Tuesday, June 18, 2024

Basking in That Terwillegar Glow




A rather amazing after work ride on the wonderful Moots which carried its weight through the singletrack. I have started gaining power after some hard climbs which was a big confidence booster but did blow up on the first climb as I always get the heart going too fast. I've tried taking it extremely easy with the same result and it happens almost every ride and I always think about dying in that moment. 

Cool huh? 

After the weirdness I'm good and it usually doesn't come back unless I really push it. The ride started in Cameron Heights where Bottle Rocket took me to the bridge where I crossed and Staff Climbed out on through the campus and onto Go trail. 

It was Go trail that made things come alive for me and I carried through to the pedestrian bridge and on through the log jammer trail or whatever the fuck it is and the pete's and turned around and rode the BDSM trail back. My Lord is the BDSM trail in rough shape. Is it all those beach weirdos?

I took the same route back and it was just as much fun on the return trip. What a ride baby! 


 

Sunday, June 16, 2024

Toe Dabbing in the Fort SK




 A rather poor attempt at ruling the roost today in Fort Saskatchewan as I was off my game and misjudging rooty climbs followed by immediate toe dabs and swearing at myself like a complete maniac would alone in the woods on Fathers Day "you fucking dildo!" I yelled out loud several times today mad at my shitty riding. 

It was still great. That Fort Saskatchewan trail system just out of Turner park is pretty great boys and girls. How many rides have happened on Lonebiker on this same stretch of trail? And I was riding it regularly prior to being some douche with a bike blog.

It is worth the drive as its easy yet its hard and keeps you on your toes. It has always been the perfect recovery ride destination especially when I was cool and rode in the mountains. 

Anyways, it got better on the return loop for about two kilometres and then I got clumsy. 

That trail 'Train in Vain' has really grown on me and it matured quite nicely. I do remember not being too fond of it at first and most likely complained about it on this here douchy blog. The ride was fine despite the clumsiness. I very high number of Dads out with their kids were out which was quite cool. 

Happy Pops day kids. 

Saturday, June 15, 2024

Back Through Cambodia




Hello Cambodia, it's been a while. Finally a mountain bike ride on the beloved Moots where I parked at Goldstick Park disheartened from the puddles in the lot thinking I had brought the wrong bike yet again. 

I rode sad and forlorn down the multi use and decided to see how bad the trails were after another night of storms rolled through. To my joyful smile they were not that bad and Immediately I knew I was going to Cambodia. One of my favourite trails in Edmonton and after today I would say it is easily still in top five for Edmonton trails. 

I stayed away for a while as Imperial Oil were flexing their opulent oil slicked dicks and not letting people through and I don't know or care about their full story. I obeyed and stayed away but have not heard much lately so I decided to roll through . 

Judging by the people on the trail it was fine to be riding and the area is still as amaze as it was the time riding in the 90's. I rode through reminiscing of previous rides through the area and took the low route out and climbed up into the Science park area and took the outer loop singletrack that loops back beside Highway 16 and runs along the bottom of the ski hill. Hold on. I'll get a trail name.

Discuss American politics while you wait..

Holy fuck! Don't do that!

Course-8. Thats the name of the trail. I'd assume it is an acronym for something that I already know about or don't.  It is in the biathlon territory so I assume something to do with that? I climbed out and was tempted by the fun downhills in IOL territory.. The mud looked bad so I stayed away and took the high side out of Cambodia. 

It was short cause of my poor timing but a lot more intense than those gravel bike rides I've been enjoying too much. Had some amaze experiences throughout the singletrack which turned that previous frown upside down.

Yikes... what did I just type. 



Thursday, June 13, 2024

Orange Day




A Fort Edmonton start and way too tired but I sucked it up and climbed out via the Whitemud Traverse and took roads and bike lanes to Whyte Ave on yet another gravel bike ride. The climb out was rough so I decided to just stay up top and ride around town. 

After Whyte I crossed the almighty High Level and was soon in a sea of orange as the Oiler jerseys were out everywhere. I think they are still playing as I type this and I have no idea what is happening so I'll just presume they are up 83-0 or something like that.

The fans got annoying and the headphones went in and I limped back super hungry and lethargic. Thank the good lord there were no climbs on the return. 

potty break

ye old barn 


 

Wednesday, June 12, 2024

This is Getting Repetitive


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Welp, after fixing the glaring grammatical error on yesterday's post it is time to write another Cameron Heights start post work bike ride featuring the gravel bike. 

This is a classic June weather type month with lots of rain showers and storms after the occasional hot day followed by a day or two of rain. Today was cold gusty and rainy.

It was a roundabout via the Edmonton golf and country club ride, only I did it in reverse and rode into Terwillegar and crossed at Fort Edmonton and rode up that awful hill up into Oliskew and admired the insane houses in the area. It was a perpetual headwind just like Saturday but thankfully no rain. 

There was nobody out riding or running and the few others all ironically on gravel bikes and we all had an instant connection to that and the fact we were out when the masses took shelter. It wasn't even that shitty out. 

In the end the ride was not too shabby. Come on dry trails… pray to the bike gods. 


 

Tuesday, June 11, 2024

Happy Wet Tuesday Eve

These guys are quite unreal.

The Moots had another disappointing day as it was packed and ready for a post work ride in the woods and it looked like hellfire and brimstone showing up with storms approaching. At least thats what the fm radio dj's were saying all day. 

Dark clouds approached and it rained and thundered but thats about it. Not sure if anyone got nailed harder than us. The retreat from riding sadly made sense so I spent the night switching for the gravel but heard it might be quite miserable so we will see. 

Goodnight kids. 

Saturday, June 8, 2024

Headwinds Galore









 *not much of a write up warning

Maybe I'll start posting that warning on these short write ups. A decent mile ride. Old school Mill Creek to Rundle/ Beverly via the river valley where I climbed out and found the LRT track trail and eventually found my way back via the mean city streets. 

It was a non stop wind affair with cold temps and periodic rain. 

Basking in That Terwillegar Glow

A rather amazing after work ride on the wonderful Moots which carried its weight through the singletrack. I have started gaining power after...