Tuesday, May 11, 2021

The Slight Roar of the Rain God

It was a slight roar but enough to kick me off the trails eventually. 

A planned longer ride starting at the top of End of the World and heading eastward for a change. The dirt riding started on RayGun when the hardtail came to life and helped carve out some super fun lines on the descents and climbed like a drunk billy goat on the technical climbs.

Guys. If you ride a bike lots. get yourself a nice carbon or titanium hardtail. Hell am I talking about?, Get steel! Be a real man and ride Edmonton singletrack on a steel hardtail in 2021. 

But titanium is nice too.. 

Silver Fox was ridden down. Once again huge kudos to the folks behind that one, with very cool features pretty much the whole way making this one of the best trails in the city. Another new trail was discovered and ridden up next to... Oh damn it.. what road is that? The Dawson Bridge road? Can we just call it that? Rowland road. There we go. Thank you Google maps *intern leans in "shouldn't you know that? 

I had a good ride, I didn't want to make an example out of this intern..

The great thing about the trail was it takes away that lame paved climb along Rowland. The trail does have lots of climbing and I was positive it would link up to Caddytrack which it eventually did. The ground is soft and juicy meaning this one just opened so get out there. I ran into Lonebiker brethren member Jason who was heading to Shooter McGavin to ride down for the first time. 

This trail, It just makes that area quite a bit better.

I crossed the Capilano bridge and returned by heading up in the hills in Dawson park. I didn't realize that would be the last of the singletrack for the day. I got to the Tawatinâ bridge and climbed up the hellish paved climb when the rain started to come down. Once I crested the top I took refuge under a foyer of some condo for a bit than started riding again. I had plans to scrap the rest of the planned destination and just book it back.

I manned up and rode the planned River Valley road out to MacKinnon and out. Ues, Victorias and Groat Road Rollercoaster and Wonder Woman were all in my sights but you know.. The rain. 

The rain which had stopped but I wanted to tread lightly back and rode the paved until I got to Laurier where the multi use took me out where it ended after another rough climb out of the Hawerlak multi use. 

this is cool, a noble idea, these definitely will not last very long though

Beer Friday. Driftwood Brewery, Fat Tug IPA

 Well here we are bringing back beer Friday after a few absent weeks.  Or so I think..  I feel like it's been a month or so but who know...