We’ve been waiting almost three months for a replacement part for our Cybex Arc Trainer (first it was back-ordered, now it’s stuck at Canadian customs). Most of the year, Mr. GeoK works-out almost every day and this cross-training cardio equipment is central to his exercise program. It’s not such a big deal over the summer when we’re out mountain biking, hiking and walking in the Canadian Rockies just about every day. But now that school’s back in session and we’re tied to a more regimented schedule, he’s missing his work-outs. So on Tuesday, with the weather forecast looking fine, we hopped on our bikes out to calm his craving for exercise!
In the past, we’ve limited our use of on-street bike lanes. K is still young enough that there’s considerable room for him to improve his situational awareness when riding on the streets. But since he was in school, the rest of us decided to ride from home (in Signal Hill) to North Glenmore Park, where we accessed Calgary’s River Pathway system to ride south to Fish Creek Provincial Park.
We pedaled just over 40 km by the time we returned home. Most of the trail is relatively flat, so our total elevation gain was just over 300 meters (most of that is due to the hills down into and up out of the Weaselhead and the hill going into / coming back out of Fish Creek Provincial Park).
There was one group of preschoolers down in the Weaselhead, but other than that it was quiet:
South of Glenmore Reservoir, we did a little geocaching, ending the day with 7 finds and 2 DNFs. Unexpectedly, the seven finds included a couple of containers where the cache owner went above-and-beyond the usual, plain vanilla urban hide, including this one:
The mosquitoes weren’t too bad, swarming at only a couple of the caches. The only small hiccup was the need to stop to pump more air into Mrs. GeoKs’ rear tire a couple of times…
We spotted a hawk hunting over Tsuu T’ina lands, several squirrels in Fish Creek Park, a city worker re-painting the lane lines on the pathway as it ran beside the Woodbine subdivision and lots of people enjoying the sunshine. As we rode back through the Weaselhead on our way home, we spotted a couple of Waterworks personnel wading in the Elbow to collect water samples for testing…
When asked, they said they collect water samples from this location on a regular basis. And they agreed the water level is much higher than usual at this time of year.
All-in-all it was a good day to be out for some exercise, to find a few geocaches and to enjoy the sunshine. And the really good news – no sore muscles today!