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Old 05-02-2011, 09:06 PM   #1846
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4 of Us!

Were out yesterday and up 532 all the way to 940 south. The gate opened Apr 30th on 940 but not sure which gate as we turned back after getting to 940. It looked clear south with 3 foot snow banks on either side. Did a bunch of gravel roads and all dry as a popcorn fart. Nice to cut loose again.
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Old 05-14-2011, 08:23 AM   #1847
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Howdy folks, anyone up for looping around Powderface today?(sat. May 14)

Probably head out 11 ish.

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Old 05-15-2011, 09:37 AM   #1848
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Hey All,
A friend and I just got back in from a HW 40 to Water Valley road loop out of NW Calgary. The roads were in pretty good condition. The forrestry trunk road didn't have the deep gravel that always seems to be there. Water Valley was graded recently so there were baby heads everywhere but were easily avoided. We saw -1C in Waiparous and the temps got up to 7C by the time we got back home (9:30ish). Horses and deer everywhere and the wind...OMG the wind was crazy.....
Nice ride.


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Old 05-16-2011, 08:03 AM   #1849
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Well, we got out for the Powderface trip - Calgary, Bragg, Powderface, Hwy 40, Smith-Dorian, Canmore then slabbed it back on the #1.

What a GREAT, if somewhat chilly at times, ride. Saturday would have been warmer but, any ride without rain is a good ride

I'd call the conditions early season excellent.
All the gates are open and the vast majority of the gravel is dry. There are a few spots where you need to be careful where the water's created a rut but nothing terribly exciting.

No deep gravel however, in some places it looks like it's been recently graded.

Oh yeah, if you need tire air, the Fast Gas just East of the big stations by the Highway (Esso/Petro) has FREE AIR... yeah we're cheap
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Old 05-16-2011, 01:00 PM   #1850
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Sounds like I better get the bike battery back in and try to get out! Thanks for the inspiration via the reports guys!
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Old 05-16-2011, 01:55 PM   #1851
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Sounds like I better get the bike battery back in and try to get out! Thanks for the inspiration via the reports guys!
Here is a bit more inspiration. Near the "Hump" on 532 on Saturday. Bone dry gravel all the way from 22, and south on the trunk road. Bloody windy though.



Another on the Oldman River road about 1/2 hour west on it.


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Old 05-16-2011, 06:45 PM   #1852
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Signs of spring

From that first pic it looks like a few fires burning down that way and the Oldman has a bit of color to it!
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Old 05-17-2011, 09:27 AM   #1853
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From that first pic it looks like a few fires burning down that way and the Oldman has a bit of color to it!
There was a prescribed burn being done, by the Alberta foresrty people. I thought they were nuts considering how windy it was that day / weekend.

There was lots of color in the Oldman river, especially at the gap.


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Old 05-21-2011, 02:25 PM   #1854
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I was out today through Highway 66, Maclean Creek through to Millarville. Good conditions out there. No mud (unless you go looking for it), gravel was packed. Didn't see a lot of people out there. Lots of police keeping an eye on things.

Went up the Gorge Creek Trail until it started to rain. Not sure if the Gorge Creek Trail is open all the way around back to Bluerock. Anyone done it yet? I'd heard it might be closed in spots.
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Old 05-26-2011, 12:44 PM   #1855
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Probably heading out to do a tour around Wiaprous this weekend. If anybody is interested lemme know.

I will be riding my XRR, my buddy who has a Christini KTM might be coming, and whoever else wants to.

Probably do the Transalta road to the river bottom, check out the sights and sounds down there, then back to the 40, up to Hunter Valley, check out my camping spot off Hunter Valley Road, then who knows? Maybe do Margaret's Lake down Wiaprous Valley.

I think anybody who's reasonable confident on a 650 would have no issues. Bigger bikes will only have issues if we do Margaret's lake, and that's mostly from water holes and width clearance between trees. Otherwise the roads should be mostly mud free. Easy ride.
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Old 05-26-2011, 01:17 PM   #1856
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Mud Free!

There will be mud everywhere!
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Old 05-26-2011, 02:32 PM   #1857
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There will be mud everywhere!

Trust me, I hate mud. I know which trails and roads will be mud free.

There are trails you can ride right after a downpour and they'll only be wet. It only takes a certain soil type that are in select areas of Mclean and Wiaprous, although these trail areas are now closed in Wiaprous.

The roads in Wiaprous are well drained and consist of a sandy or rocky type base that may have a layer of moisture, but are definitely not muddy.

Shiny GS's and ADV's with empty paniers don't bother coming
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Old 05-26-2011, 09:49 PM   #1858
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Shiny GS's and ADV's with empty paniers don't bother coming
Paging Alan and the "Swamp Donkey"... sounds like a dare to me :)
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Old 05-26-2011, 10:25 PM   #1859
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Paging Alan and the "Swamp Donkey"... sounds like a dare to me :)
Poke, poke.

I assume you have a shiny GS/ADV?

Don't forget the paniers.

Lets ride!

BTW, I believe you met my buddy Cory on a ride you did in Crowsnest last year with the 640ADV. Your avatar clued me into your ADS club name. Cory's too good for us now and leaves his bike in California.
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Old 05-27-2011, 05:32 AM   #1860
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Rode!

Wiaprous and McLean Creek when you were in diapers and for 30 years after that. There will be mud!
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