve. My recollection is that there is no paved road connecting to the FTR south of where Hwy 584 meets the FTR a little north of Sundre. So Township Road 302A probably isn't paved alll the way to the FTR. Still, as a taxpayer in a country overburdened by debt at the federal level and a provincial government so mired in debt it is slashing budgets left and right (mostly right), this paved road seems pointlessly extravagant. At the same time as this has been happening the Alberta Government has been ramping up processes that are intended to restrict access to many remote areas in the province. Does anyone else see the irony in this?
I had a good ride out to the last hill on the TransAlta today.
Wet, dry, frozen, thawed...a bit of everything. Generally decent conditions with all the potholes filled with water. The creek near the start was overflowing the road and snow/ice was lingering in any shady sections. The big hill looked OK but I was short on time so didn't venture past the top.
Somewhere along the way I picked up my first nail. Rattled my teeth out above 120kph but the rear K60 held up fine with only 12 PSI left by the time I got home and discovered the issue. Now I know what a flat feels like...and now i get to see if the K60 comes off as easily as it went on.
Work just keeps getting in the way of timing rides...great shots and nice mud climb! I mixed down the video of my solo attempt at crossing the Indian Graves Pass on 532 a few days ago. Still new to the bike so less adventurous. Just couldn't get traction to keep going up the hill at the end there before I turned around.
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For posting that. Nice vid. Think I'll wait till they open the gates May 15, I think. Nice to do the whole loop. 532 down to Coleman or Highwood Junction to Coleman. Or do Dutch Creek to Coleman, if they haven't destroyed that one bridge yet. Both great fast dirt rides. Then come home on the east side of 22 up the Snake, Skyline Trail etc. All good stuff.
Thanks Red Cat, and those are going to be great runs. I also want to try pushing in west toward the mountains from that area too, find some smaller roads to explore.
I was just about to say yeah, that was me, but I went through Bragg Creek on Thursday after 532. On Saturday morning I only had a short time to ride and went to Waiparous Creek Road. I haven't seen too many orange Adventures around, but I guess there is another. Did you design the dragon decal yourself? Looks good!
Speaking of my Saturday run up 40, I was actually going to respond to Fatallybitten's socio-political comment (which btw I'd bet is because someone with pull owns land down that road...). Anyway I've been waiting for the FTR to de-ice up to Waiparous Creek Road so I could get to the Staging area on the right as you go north (Ghost I think) - I'm not 100% sure because everything looks so different there now, but it is gone, and a 4 story pile of gravel is there instead, and the other side of the road is being strip-logged. I guess this is why they have to close down the OHV areas, what a cash grab.
To continue the randomness of this post, the reason I wanted to work with the 950 Adv in that staging area was to get used to it and set up the suspension. Instead I just took a rip down Waiparous Creek Road - I guess I rode it like the XRR, bottomed out the front end and dented my rim relatively bad. Didn't notice it until I came home so probably OK to ride some more on it, but I'll be ordering a stronger one soon.
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You nearly took a soil sample at around 2:10. Would have been messy in that mud. Looks like a beautiful ride, look forward to trying it this summer.
Lol, yeah, but at least I had a reason to insert the clip in slow motion! I was actually quite impressed with the 950, I thought it was going down but I could stand it back up just like the XRR. Which is probably why I started riding it like one in Waiparous, but I really need to set the forks up first...I think I'm a lot heavier then the guy who owned it before me, and he didn't ride off road much.
Too bad you couldn't ride through that water after your muddy ride. Things are drying up quickly, hope there are some nice days this weekend.
March 31 and April 1 I did the Forestry Trunk Road all the way from Hyw 1A to Hyw 11. The only icy spots were 77 kms North of Mountain Aire Lodge. I had to idle the V-pig threw it, and I never had one any problems at all...
From Jeathrow Bowdean
Looks like amazing views. Doesn't look like the hottest place on earth though...
I'd like to ride there sometime!
Its actually just outside Death Valley Alabama Hills in Long Pine.
Looks spectacular, I'm headed there next week
I am looking to recover my seat myself and am looking for a supplier here in Calgary. Anyone know of a good spot to look?
What exactly are you looking for? I've recovered my seats before and gotten the stretchy leather like stuff from Fabricland. It worked well, it was the same stuff that came stock on the bike.
THAT is exactly what I am looking for. Thanks! I'll go have a look. I am ok with the stock seat cover, it is just going to be too small when I add foam.
There is a seat place across from Walt's.
Also, if required, you can usually buy seat covers from Seat Concept. I think they have stock and modified foam covers. They aren't located in Calgary though.