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July 4th Ride – Exploring SouthWest Edmonton   Leave a comment

I haven’t been riding as much as I hoped I would in the lead up to the Tour de l’Alberta (July 25th) so I’ve pretty much given up hope of doing the 185K distance.

Today I got out for a good 50K ride even though the weather was not very summer-like. The temperature was around 17C, the sky overcast and a few drops of rain fell. I was on my touring bike and the riding felt pretty good and easy. I headed from central Edmonton on my route south and west to Terwilligar. My usual route is a 40K out and back so today I did a bit of exploring to tack on an additional 10K.

Randy on the bridge at the Anthony Henday

The extra (almost) 10K came from taking the bike path down and across the Anthony Henday Drive bridge.  The paths are new and smooth with some pretty good hills on either side that I will have to keep in mind for future hill training.I did have trouble finding enough distance once the bike path ended so did a loop around a newer subdivision and  went a few hundred meters down an old bike path that was being taken over by thistles before abruptly ending in a concrete barrier

The bad state of the end of the bike path

Around the bridge I stopped a few times to take some photos but the rest of the ride was pretty much non-stop. At one point on the north side near the bridge a deer and fawn crossed my path 50m in front of me. Unfortunately I wasn’t quick enough getting a camera out to get a picture.

It ended up taking me just over two and a half hours to complete the ride and I was pleasantly surprised at how the time flew by. I felt strong during the ride but was noticeably tired after the fact.

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Posted July 4, 2010 by Randy Talbot in Cycle Touring, Cycling

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