Sunday, June 24, 2012

Construction at 600km

Construction at 600km
Hit the 600km mark on Friday. That leaves less than a week to make the 700km mark before we leave for Europe.

The 600km mark overlapped with the 500km mark.  I could have taken another shot of the block house.

- Peace

Wednesday, June 13, 2012

500 km Recap

Block House at 500km
Hit the 500km mark on the way home tonight. While I've been taking a picture every 100km and posting to Flickr I haven't been blogging the 100km marks. So here's the recap:

Hit the 100km mark in Vancouver at the end of April. Shot is of Jericho Beach.
Jericho Beach @ 100 km

Hit the 200km mark in May while riding around the Glenmore Reservoir with the Hills. Me with the Hills at 200 km

Hit the 300km mark on June 2nd while riding Goat Creek. To be honest that shot is from about the 302km mark, I missed taking at shot at exactly 300km. Something about coming down the path at almost 50km/h.
 300km on Goat Creek Trail.

Hit the 400km mark last week while riding between the office in the NE and downtown office.
400 KM on the bike path

So that brings me to hitting the 500km mark tonight. 500km puts me at 20% of my 2012 Goal of 2500km. Hoping to hit the 700km mark before we head to Europe for most of July. Will be lucky to hit the 800km mark by the end of July. So that leaves 1700km for Aug - Dec or 340 km a month. More than doable, but I'll have to do better than I've done at the start of this year, and after three weeks off I'll be almost starting from scratch. Oh well what's the point of goal if it doesn't challenge?

- Peace

Tuesday, June 12, 2012

Goat Creek was Amazing

16 Riders
Rode Goat Creek trail on June 2nd.  Been doing that since at least 2005 but a few things made this year standout.

Had 16 riders, so one of the largest groups ever.

Had our youngest riders, two 10 year olds and 8 year old made the entire 45 km ride.  Previous record was Amy when she was 14.

Paul lost a steel water bottle.  It bounced out of his panier while coming down the first part of the trail.  He mentioned it to riders going up Goat Creek and asked if they found it if they would put it with his van at the trail head.  It was on the windshield when we go there.  Thank you fellow riders.

We dodged the rain.  Weather forecast for the day wan't good.  There was some heavy mist when we started out, but it never got beyond a light rain.  It cleared up after the first 9km.  We saw some very scary dark clouds while in Banff, but we just got the edge of it and the clouds headed back where we had come from.  The path back to Canmore had some puddles but we had sun and a tail wind most of the way back.  We normally have good weather, but this year's close call was very dramatic.

Really enjoyed the Iron Goat afterwards.  Our first time there.  We had a private room for our group and the hockey fans got to watch the game.  The duck wings were fantastic, as were the ribs.  I'd avoid the fries (regular or yam)  not that they were bad, but they didn't compare well with the rest of the excellent food.  Our friends who need a gluten free menu were very impressed with the variety of choices the Iron Goat had for them.

I'm continuing to add pictures to my Goat Creek June 2012 set on flickr.

- Peace