cairnswm

Joined May 2019Living in: Randburg, South Africa
  • Day41

    Calgary Airport

    July 18 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 19 °C
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  • Day9

    Into the USA

    June 16 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 25 °C

    I crossed the border at Roosville. So into the USA I go.

    Quite amazing how the Canadian side of the border is lots of trees, yet the USA, Montana side of the border is just open grasslands.

  • Day9

    The Wall

    June 16 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    I've heard so much about how tough The Wall is. In the end I was disappointed at how easy it was. On adventure races I've done much, much tougher hike-a-bike sections. The Wall felt only a short distance. That said I did carry some kit up before brining up the bike.

    I stopped to have (cold) coffee at top of The Wall.Read more

  • Day8

    Day 3 comments

    June 15 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 15 °C

    What a frustrating start to the day! This morning I went to bike shop to fix gears. They seemed fine when I left but soon starting playing up again. I rode back to fernie and the bike mechanic redid my complete drive chain. That made an extra about 20km, and a whole lot of climbing for the day for absolutely no reason.

    I seemed super slow today.

    Was going to sleep at butts cabin, but it was very busy so I continued on and found a secluded spot just over the next pass
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  • Day8

    Gear Hub bike shop

    June 15 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 17 °C

    As the bike shop only opened at 8 I took it nice and easy. On the way to the bike shop bought some groceries so I didn't need to waste time afterwards.

    At the bike shop I asked them to look and clean the gears. The bike mechanic did some major cleaning of mud in rear derailleur. I bought a new shirt as the Merino shirt was just to warm.Read more

  • Day7

    Day 2 Comments

    June 14 in Canada ⋅ ☀️ 18 °C

    After crossing the Koko Claims pass I reached some nice open roads along the river. I had Tuna wrap and coffee for lunch. Coming into Fernie I loved the signs saying "Mexico, this way =>".

    Once I reached Fernie I stopped at the Snow Valley Lodging where they offer free meal to riders. Peter from Denmark arrived while I was eating my free soup (He rode in 1 day what took me two days), we shared the hotel room.

    Tomorrow I need to take my bike to the local bike shop to look at my gears as some thick mud has caused problems.
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  • Day7

    Koko Claims

    June 14 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 5 °C

    Koko claims is as difficult as I've heard. I pushed nearly the whole way up. And then pushed the whole way down.

    The pictures look like a river bed but that's the road!

    My original plan was to sleep in the Koko claims hut last night. When I got there I was 4 hours behind schedule, and minus about 4 hours sleep. The Koko Claims hut was built by snowmobile enthusiasts as a place to warm up during their rides.Read more

  • Day6

    Day 1 comments

    June 13 in Canada ⋅ ⛅ 23 °C

    That was possibly the toughest day on a bike I have ever had!

    In the early morning all was fine as I rode along the really nice bike path. But the further I got from Banff the more the path deteriorated. The trail (single track) became very uncomfortable with the heavy bike.

    Once I got to some open road I stayed on it and a km or 2 later had to turn around (thanks to someone pointing out I was on the wrong trail) for other single track. This single track was anything but flat, rolling bumps on the bike were making everything jump as I rode over them.

    Then came some rain just before Boulton creek trading post. The rain made some of the roads very muddy. I twice had to stop to get mud off.

    The last 15km before koko claims turn off I was falling asleep. About 1 km up the road I gave in and camped out.
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