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    A Fine Fall Run to Waterton

    It's been a dreary and cold September, but the weather suddenly improved, and I was happy to get the opportunity to take Dave Anderson's HP2 Enduro out for a couple of days and enjoy the fall colours. For those of you who haven't heard of him, the talented Dave owns Anderwerks BMW, our local independent service centre. He has had the HP2 for about a year, and has spent many hours farkling and modifying it (I will post a list of mods later).

    After bringing the bike home, it didn't take long to get it packed and ready to go:





    I headed south on Highway 2, imagining myself to be Steve Farson, riding into the Colorado foothills. At the Fort Macleod junction, I jinked west a few hundred metres, and then turned south onto the Blue Trail (highways 810/800). This is LDS country:



    My plan had been to overnight in Glacier Park, but the bike was starting to wear me out, so I decided to stay in Waterton, and make the run up Going to the Sun Highway in the morning. Dave had installed an unbaffled Remus Power Cone can, making the bike extremely loud, and the vibration from the un counter-balanced engine was running up through the Ohlin forks into the handlebars, and numbing out my hands. This is a very focused machine, which is how he likes them.

    In Waterton, I gassed up at the famous Pat's Waterton Service, and then checked in at the Bayshore Inn:

    http://www.bayshoreinn.com/

    The staff were super friendly and helpful, and I had an enjoyable dinner and drinks in the lounge, talking bikes and politics with Ken, from Essex Montana, who had been touring on a Valkyrie.

    I got up fairly early, and I knew it was going to be a bloody cold ride, so I added some ski wear into my layers. I took these shots of Waterton Lake, next to the Inn:





    And yes, that is the Prince of Wales Hotel, an interesting place to stay.

    I pushed the bike onto the street, so as not to wake up everyone in the Inn, and it started up just fine, despite the cold.

    On the way out of Town, I stopped to take this photo (I was lucky, I almost drove by it):



    Then I headed up Chief Mountain Highway, to the border. As I climbed, it got colder and colder, and, while my body was warm, my hands were starting to numb out. I made it to the crossing, but the gates were closed!

    There was a service truck on site, and the driver told me that the crossing had closed for the season the day before. Then a Border Services officer came out, a real friendly guy, (ex RCMP), and we had an interesting discussion about various political subjects.

    So now I was faced with backtracking to Cardston and crossing at Carway, which meant an extra 180 km, so I decided to drop the Pass ride and head up the Cowboy Trail (22). Backtracking down the Chief, I stopped at this lookout, which faces Sofa Mountain, and Vimy Peak:





    Vimy Ridge is the site of the WW I battle in France which, some say, defined Canada's nationhood.

    To be continued...
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    Great ride report!

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    Fine Fall run, part 2

    From the Chief Highway, I made my way north to the Cowboy Trail (Alberta #22). Just south of the junction with 520, there is a pullout with good views. Porcupine Hills on the left, and the famous Whaleback Ridge on the right:



    Looking north:



    A few kilometres up the road is Chain Lakes Reservoir:





    From Chain Lakes I rode north to Black Diamond, then east, and back to Calgary, where proud papa was waiting:



    This bike is a blast to ride; very powerful, but nimble, with an excellent ride. The seat is long and comfortable, and the handlebar/seat/pegs geometry was perfect for me. Its list of features is lengthy, and I'll post them when I get them from Dave.
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    Wow -

    What scenery! I have to ride for days to reach such sights!

    Thanks for the great pictures!!!

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    Nice job Rinty... too bad about the border crossing - it seems like there is only a two month window to make that ride each year.
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    ...two month window to make that ride...
    Yes, a couple of weeks in June, and 4 weeks in September, depending on conditions. I was annoyed at myself for not knowing the Chief Mountain closing times, but I rarely cross there; usually use Carway / Port of Piegan.

    Thanks for the comps everybody.
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    Quote Originally Posted by rinty View Post


    This bike is a blast to ride; very powerful, but nimble, with an excellent ride. The seat is long and comfortable, and the handlebar/seat/pegs geometry was perfect for me. Its list of features is lengthy, and I'll post them when I get them from Dave.
    i met Dave while riding through Hells Canyon on the way to Redmond in 2001. Great guy, and man, does he ever turn out a nice bike.

    he was riding this back then... and won the bike judging contest, iirc.



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    I've ridden to B.C. three times in five years and Waterton is awesome. Low key ,very little tourist activity and the bears are awesome to view in their natural habitat. Each and every year I debate this ride , 2011 is already booked elsewhere but 2012 could find me back in this Gem. Nice photo's!
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    Rin... Beautiful images of a beautiful place. Waterton is on my list and it was nice to get such a fine preview.

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    Quote Originally Posted by sfarson View Post
    Rin... Waterton is on my list and it was nice to get such a fine preview.
    Keep it on the list for sure !
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    Thanks to you Rinty, I stayed there in July of 07. You're so lucky to ride that area in late fall with that clear weather on an awesome H2. Thanks for sharing.
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    Quote Originally Posted by sfarson View Post
    Rin... Beautiful images of a beautiful place. Waterton is on my list and it was nice to get such a fine preview.
    Deffinitley keep it high on your list. Everyone always comes to Alberta to see Banff, but Waterton is much nicer. Far less commercialism and crowds with all the beauty plus some.
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    Thanks again for the comps, guys; coming from you, it's high praise indeed.

    Great guy...Vision
    And a fine rider, too. We're lucky to have him in our area.

    Thanks to you, Rinty...RTRandy
    Randy, it was fun suggesting your route plan.

    ...a beautiful place...sfarson
    And there's more: just a few kilometres from the Townsite is the trailhead to one of the most spectacular hikes you'll ever do, the Carthew-Alderson:



    There is a shuttle service to the trailhead from the Tamarack mall. It's a one way hike from Cameron Lake, back to the Townsite.
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