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I'm not a roadie, but I play one on TV! My local ride pix...(20 posts)

I'm not a roadie, but I play one on TV! My local ride pix...BowWow
Apr 21, 2003 8:27 PM
So I jumped on the Centurion today and headed out - and back. Three hours and 47 minutes and 91.64 km later (a little slow, but I WAS stopping for photos along the way...) and I was back home dropping ibuprofin with a peanut butter chaser. The wind was very light, from the NE, and I was headed west, hoping that the wind would change direction in time to push me home. Alas, it was not to be. But the headwind going home wasn't enough to really destroy me.

I had eaten a small bowl of oatmeal and a banana for breakfast, and I stuffed another banana into my pack for lunch. I should have made a sandwich or two, 'cause I semi-bonked about 10k from home. Nothing too drastic, but the bonk lead to a pretty bad quad cramp on the last big hill. But I survived the first long ride of the season! Here's the pix:

I live in Cardston, Alberta, just north of Glacier National Park in Montana, three hours by car from Great Falls and two and a half from Kalispell. Calgary is two hours due north. And Waterton is...

The goal for today is just over those hills...

This is a great place to live - wide shoulders, light traffic, no pollution (absolutely zero!), no noxious critters (well, mosquitoes and wasps, but that's about it)...

Bald, open prairie all around. The pond hosts two pair of nesting geese every summer.

The first good panorama heading into the Rockies. The town of Leavitt, 11 km west of Cardston, is nestled in the valley. I live in Cardston, but Leavitt is where my heart is. Our main morning out-and-back training ride turns around just past the curve in the road at the bottom of the valley. Today I'll be stretching it out quite a ways...

That's Chief Mountain in the background. It's in Montana, on the northeastern edge of Glacier National Park. One of my favorite road loops runs near the foot of the mountain. It's an 85 mile grinder with gorgeous scenery and a couple of 70 kph downhills!

I'll be looking for a couple of downhill routes for my MTB on that sandstone ridge later this summer!

Vimy Peak is the white triangular peak with the large dark shadow behind it in the right/center of this shot. We're headed for the gap on the right at the foot of Vimy.

The main climbing route up Chief Mountain leads around the right shoulder of the mountain to a steep shale slope on the south face. It is a full-day round trip hike. We do it every couple of summers.

Yup, we're in cattle country!

The town of Mountain View. Aptly named!

This little side route runs through a newly created subdivision of three acre lots. The Belly River runs through the valley in the midground. Great rainbow trout and cutthroat fishing!

Here's the Belly River crossing. We're quite a ways past Old Chief now, and about 10km from the park...

As I rounded a bend these horses took off running with me. I jammed on the brakes to get a photo, and they stopped. When I took off again they started running with me again! It was SO cool!!!

The Park boundary. We're about 4km from turning around.

Apr 21, 2003 8:33 PM
It sure doesn't look like L.A. It's absolutely beautiful. How many months of the year can you hit the roads on a bike up there?
Yeah, I'm REALLY lucky! We can rideBowWow
Apr 21, 2003 8:37 PM
about 6 months (mid April to mid October) of the year, with the occasional ride during winter chinooks (warm west winds the drop over the mountains and warm things up overnight. I've seen the temp go from -20C to 0C in one hour!)

The rest of the pix...BowWow
Apr 21, 2003 8:34 PM
The trusty steed. I'll post details in another thread...

This is a severely cropped self-portrait. Cropped to hide the abundance of winter "insulation" I have yet to lose...

Thanks for indulging me!


Thank you for sharing, we all face some challenges....Juanmoretime
Apr 22, 2003 1:10 AM
where ever we live, some more than other. I live where it's flat although I love to climb.
I started my love affair with bikes right there ...toomanybikes
Apr 22, 2003 4:42 AM
grew up in Fort MacLeod and did my riding in that same area.

Lived in VAncouver for a number of years, now in the Okanagan VAlley, there's still lots of Mountains and hills.

Those pictures sure bring back memories. I get there about once a year and do some riding. I may have to got to FErnie this weel for work, better belive I'll be taking my bike there.
Where in the Okanagan Valley?SCOOTERINSLC
Apr 22, 2003 5:17 AM
Where in the O.K. Valley do you live? I lived in Summerland for 16 years. Utah is home now. Funny seeing pics of BowWow's post. My X-wifes mother was from Mountain view. She still has an uncle there I think. Nelson is the last name. Cool pics! Peace. Scooter.
South East Kelowna ...toomanybikes
Apr 22, 2003 5:25 AM
.. up at the end of McCullough Road, by Gallagher's CAnyon.

Not much traffic and LOTS of hills for riding. When I want a bit of a change I take my MTB up the forest service road (Myra CAnyon) to the KEttle VAlley Railway.

The riding is great, the scenery is wonderrful. We had bright sun and about 24 degrees yesterday (I'll post some pics).

Better yet, this winter, I rode outdoors right through, 12 solid months of being on the road.
We did the KVR from Christina Lake to Osoyoos last summer - FANTASTIC!!! nmBowWow
Apr 22, 2003 6:11 AM
I enjoyedstinkfoot247
Apr 22, 2003 2:16 AM
Thanks. I'm from Central PA. Appalachain mountains just aint has beautiful. I envy you. I was pondering on your age.
46 and 3/4... And fighting it all the way!BowWow
Apr 22, 2003 6:15 AM
And the more I fight it, the older I look! I saw a group photo the other day and wondered why my dad was in the pic. Then I realized it was ME!!!!! Arrrgghhhhhh!

A Time Trialing dream. nmProboscis
Apr 22, 2003 3:04 AM
My goal this year is to do the Leavitt ride (22.5km round trip)BowWow
Apr 22, 2003 10:07 AM
in under 40 minutes. I cracked the 45 minute mark last summer, and PB'd at 46:52. My first ride this year (three weeks ago) turned 47:45, so I may be able to do it! I've just gotta get faster on the climbs (by losing 20 lbs., among other things!)...

Oops! That sould be PB of 41:52, and 42:45 this year... (nm)BowWow
Apr 22, 2003 11:00 AM
Beautiful!!!rollo tommassi
Apr 22, 2003 5:36 AM
thanks for the eye candy!!
"The pond hosts two pair of nesting geese every summer." ?!?!?!!Kristin
Apr 22, 2003 5:36 AM
THAT is truly funny. In Alberta...CANADA...there are 2 CANADA geese to a pond???? Here is a picture from Jackson Park, near downtown Chicago!!! You guys can come get your geese anytime.
D'oh! Sorry about all that crap! (nm)BowWow
Apr 22, 2003 6:09 AM
Alberta ReunionJon Billheimer
Apr 22, 2003 7:39 AM
Great pics, BowWow!!! The only downside to your neighbourhood is the wind. But by October you must either be as strong as a Sherman tank or completely wasted:)- You do live in God's country though: great cycling in the summer, skiing at Fernie in the winter. I know it's tough, but somebody's gotta do it. From Edmonton, we get up to Jasper and/or down to Lake Louise occasionally. BTW, have you ever done the Jasper to Banff route? That has to be the most drop-dead gorgeous tour in the world, although Waterton has to be a close second. Every summer a group from Edm. Bike and Touring does a week's tour through Waterton. Is there any racing in the Lethbridge area? Or do you have to go up to Calgary for that? Welcome aboard.
Hi, Jon, nice to meet you!BowWow
Apr 22, 2003 10:02 AM
On the REALLY windy days I head east and get my wife to pick me up in Raymond or Stirling! Getting pretty wimpy in my old age!

There is a loosely formed cycling club in Cardston, organized a month ago. We're talking about a group ride from the lakeshore in Waterton (near Cameron Falls) to Wrentham - about 100 miles - on a windy day, and have somebody drive a van out to pick us up.

I worked in Banff for a Japanese tour company for six years, and drove Highway 93 nearly every day each summer. We're also looking at a group trip from Jasper to Black Diamond, going over the three passes in three days. This one is still in the "talking" phase. The Icefields Parkway is perhaps the most stunning drive in the world. Every bend in the road brings a new view that is guaranteed to take your breath away!

When will EB&T be in Waterton this year? Maybe a couple of locals could tag along? The Chief Mountain loop and Logan Pass are great rides - do you/they do them while you're here?

There is a cycling club in Lethbridge that does a group ride every Thursday and races on Saturdays. I haven't been able to hook up with them - my work schedule, etc...


Hi, Jon, nice to meet you!Jon Billheimer
Apr 22, 2003 11:07 AM

e-mail a good friend of mine, Linda. She's an active member of Edmonton Bike and Touring Club and can give you some tour info. Her e-mail is Tell her you hooked up with me on RBR forum. I do know that they do Logan Pass. Also, the Golden Triangle tour leaving from Lake Louise is in about 4 or 5 weeks.

If you're going to be in Edmonton e-mail me at and I'll hook you up with some great "social" rides with Velocity or Edmonton Masters. They're both a great bunch of people to ride with and we always have both Sat. and Sunday rides going. During the week there are also Tu. and Th. night race series. BTW, I did Jasper-Banff in 16 hrs. about four years ago. I know, not a record-shattering Doug Sloan time! But it was kind of an accomplishment for me. Due to really bad eating habits I bonked badly going up the Bow Summit climb and had to sit down for about two hours:)- However, I learned some indelible lessons on that ride!