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Old 05-15-2013, 10:53 AM   #3346
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I rode over in 2010 on a long weekend and there were all kinds of rental cars, minivans, etc. driving on the road. I wonder how many were blindly led there by their GPS? Making the road a bit rougher is probably not a bad thing.

BC seems to mark roads as closed but leave them actually open for a few years.



This road (from Top of the World Park to Premier Lake) was marked as closed but was passable - there was a beaver dam that had flooded the road. I went up it anyway and ran into a warden who was not too impressed to find me on the road. She said that they have to document that a road is unused for a period of time before it can be closed but off-road clubs keep using them, which prevents closure. I told her that she could document that I was using the road if she wanted to

This was the berm that they put up to keep people out:



I went from there to Grey Creek:

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Old 05-17-2013, 09:13 AM   #3347
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Layin' down tracks

I added a thread in the Canada section of "Layin' Down Tracks" with a bunch of Calgary and area gpx. tracks, in case the Dual-Sport-Maps site shuts down. They should offer some nice dual sport rides for people either new to the area, or new to the dual sport game.
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Old 05-17-2013, 05:45 PM   #3348
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Rode out and back on the Powderface today. The road is in really good condition for anyone thinking about it for the weekend. As long as the rain holds off and it doesn't get too muddy.
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Old 05-17-2013, 07:58 PM   #3349
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Did a 4 hr ride at McLean Creek yesterday afternoon - conditions were excellent up on the west ridge (Swany's). Minimal mud and no snow... good riding to be had there now.
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Old 05-18-2013, 05:41 PM   #3350
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On Every Parade a little Rain must fall

Great start to the day even if my favorite Green-Lane was a bit too soggy. I managed to find a few roads that I either had not yet run, or had been some time since the last crossing. One was only doable because the gate was wide open and blocking whatever the sign on the fence said. I did come across a few cattle gates and closed them behind me as one should. I had a close encounter with a skunk and a irritable hawk, the skunk would have got me if I had not been cooking on the throttle as I passed him/ her. The hawk nearly left scratches in my helmet. I intended to run most of the new track that I created a couple of days ago, but the weather turned cold, wet and windy somewhere southeast of Claresholm, so I turned around and booked it north. It poured on me near the west-most-end of Riley road, almost to Nanton, then it started to clear and warm up. All in all a nice day, and sometimes clouds make for better pictures.

















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Old 05-20-2013, 07:28 PM   #3351
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Green Lanes closing all over

A couple of years ago there was a great green lane south of 242 ave. south of the Red Deer Lake Processing place. It was a lot of fun, but people (and I use the term loosely) were using it to party, leaving broken glass, make-shift fire pits, and other garbage along the lane. I once saw a old dryer and other household garbage dumped not far up the lane, disgusting! Well the land owners, rightly so, were pissed off at these slobs, and put up fences with locked gates. Thanks to the AssHoles, the responsible riders who just like a little exploring (leaving nothing but tracks) can't ride these anymore.

If I ever see someone dumping garbage or having a drinking party on a country lane, I'll take your plate and your picture and give it to the cops. Not that anyone on this site will be on the receiving end, but I hope you will do the same and get those kind of scum what they deserve. Unless you like seeing these.





Ok, I'll get off my soap box now.

Other than that irritation it was a good day's riding.

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Old 05-20-2013, 08:04 PM   #3352
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A question for those in the know.
My chain has required adjustment after each of the last few rides. Time for a new one? F800GS with 19000km.
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:28 PM   #3353
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Thumbs down Lane closure

That sucks I always enjoyed that little trail especially the last little gully at the end on the south it will be missed
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:49 PM   #3354
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A question for those in the know.
My chain has required adjustment after each of the last few rides. Time for a new one? F800GS with 19000km.
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It sounds like it, when they start doing that. I get more mileage than that, but I buy the highest tensile strenght X-ring chains that fit.
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:52 PM   #3355
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Thanks Lycan.
Internet or is there a good place in town?
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Old 05-20-2013, 08:52 PM   #3356
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A question for those in the know.
My chain has required adjustment after each of the last few rides. Time for a new one? F800GS with 19000km.
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Yup, once you have to adjust after each ride or even during rides its time for a new one. I've tried all the major brands of o ring and x ring and they all seem to last me about 20000kms.
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Old 05-20-2013, 10:08 PM   #3357
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Lycan, just wanted to say thanks for the gps tracks you posted. It's great to have some ideas as I am new to the dual sport bike though I have spent a fair bit of time at Waiparous and Maclean in the past with my 300EXC. I rode your Calgary to 532 - The Hump loop today and enjoyed it a lot. I don't have a proper gps unit yet but found a decent app for the iphone that can import gps tracks and it worked pretty well. Now to see if I can embed a couple pictures.




I shrunk these as I'm not too sure on convention?

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Old 05-21-2013, 06:36 AM   #3358
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Lycan, just wanted to say thanks for the gps tracks you posted. It's great to have some ideas as I am new to the dual sport bike though I have spent a fair bit of time at Waiparous and Maclean in the past with my 300EXC. I rode your Calgary to 532 - The Hump loop today and enjoyed it a lot. I don't have a proper gps unit yet but found a decent app for the iphone that can import gps tracks and it worked pretty well. Now to see if I can embed a couple pictures.
Glad that the tracks are being used. Great choice of bike for a dual-sport! The"hump" looks a lot drier than the last time I was up there.

I am a relentless explorer, and it is getting to a point that west of Calgary there are few roads that I have not yet been across. Yesterday I was "green lane-ing" but kept running into dead ends, or swamps. I found one really challenging one, that I will have to revisit when it is drier, and I have friends along. I will post some more tracks soon.

By the way the picture size is just fine.
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Old 05-21-2013, 08:28 AM   #3359
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Sweet spot off Hw 520 in the forest reserve. This is all open riding. Talked to some campers and they report great riding off Trout Creek Road. It's far from Calgary but worth a trip back for sure.

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Sweet spot off Hw 520 in the forest reserve. This is all open riding. Talked to some campers and they report great riding off Trout Creek Road. It's far from Calgary but worth a trip back for sure.
I was up on Trout Creek road a couple of weekends ago and it was muddy and snow covered at the higher elevations. the road eventually loops south back to 520 but is a clay base about 7 kms in, so not a good idea when it is still really wet. I'll be back up in there in a week or two to check it out. The trail past the big muddy field looked interesting and there were a few trails branching off that google satellite view showed, that looked like fun.



This was taken up on Trout Creek Road before I hit the Mud, Snow and the ruts and Clay.
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