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Alpine Lunch

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Sometimes a twenty-five minute lunch view is well worth the technical, three hour walk to the top.

Glacier National Park Canada continues to deliver.

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Brunch

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The Monday morning alarm is not so bad when an alpine brunch is the day’s objective.

Feeling Guilty

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As much as I enjoyed yesterday’s downhill park ride, I can’t shake the sense that I cheated.  

Let’s be honest – while loads of fun – the ride consisted of a relaxing, scenic gondola ride to the top, followed by a downhill.  And repeat.

No painful uphill.  No slow grind, cursing all the way to the top.  

So today I had to make things right.  I rode uphill.  A lot of of uphill.

Up the road out out of town, before jumping into a mix of exposed forest roads and single-track.

The trees finally offered shade relief, but the barrage of never-ending technical switchbacks nearly had me waiving the white flag in surrender.

It sucked beautifully.

And the descent was all the better knowing I earned it one pedal stroke at a time.

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Kicking Horse Bike Park

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My first time downhill riding  today was a blast.

Kudos to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort bike park for its great course offerings.

Who knew riding a ski resort was so much fun!

 

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My first time downhill riding  today was a blast.

Kudos to Kicking Horse Mountain Resort bike park for its great course offerings.

Who knew riding a ski resort was so much fun!

 

Banff Gondola

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Ninety minutes and 2,292 feet later, we saved ourselves (CAD) $58 each by walking to the top. 

The walk down was much easier.

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Campsite Laundry

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Most of my full-timing RV pals proudly eschew full hook-up camp sites (water, electric, & sewer) during their travels.  Kelly and I are no different.

These types of campground sites cost the most and are very often the least desirable in terms of space.  Because we have ample solar and battery capacity and have become quite adept in conserving water, we tend to avoid them.  But not always.

Every few months we find ourselves briefly with full hook-ups for one reason or another.

Most of my full-timing RV pals – those who are honest that is – will sheepishly admit that full hook-ups can be a nice treat, affording otherwise non-had luxuries such as a long(er) shower.  Kelly and I are no different.

Also, full hook-ups present an easy opportunity to complete free campsite laundry using a $5 Home Depot bucket and $3 toilet plunger agitator.

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Banff

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The town of Banff is a juxtaposition I cannot capture easily.

It is typical of *destination* resort towns – small, absolutely packed with tourists, cars, & tour buses.

There no shortage of kitschy commercial offerings of all types.

Really, it is pretty much a shitshow.

However, with only the slightest effort – and the willingness to take any one of multiple uphill trails – it’s easy to get lost for hours and effectively escape the nonsense.

Having been here a few days, I am nicely settling into a cadence of morning hikes with Kelly followed by an afternoon spin on the bike while she does yoga.

We’ll make it work here.

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