Decided to head off to breakfast in Nisku this morning with some of the other members of the Black Gold Beemers Motorcycle club. Haven't been to a breakfast in a couple weeks, and I do have a new bike to show off, so........
Started the ride at about 0745 and headed north on Hwy20 to Bentley, then headed East to #2. Took that for the short stint until I could get on to 2A for the scenic run up through Ponoka, Wetaskiwin (where I filled the tank up) and Leduc before shunting back onto #2 for the 5km to Nisku.
After breakfast I headed into Edmonton to visit my daughter for a bit, then puttered away to Hawrelak park to sit in the sun and peruse my map.
where to go?
As the sky was looking a little 'ominous' to the West and South, I put my raingear on and headed off west to Stony Plain, then turned south onto 779 to 627. Followed that for a bit until I got to the 770, then headed south again past the Genesee Power Plant. Turned East on 39 to Warburg, then back onto 770 down to the 616 where I headed east again till I got to the 771 on theWest side of Pigeon Lake. Nice scenery around there. Lots of development too.
followed the 771 south to the 611 junction, where I briefly contemplated continuing south on the gravel road portion of the 771. Headed west to Hoadley instead, where my plan was to have a cup of coffee and a bathroom break.
Nothing in Hoadley though, not even gas. Decided to head south to Blufton for coffee instead, but there wasn't anything there either so I continued on to Rimbey. While there, a guy came up to check out the bike as he and a friend of his had been looking at getting one. We chatted for awhile while I drank my coffee, and he suggested a different road south towards Sylvan from what I had been planning, so I thought 'why not'.
Headed off in the direction that he gave me, but instead of zigging to follow the paved road, I zagged instead to follow a gravel road that ran south. went through a stop sign a little ways up the road as it looked like the road continued on south past a couple of farmyards.
At least not as a well kept gravel road. It instead turned into a hard packed 4x4 trail that continued on through the trees.
So I kept going. 2nd gear, standing on the pegs, through the ruts and a couple of small mud puddles for a bit, then I came up over one small incline and around a bend to be confronted with two huge mud puddles/pits covering the whole track. hmmm. do I really want to go this way?
Discretion being the better part of valor, I decided to pass on continuing down that path and intead muscled the bike around and headed back the way I had come, but at a slightly quicker pace - I knew what was coming up after all.
I will go back to that track later in the summer though, when it's had a chance to dry up some. I need to find out where it goes.
As I left, I realized 'damn. I have my camera in my pocket. I should have taken a pick of the mudhole from over the handlebars. next time'
I quickly got back onto Hwy 20 and cruised home, where I filled the tank up - 16L and ~348km from my last fill.
I did wind up with one pic from the ride, when I stopped under a bridge just north of the Genesee Plant.