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Over The River And Through The Woods

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Biking In Jasper National Park

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We arrived to Jasper National Park on Wednesday.

According to #ParksCanada, Jasper is home to arguably the best trail network in the world, consisting of kilometers and kilometers of well-connected and maintained trails.

That is a very bold claim – one I intend to validate thoroughly over the coming days.

 

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

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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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Kananaskis Fire Lookout

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The uphill was long and steep.

The views at the top were amazing.

The downhill was fast.

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Whitefish Bike Retreat

 

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It was love at first site.  I was smitten for the Whitefish Bike Retreat – they had me at Cold Beer.

Never-mind the fantastic network of local biking trails surrounding the venue, there is onsite communal lodging and RV/tent camping available, enabling quick and easy access to flow trails, pump tracks, and skills courses.  

What’s not to love about this place?

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Maybe my visit – a Tuesday afternoon – was not an accurate representation of the place?  I highly doubt that.  The overall vibe is very laidback which suited me just fine.

Oh, I almost forgot – the variety of cold beer available (bottles and cans) is quite stellar.  

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