For several work-related reasons, I started out from Calgary late on July 6, 1993, arriving at the Bankside staging area for the fire road in the afternoon. I loaded up the panniers on my mountain bike, cinched down the load on my rear rack with bungee cords, and puffed up the first long hill in my lowest gear, plunging eventually downhill to the bridge; after crossing the Cascade River, I dawdled N up the rolling contours of the gravel road to its intersection with Stony Creek (13 km) (GR 976/894 on 82 O/5 - Castle Mountain), which is as far as cycling is allowed (the prohibition against mountain bikes proceeding any further is clearly a sop to the outfitters - who claim that bikes scare their horses - since the road all the way to Flints Park is virtually made for cycling).
I should mention that after passing the summit lake prior to the bridge, it started to rain, a condition that, in addition to making the riding cold and unpleasant, also meant that I had to stop several times to clean the mud from my cog set and derailleur; however, this problem was no where near as ugly as I have encountered on other wet trails.... To see the full trip report you must login as a paid member. Use the Login Page. (message p3)
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