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Poor Kayaking but …   1 comment

Here it is November 22nd and I managed to sneak in another ride. Although we had a bit of snow one night this week it had mostly disappeared by this weekend. This Sunday afternoon the sun was out, the temperature around 4C and the paths were dry and clean. No problem for cycling through the river valley but with the North Saskatchewan River clogging up with ice, it would have been a poor day for kayaking (not that I do – not that I wouldn’t like to – but not at this time of year in any case! I digress.)

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The Icy North Saskatchewan River in central Edmonton

The only problem with riding at this time of year is that by mid-afternoon when it is warmest, the sun is already on its way down in the southwest sky making it difficult to see.

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3:15 pm in Edmonton’s Rundle Park

There were not a lot of cyclists out on this November afternoon, but I did see a few.

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Dawson Park

While the paths were for the most part very dry and clean one does need to keep there eyes open  for the occasional ice patch.

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Icy spot in Dawson Park

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Contrasting the icy river with the nice clean bike path.

I post these images mainly for the benefit of anyone who is not familiar with Edmonton and thinking that surely no one could be cycling that far north in November. Sure this is turning out to be an exceptional month but it shows that cycling is possible and the river valley beautiful enough to make the effort worthwhile.

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Me – to prove I really was out there on Nov 22nd 2015.

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It Doesn’t Seem Right   8 comments

It doesn’t seem right; it is certainly unexpected – to be having such a good time on the bike in November (in Edmonton). Nonetheless, I was out on my mountain bike again today (2011 November 10) and came home – much later and happier than I expected.

I started out from central Edmonton around 2 in the afternoon, heading along the south side of the river trails (dirt ones as much as I could).

Downtown Edmonton (with the James MacDonald Bridge)

From high on the riverbank, there was a great view of the ice on the North Saskatchewan River

Ice on the North Saskatchewan River

From southwest of Queen Elizabeth Park, a great view of the reflection of the old Rossdale Power Plant building in the river:

Old Rossdale Power Plant Building

I headed under the Walterdale bridge then along a winding little single track  to the High Level Bridge. That was a fun little trail of a type (narrow, hilly and amongst the trees) that I don’t often ride.

Single Track River Valley Trail

I passed under the mighty  High Level Bridge:

The High Level amd Menzies LRT bridges

and then along through the wooded trails west of Kinsmen Park, up and down a hill and then along the riverside trail to Emily Murphy Park. There were  a few places along the trail where water running off  the riverbank has already frozen. This one did not freeze on the path but a couple of other places, the trail was covered in ice for a 5 meter stretch.

Frozen "Waterfall"

From Emily Murphy I continued on along the flat, wide trail  north of the Mayfair golf club to Hawrelak Park. There was a bit of rain coming down as I rode this stretch but I was glad it wasn’t snow – not that it was cold enough on this unseasonably warm afternoon

At the south end of  the park:

Trail Though the Trees

As I stopped to take that last photo I was approached by a photographer from the Edmonton Sun newspaper who had apparently captured me riding a nd wanting to get my name. He was also interested in my little rearview mirror and took photos of that too. I may end up being in the paper.

From Hawrelak Park I continued along the dirt trail on the east side of the river all of the way up to Keillor Road. The trail has a few good hills.

Downhill Trail

and a lot of gently rolling paths

Undulating Trail

This trail may be my favorite in the city. It winds through lovely stands of evergreens and birch – looked great and smelled wonderful

Pond on the Riverbank

I stopped frequently to take photos and even parked the bike a few times  for that purpose.

Bike in the Woods

I retraced my path on the way home but saw some different things – like the ice starting to form on the lake in Hawrelak Park

Lake at Hawrelak Park

Trail north of Hawrelak

Along the trail. I stopped to take the photo above but then was entertained for a few minutes by little chickadees flitting about me and landing on the branches just beyond my reach.

Chickadee

As I had been moving so slow, it was getting late (approaching 4 pm) and at this time of year dusk was not far off so I was trying to make up time which meant crusiing along the flat wide trails.

Fast Tracks

Back on the trail between Emily Murphy and Kinsmen.I again encountered the ice across the path and had to sloe down – in fact for one of the patches I chose to just walk across the ice.

Ice on the Path

In the end I had rode 23K and felt absolutely great – far exceeding my expectations for a ride in November,