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Old 06-07-2013, 03:40 PM   #3226
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FTR South

Spent a few hours wandering back roads south of the city before heading south on the FTR to Hwy 532 and then back into the city on a combination of paved and gravel. Just beat the rain as I arrived back in the city. The weekend warriors were just beginning to arrive in the area with their trucks, trailers, quads and bikes. Looks like it will be a busy weekend in Livingstone, Cataract, etc.

A few photos from the day.

Somewhere south of Turner Valley



Ditto



FTR



Cataract Creek



Top of the Pass on 532



Looking east on 532 from above the pass



Looking down on the pass



Looking up at Plateau Mountain on the way down from the pass on 532



Hope to get back out tomorrow, weather permitting. Cheers, David
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Old 06-07-2013, 04:52 PM   #3227
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Pretty sure you can, I've gone the other way on it coming off Hwy 68 and onto that road.
You've almost drawn the route! If you PM Lycan1 he can probably send you the track from a ride several of us did last weekend.

As you head south of Cochrane on 22 turn west immediately after the bridge. That'll take you on a meandering route south until you basically parallel Hwy 1 ( a km or so north of Hwy 1). You eventually have the choice of getting on Hwy 1 or going under it at Hwy 68.

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Old 06-07-2013, 08:02 PM   #3228
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Must have missed you. We were at the staging area at 5:30. Most definitely not DS friendly ride. SOOO glad I wasn't on my XRR.
We ended up on Horizon and Grizzly last night: WR450, KDX and a DRZ. We bumped into a few guys along Grizzly - here's a couple of them... was this you?
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Old 06-07-2013, 09:45 PM   #3229
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Nope...

We were on two white KTM's. As bad as that sounds...

We did pass a group on the SW trails by the well head. We were stuck in some flow so there was no stopping!
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Old 06-07-2013, 10:11 PM   #3230
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I will be there too on a YZ250F.
I will try my best for 1 but might be 15 minutes late if you don't mind waiting. If not I will try to find you and catch up.

Cheers
Thanks so much for leading us on some great trails today Reagan. That was the best ride I've had in Wiaporius.

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Old 06-07-2013, 10:15 PM   #3231
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Spent a few hours wandering back roads south of the city before heading south on the FTR to Hwy 532 and then back into the city on a combination of paved and gravel. Just beat the rain as I arrived back in the city. The weekend warriors were just beginning to arrive in the area with their trucks, trailers, quads and bikes. Looks like it will be a busy weekend in Livingstone, Cataract, etc.

A few photos from the day.

Hope to get back out tomorrow, weather permitting. Cheers, David
Was that you on Deerfoot Thursday afternoon? I passed you on my 990 just north of memorial I think.

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Old 06-08-2013, 12:05 AM   #3232
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Wes

Yes, that was me. I saw the grey 990 go by me as I was working my way over to exit west onto Memorial. Looked like a Pelican type top case and a Camelbak type backpack from the glimpse I got before you streaked off. David
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Old 06-10-2013, 07:42 PM   #3233
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A Day of Wandering

A friend was leaving this morning for Vancouver on his 125 cc scooter so I thought I should tag along for part of his first day, sort of as moral support. I am not sure riding a 125 cc scooter from Calgary to Vancouver would be my idea of an adventure, but he was determined, so I followed along behind as he putted down Hwy 22 and turned west on Hwy 3. I stayed with him to Coleman where we stopped for gas and a bite of lunch. He then carried on west to his first overnight stop at Cranbrook while I headed off north on Allison Road to try to find my way across to the Forestry Trunk Road north of Crowsnest Mountain and the Seven Sisters. I had looked at Google Maps and even mapped a route in Garmin Base Camp to help my navigation, but to no avail. All I managed to do was stay on the main road until it dead ended about 20 kms north of hwy 3 at a bridge closure. Wherever the turn that my GPS was trying to get me to take didn't seem to exist, so I gave up and returned to Coleman where I headed north on the Forestry Trunk Road and back to Calgary.

I will have to do some more research into the route from Allison Road to the Forestry Trunk Road and try it again later in the summer. If anyone has done the ride and can provide advice that would be great.

In any case, it was a great day for a ride and I saw some new country, which is always a bonus. Here are a few photos from the day.

The Scooter and its pilot



Crowsnest Mountain



The Seven Sisters



The Dead End



The reason why



Random Mountains



More Random Mountains



North end of the Forestry Trunk Road



In the Foothills



Cheers, David
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Old 06-10-2013, 08:15 PM   #3234
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5 of us!

Heading out to Eureka tomorrow morning for some different day rides and loops. Great riding and not far. We try to incorporate as much dirt road as possible there and on the way down. Anyone done Dutch Creek this year yet?
3 more joining us on Friday. Should be a hoot! You gotta like retirement!
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Old 06-10-2013, 09:21 PM   #3235
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We'll likely be in the vicinity of Dutch Creek and Crowsnest this weekend. They'll be 5-6 of us doing trails and dirt roads. I've done it all before but going to explore snowline and take some newer dual sport riders out. Should be fun.

Everything from 350's to 650's. I'm on the biggest, the smallest being a KTM 350, couple 450's, a berg 570, and KTM 690
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Old 06-11-2013, 06:48 AM   #3236
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One of those roads was to be decomissioned. Not sure which one is was but the bridge was requiring repair and because of the cost they were removing it. Not sure if the road was goign to be decomissioned or just the bridge removed.

That might be the road. I don't know road names. I just ride.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:30 AM   #3237
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If it is at the south end it is considered Allison Creek road. Generally when they "decommission" a road, it just means removing bridges or culverts, which looks like what is starting. It's not like they send in the bombers, removing the bridges will keep most traffic off that loop.

It's not unusual to see a road completely torn up so motorized access is extremely difficult, much like what loggers do when decomissioning logging roads. It actually does look like it's been bombed.

Not sure their plans for the road. I don't ride the roads much in this area so I haven't followed up on recent developments. Much more fun to take the trails over the mountains and bypass these roads, sadly, the snow sometimes stops that.
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Old 06-11-2013, 10:53 AM   #3238
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Allison Creek Road - Bridge Out

So here (Pin B) is where the bridge is out on the Allison Creek road which Garmin Base Camp and Google maps both say connects to the FTR just south of Dutch Creek.



You have already seen two of the photos of the dirt barriers that were put up to discourage traffic. Here is a third, looking back south.



I considered trying to go around the dirt barriers and cross the bridge, but decided that it was too risky since I was on my own on a large dual sport bike. With a few guys and/or smaller bikes you could probably get through. The bridge looked to have shifted on the road bed, likely from heavy truck traffic when the road was soggy. If what others have suggested is true, then this bridge may well be removed rather than repaired. Too bad, as otherwise the road was in pretty good shape, although it was dry yesterday which made a big difference.

Have fun, be safe and let us know how your riding in the area works out.

Cheers, David
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Old 06-11-2013, 07:19 PM   #3239
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I've got my Husky TE510 as dual sport ready as a 510 can be. I haven't even started the thing yet this year. Anyone going out for a south bound small bike friendly day trip anytime soon? Be gentle, I'm a rookie to this stuff but not to dirt bikes.
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Old 06-12-2013, 06:56 PM   #3240
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Tires are getting expensive!

I ordered a new set of D606s and tubes from GW Cycle World last weekend. The prices have gone up substantially from last year, especially tubes ($57.99 each for ultra heavy duty). Total price with all taxes and levies was $421.

I don't mind paying a bit of premium to support my local dealer but, sheesh, it would have been $60-80 lower cost to order from the Internet!

I'm not slamming GW Cycle but there is a limit. Tires for next year may be from the Internet, or maybe I'll price them on the Internet and ask the local dealer to either match prices or at least meet part way.

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