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Fernie, BC

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Somehow, two months have passed since we crossed into Canada.

Now, on the tail-end of our visit to this foreign land, we’re at a provincial campground in Fernie, BC.

Technically, Fernie was our initial stop in Canada, but we arrived late in the day and were anxious to push forward, so we only stayed one night.

A few days into our current stay, I’m totally smitten for Canada’s 692nd largest city (population 5,249).

Situated in a glacial valley, this townsite is fully encircled by the Rocky Mountains in all directions and plays host to the Elk River and its three lazy tributaries. Collectively, Mother Nature has done magic in melding the mountains with the rivers.

Small as it is, this place has a great vibe and is dominated by actual residents – not tourist (like me). It feels real. It has a outdoor soul. I love it here.

And, the biking is sic. Trails are numerous and riders roam everywhere. Whether you ride a $10k dream bike or a $10 dollar Schwinn two decades past its prime, you’ll easily roll around town with others – everyone leaving the car at home.

Sunday morning we cross back into the US. But not before I squeeze in a few more hours of riding.

A return visit cannot come soon enough.

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!