|My NEW bike!|
This story is going to be heavy on photos, light on text - which is good if you don't like reading. Mostly, I just wanted to share some of our highlights from the past month (which has been really quiet on my blog.)
September Long Weekend Biking
September started with a cold rainy weekend and a cancelled trip to Waterton Lakes National Park. We traded our campsite for a warm cozy condo in Radium Hot Springs and decided to go biking in the sunny Columbia Valley instead. And while it wasn't very sunny (and still rainy,) it was at least warmer than Waterton would have been. And we did still manage to spend a lot of time on our bikes.
|Spending the September long weekend on our bikes in the Columbia Valley|
The best thing to come of the September long weekend was that we discovered a new place to go mountain biking in the Columbia Valley. We drove down to Fairmont and checked out the mysterious "Spirit Trail" that we'd heard about during the summer. The verdict: Must spend more time biking here and figuring out the trail system. Good thing I was planning on returning the following weekend!
|Easy riding in Fairmont on the Spirit Trail|
Girls Bike Day in Banff
Quite possibly the best bike ride I had this entire summer was on the Water Tower Trail in Banff with my girlfriends. We were on our way to the Columbia Valley for the weekend (two weekends in a row for me) but decided to go biking in Banff Friday afternoon en route.
|Biking the Water Tower Trail in Banff|
|Relaxing at Johnson Lake after our ride|
Girls Weekend in Invermere
We headed straight from Banff to Invermere to spend the weekend and I took the girls back to the Spirit Trail in Fairmont since I'd been so intrigued by the area the weekend before. It was a lot more fun with the girls (my son really doesn't like riding uphill - of which there was plenty) and I feel like I know the area a little bit more now. I'll have to go back next year again before I can offer up a full trail report. And if somebody finds a map of the trails in the Fairmont area - please let me know!!
|Fun single track on the Spirit Trail in Fairmont|
|Twisty flowy riding in Fairmont|
|Riding the Spirit Trail in the Columbia Valley|
Jasper Bike Weekend
Our weekend to Jasper was a last minute trip that just came together for us towards the beginning of the month and we were thrilled to get to do some biking in this area. The favourite trail hands down was the Pyramid Lake Trail which lost 100+ metres of height gain from the lake back to town. We rode it one way with our son (who thought it was the best trail ever) and almost drove back up for a second ride down. (Yay Grandma who offered us her shuttle services this weekend.)
|Autumn Riding in Jasper on the Pyramid Lake Trail|
I also got out for a 15+ km bike ride with my husband while Grandma stayed back at our cabin with Noah for some late afternoon rest time. And it was glorious!! We looped the whole Jasper townsite area on the easy/intermediate trail system and I got to finally ride the Big Horn Alley Trail I'd wanted to do last year. It was super fun downhill riding on a twisty flowy trail.
|Last photo on my old bike in Jasper (where I bought my new bike)|
Biking around Calgary
We also did a lot of biking around Calgary and the photos below are my favourite ones from our rides.
|Biking around Bowmont Park after school|
|Evening riding on the Paskapoo Slopes|
|Afternoon Biking on Nose Hill|
|First time biking my favourite trail on Nose Hill (thanks for the pick up at the bottom Daddy!)|
I hope you have enjoyed September. I still have one final story to share from our annual fall backpacking trip. Watch for that one!