Riding the Ridge at Sunset

This fall the bicycle gods have been smiling. First, Calgary is experiencing the longest fall I can remember ever! This is the first time it hasn’t snowed before Halloween in my memory. Second, my daughter now drives but has been commuting to downtown by c-Train, which means I can leave the family van at a train station for her, but with my bike on board to ride the rest of the way home – with a suitable detour of course ;-).

Last week, my friend Ian led the way along an incredible ridge trail in the sunset. Entering into Fish Creek Provincial Park (aka FCPP) from the north east along the c-Train line, we first headed west, climbed to the ridge, then south in a loop back east, and finally coming out of the park into Shawnessey before heading home (and explaining to my wonderful wife Elizabeth why a 30 minute ride took 2 hours).


Here are Ian’s photo’s for proof we were actually there!


What a sunset!



The Mighty Wind

Heading home from work last week by bicycle, I turned onto a favorite piece of single-track. It had been windy earlier that afternoon for about 45 minutes, but this I didn’t expect….




As I picked my way over the last tree, it occured to me – wouldn’t it have been wild to have out when it was windy!



What’s Happening, Thursday Edition

What I love most about my bicycle commit is the variety.

On my ride home today, I noticed a plume of dark smoke in the distance (I was riding along the east side of the Bow River, south of where Deeerfoot Trail crosses the Bow, and north of the pathway’s Higgins Bridge over the Bow) and called 9-1-1.


Riding over (a bit difficult, as I was still talking to the response center), I could see a fallen tree next to the river with quite a bit of smoke and a bit of active flame in the stump. There was also a fellow biker standing in the river filling up his water bottle and emptying it on the stump – clearly fighting a losing battle. Ten minutes later the fire truck arrived and took over putting out the fire.