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Saturday's Ride (july 5, 2008)

Old 07-06-08, 08:09 PM
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Saturday's Ride (july 5, 2008)

I set off from home just before 6 am, and got to the start area on the Bow Valley Parkway, just west of Banff, uneventfully at about 9:05 ... driving. Yes, I will drive fairly lengthy distances if it means I get to ride in the mountains.

There was one other cyclist from the club there when I arrived, but more came soon after. I got Machak all set up, introduced myself to several people ... then we had the pre-ride meeting, and we set off at approx. 9:40.

We all rode at our own pace ... some a bit faster, some a bit slower ... but regrouped at Castle Junction and at Lake Louise. Interesting concept this regrouping business! I like it. I rode with various people throughout the day, and solo sometimes. I also liked that ... it meant we weren't glued to each other hips, but that there were other riders around so I didn't feel all alone out there. I rode about middle of the pack which was a nice change for me, and the ride organizers rode sweep ... a feature I really like about cycletour clubs!!

In addition to our group (there were about 16 or 17 of us), the Bow Valley Parkway was FULL of cyclists. You couldn't go a kilometer without encountering at least one more cyclist not associated with our group! So I really didn't feel all alone out there!!

In fact, at one point I was riding solo and stopped to take some photos. An couple on Bike Friday's stopped too, and offered to take my picture. They did, and then I took a picture of them with their camera. They were so cute. They were both dressed in black and white, with black and white bags on the black and white bikes.

At Lake Louise we stopped at the bakery ... a very popular place among cyclists and other tourists. Was it ever crowded!! But they processed everyone quite quickly.

It was cool and mainly cloudy, with a headwind on the way out (it wasn't too bad), and a tailwind on the way back (it was much stronger ... the wind picked up throughout the day). Right toward the end of the ride, the sun came out and it heated up a bit. But there were a few points where we had a few sprinkles of rain.

And the ride was a hilly, 90 km ride. Not bad.

After the ride, I changed and packed up to head into Banff. Just as I was driving down the Bow Valley Parkway toward Banff, I saw that they had a section of the road all blocked off with orange cones etc., and there were people with vests carefully directing traffic past a certain section. In that section was a large mother bear and two cubs!! I didn't take a photo because traffic was rather congested, and the "flag people" wanted people to move along, but slowly.

I had been thinking of going to Johnson's Canyon to hike, but it is so incredibly crowded now. When I was a kid, we had it to ourselves ... it was wonderful ... but not anymore. So I went to Banff (also very crowded) and made my way to the Bow Falls. The Bow River and Falls were full to overflowing!! I haven't seen them so full (of water, not people) in a long time. The falls were sending off spray a long ways away. I walked all around the area and took photos.

And finally I headed home ... although I would have loved to spend a lot more time in the mountains. However, the weather gave me something special on the way home ... a really cool supercell!! I stopped to take photos of that too.

And that was my day.

And here are my photos: https://www.flickr.com/photos/1430288...7606010786530/
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^^Sounds fun, nice pics! I have to try cycling somewhere that isn't a foul-smelling concrete-strewn hellhole one of these days.

I did my usual Mt. Katsuragi/Nara loop. I was hoping to do 100 km but could only manage 76... strong winds, and I felt hungry and dehydrated for most of the ride. Almost crashed because of a (probably stray) dog sitting in the middle of the road on the nasty, twisty part of the descent. Set a new personal top speed record (76.6 km/h) on the safer part .
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^^Sounds fun, nice pics! I have to try cycling somewhere that isn't a foul-smelling concrete-strewn hellhole one of these days.

I did my usual Mt. Katsuragi/Nara loop. I was hoping to do 100 km but could only manage 76... strong winds, and I felt hungry and dehydrated for most of the ride. Almost crashed because of a (probably stray) dog sitting in the middle of the road on the nasty, twisty part of the descent. Set a new personal top speed record (76.6 km/h) on the safer part .
Where in Japan do you live? All the photos I've seen of Japan are of very green hills and gorgeous-looking roads up and down those hills.
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nice photos!

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Yo' Canada...
How I long for the days of being able to ride in Canada.
With family in and around Alberta and Saskatchewan,
I hope that one day my family will be able to move there.
Until then...
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Where in Japan do you live? All the photos I've seen of Japan are of very green hills and gorgeous-looking roads up and down those hills.
Osaka - 2nd or 3rd biggest city in Japan. Known for being ugly and smoggy. When I come back from visiting home (Florida), the air here actually makes me gag when I step out of the airport.


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Out in the sticks it's much nicer, but you have to get pretty far out. It seems like Hokkaido, Nagano, and Kyushu would have lots of nice places to ride. The Osaka "countryside" is densely populated and developed.
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OK, mental note ... don't go to Osaka for cycling. If I were to fly into Japan, how would Toyko be? Pretty smoggy, etc. too?
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Tokyo is the epitome of urban sprawl.
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