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Day 4: A day with no driving.


In Calgary. Waiting for my Honey to arrive at the Airport. Went for a ride on my bicycle. No training wheels this time.

Rode up the Calgary Winter Olympic site. It’s a hill that has about 5 switchback rises on it. I chose to bring my camera in a backpack. Bad idea. Heavy! Slow! Pain!

The ride is locally known as: ‘The Cochrane Loop’. It goes to Cochrane. Cyclists are notoriously simple people with names.

Cochrane is noted for being the gateway town to Banff. It’s pretty, nestled in the foothills with the mountains so close but really still 75km away.

It also has a hill. 3km and 6%. Numbers really don’t mean much. Read: long and hard. Add 30ºC temps and 3hrs of headwind and rollers to get there and the legs were not happy. Strava (cycling app) tells me I’m the 510th fastest cyclist up that hill. Kinda puts things into perspective don’t it?

So much fun riding back down into Calgary. Cruised at 50km/h. Nice. 100km, 4hrs. I think I’ll go for a nap.

Calgary is totally Stampede crazy right now. Maybe visit it on Sunday. I want hat, boots and belt so bad.

Hope everyone is having a safe and fun Summer. Don’t work too hard. (Ha, ha, ha!)

Vacation really starts tomorrow when Val and Cooper (the pooch that won the prestigious Elmvale Dog Obedience Training Certificate of Excellence this past week) arrive at the Calgary airport.

Travelling alone is not the way to travel. Not when you can travel with your best bud.

Cheers,

Morphet

Nestled in this valley is Cochrane, Alberta. Kinda pretty. Can't wait to get up close and personal with those big lumps of rock in the background.

Nestled in this valley is Cochrane, Alberta. Kinda pretty. Can’t wait to get up close and personal with those big lumps of rock in the background.

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