This was a momentous and highly-celebrated bike ride for me. After five months of dormancy(recovering from shoulder-replacement surgery), it was wonderful to be riding my bike on Goat Creek again.
The trail is in great shape for biking with only one mud puddle to splash through. There were about 10 places with standing water but were easily skirted except for the aforementioned one which is at 7.3K(just a bit past the Goat Creek bridge).
Goat Creek and Spray River West trails are relatively smooth and easy with the occasional rocky section. I took it pretty easy, not wanting to jolt my shoulder unnecessarily. The fast downhills on the first 7K of Goat Creek were where I had to be deliberate and go a little slower to avoid getting jostled too much.
I always enjoy the spectacular scenery on this ride and today was magnificent with the bright sun and beautiful blue sky. Everything looks the same except for the signage at the Banff boundary. There are new trail markers for the High Rockies trail which starts at the Banff boundary, 900 metres from the Goat Creek trailhead.
As for skiing news, it’s great to see all the bridge work being completed on the West Bragg Creek ski trails. In my previous post I talked about the new bridge over the Sundog ice flow. I’ll have some more updates in the coming days.
It’s hard to believe, but Frozen Thunder at the Canmore Nordic Centre will open in six weeks!