15 April 385km Calgary-Porcupine Hills - Fernie - Wardner, BC Need to escape. It’s been a long winter but planning a bike trip this early, in Canada? Guess we’ll see how that turns out. Noon departure - BigMuppet finally gets his road test sorted after riding his bike for 12,000km so he’s ready to roll. MediumMuppet has been packed and ready since January. We blasted south of town and jumped on gravel heading into the porcupine hills, low elevation foothills...surely clear of snow by mid April...We hoped. Attempted to ride Skyline Rd but encountered mud ruts and snow at 1600m. A passing farmer confirmed our suspicions about the road conditions ahead - he was in 4x4 mode for 5km sliding around in the mud ruts. Ah...no thanks. We did a shithook and go outta there...but not before BigMuppet plugged his 790 into a snowbank. It was pretty comical to watch. We backtracked to hwy 22 then down Willow Creek Rd for the great views. Rolled into Fernie to grab fuel, beer, and a beef wrap from the Chopsticks food truck (so good). Continued riding west and found a great spot to stealth camp and settled in for pints, fire, stories and great scenery.