We once pet-sat for a dog named Hector in Alberta, Canada. Hector was a brilliant dog to look after for three weeks, and Alberta was a personal highlight of the last leg of our US road trip in 2018. It wasn’t just the dog, or the landscapes, pristine waters, rocky outcrops, beautiful mountains, or myriad wildlife, it was also because Hector’s home turned out to be a stone’s throw from where the best BMX movie of all time was set and filmed: RAD Trailer for RAD (1986) (sound might be very quiet, FYI) What an incredible coincidence!
Continuing the backlog of photos from the US road trip. If you haven’t seen previous instalments, the best place to view is probably on Flickr, the second best would be to go through this blog in reverse chronological order. Enjoy!
Tomorrow morning, our last in Victoria, BC, I’m gonna pretend I have a road bike and try ride some decent kms along the Galloping Goose trail. Today I spent the morning in Hartland Mountain Bike Park north of Victoria, and let me tell y’all, the British Columbians trail rating system if different from everywhere else I’ve ridden. When you’ve been tackling intermediate and *some* diamond trails successfully around the States, it DOES NOT mean you can successfully ride BC intermediate trails.
This is the best cider money can buy. Each of the three ciders @bc_fruit_company makes is incredible. This is how they make cider: they take apples, squeeze the juice, and stick it in a vat for two months. Then they can it and sell it; no preservatives, nothing else added. It’s just fermented apple juice. It’s subtle and delicious.
Amazing view from a quick ride in Banff Quick few kms this morning before heading out of Banff National PArk on an 9hr drive to Kelowna, BC. 🚙🕘🕙🕚🕛🕐🕑🕒🕓🕔. Sometimes I really miss my road bike 😩. Fun fact: on our drive we passed a burning semi-trailer full of meat. Wound the windows up just in case it didn’t smell like delicious BBQ… 😬
Celebrating #canada150 with Canada-flavoured M&Ms at our camping site in #banffnationalpark. Pulled in this arvo after a long drive from Waterton, set up the tent in 10 mins, then hit one of the many #mtb trails surrounding Banff before dinner 🚴 🚴 ♀️💨! Turns out the Canadians love their mountain biking and have legitimately pro, well maintained trails a stone’s throw from our camp site. Today’s ride was a 12km (metric system!!!) twisty, rooty singletrack with some nice berms, a bunch of climbs and descents, and awesome views of the bow river valley.
Harvest Coffee House. Google Maps I haven’t eaten apple chips in literally decades! These are homemade (I think) and gently dusted with Christmas spices 😋. Served as a side to my BLT bagel at a legit little brekkie place in Pincher Creek, #canadaeh (brekkie was great BTW. Coffee was good too 👌).