Saturday, April 13, 2024

A Bitter Disappointment


It was a ride in the making all week long after Tuesday's roll through Leduc and then Wednesday's fun Cameron to Fort Edmonton run. I had planned on a big ride out and throughout the city and river valley. 

I had planned on sixty to eight but I think right in the middle somewhere in the seventy km range would be quite respectable. I started at Wagner High school for a different change and avoided the ever so tempting Mill Creek and followed the valley line until it made a hard left towards the ski club.

I kept going straight towards the Ewok area and took the paved and feeling very good so far and knew it was going to be a great day.

I crossed the cutest river crossing in Edmonton and passed through Dawson park and climbed up into the trees and did not have any clue which way I wanted to go. 

* Keep going straight? 

* Climb out into town? 

* Make an abrupt U turn and maybe find that old haunted hospital?

*  The singletrack seems ready. Explore some of the good stuff?

All that ended abruptly when my front tire quit holding air and I had to spend about an hour trying to seal up a split near the valve stem. It was a very annoying process and yes my pump did go flying into the bush at pone point. 

The spirit of the ride was dead. Plus I didn't trust my shitty patch job so I knew I had to split for home which was fine cause the whole ordeal was ridiculous. On the plus side it looks like the singletrack is open in most areas which drastically changes tomorrow's plans. 

A shame about this one though. Saturdays have not been top notch since starting the new job and I know they will turn around. This would have been the first top notch Monday to Friday Saturday ride. 

Stupid tubes... 

no tire leavers which i found later in my enormous pack but an ipod did the trick

this stuff looks ready kids! boo ya! 

 

Wednesday, April 10, 2024

Cameron to the Mighty Fort.... Edmonton

 



I might have mixed up the days on which I planned these rides. I should have done this yesterday and Leduc today to cool down. My thoughts on the drive to Cameron Heights which were kind of proven wrong. I did change destinations mid way through and instead of the planned power line cancer trail I chose Terwillegar gravel multi use cross the river and see where I ended up.

The thought of the climbs out of Whitemud ravine made my decision easier but I was scared of mud and wet spots. Terwillegar was fine but I took a chance on the outer Fort Edmonton riverside trails and there was too much mud for my liking. The tracks through the mud told a different story as it has been ridden quite a bit.

I climbed out and rode through residential back to Powerline and crossed for my fourth river crossing of the day and that ice looked pretty mean so careful out there kids. 

A definite plus factor from yesterdays cold and windy lake run. I need more river valley time. 

too much of this at fort ed. multi use for me


Tuesday, April 9, 2024

Not So Straight Around a Couple Lakes

 



ooh ya baby look at those sexy legs. Ladies and Gents if you start looking at my legs and are having serious thoughts about why you are with your now questionable beloved knowing this little rascal is out and about I have news for ya.

This little rascal is married. 

Oh fuck me guys I'm sorry... I can literally smell the cringe coming off that. It started out as a joke and I don't know what the hell happened but it ended serious. Thats where the self made pet name came from. .

A ride around Leduc which I know all too well. An added bonus of showing exposed skin for the first tine in twenty-four was top notch (see above idiot boys comedy routine.) The backwind pushed me hard and I caught some e-bikers and was Dodge Ramming their ass for a bit cause I didn't have a bell. I backed off and had a potty break to let them drop out of sight.

The ride westward was headwind galore and a tad miserable. Once I got in the trees things were fine and I was inspired to ride around the cool airplane park named after some goofy politician where I think it should be an air force war hero from the Leduc region. 

But hey... I'm an idiot. Just look at the first three short paragraph/ sentences of this post. 

Hopefully more rides will be happening. Be careful of combustibles folks. The fires have already started.  

Sunday, April 7, 2024

Straights Again



 


With things melting from the last tiny snowstorms we had I have been staying off the bikes and took the Octane One out for the out and back to Eagle Rock as things would be nice and dry. 

I prefer telford Lake to this cause I don't like the constant threat of someone in an escalade smoking me from behind because they were texting. Really no close calls on the four times I rode this route but I just don't like dealing with cars.

Sunday, March 31, 2024

Straights





A ride that may become more routine on here just like the Telford lake run. Telford lake today was tempting but I assumed it would be wet and possibly snowy and icy after that snow storm last week. 
I knew this would be dry but the only problem... 

Vehicles coming up from behind you on a narrowish road. That could be the main reason Telford Lake always wins. This run from home to Eagle Rock and back has happened before and will happen some more. 

Nothing too crazy with little turns. The decapitated doll head was the odd highlight. 

Actually no. That bike is super cool and was the highlight with the doll head coming in at a close second.


Saturday, March 30, 2024

Beer Easter Weekend. The Growlery Beer Co. Vega West Coast IPA


 Well here we are again after kind of a long absence. Let's see now... just how long was it? 

March the second. That really isn't that long ago but we did miss a few so in turn I fired some interns to make me feel better and you know what? It worked. 

The Growlery Beer Company is a local Edmonton brewery with a tap room and is located at the old downtown airport. They have a tap room and the brewery features three core beers  and a ton of seasonal beers. The Vega IPA we have is one of the brewery core beers. 

The website was ok. It had the tap room menu and list of beers but I didn't like how you could not click on a beer and read about it. Should I start rating the websites on these reviews now? That is a super duper idea and this brewery's website gets 2 gigabytes out of 5. 

*holds for no laughter.

Moving on.. let's pour this one. To the Pour room!

It was a noble pour.  Another dirty sunny beer greeted our tester  glass and a one fingered head hung around for a little bit. It had a smell of slight pine with a nod to citrus. When I had the first sip I emitted a loud audible "Wow!"

This might have been the best first sip ever. This one has what I would call a citrus punch to it when you first sip and it's quite amazing and right after that citrus pop is a very nice smooth tasting IPA that makes the taste buds have mini orgasms It has a nice balanced mat flavour to this and could be one of the best IPA's I have had. 

Seek this one out. This could be the all time best beer reviewed on Lonebiker. 

Interns and executives are hugging and crying. This is phenomenal. 

This beer gets 5.5 suds out of 5. 




Friday, March 29, 2024

HeadBanger


Most likely now would be the last fat bike ride of the year but who knows? The last post on riding around Beaumont had a very spring like feeling to it. It was incredible and I don't think I mentioned it on the post. The day after we were slightly walloped with some snow making the next day at work quite miserable as I was not ready for it. 

Hence snow. Hence fat bike. Hence  riding the The Trap and misjudging trees. 

A somewhat pleasant ride which featured some Mill Creek singletrack which was making things in the day feel so much better. The flow on the trap today had me in a trance like state as the amaze overwhelmed me. 

I then quickly snapped back to reality when I hit a tree at a decent speed as I poorly miscalculated a hanging tree that I have gone around countless times year after year after year.

It was a weird smack to the head when a tingle went down the spine which as I type this now I think it seems a bit fucked up as I remember the incredible smack to the head and then finding myself on the tree opposite of the one I hit with some darkness in between. 

Other than the darkness things were cool I guess. 

The head smack sound overplayed for a while after it happened. I was fine, no sign of nausea or anything and was able to focus getting out of the Trap and close to crossing the river but I guess the smack to the head freaked me out a little. So I made my way back by looping back up to the streets upwards past the Old Timers cabin and found the infamous Old Strathcona main bike lane (as per lonebiker stats) and than headed south back towards the car all via residential streets in cool Edmonton neighbourhoods. 

A Bitter Disappointment

It was a ride in the making all week long after Tuesday's roll through Leduc and then Wednesday's fun Cameron to Fort Edmonton run. ...