Tour de Pierre, or VB's summer vacation

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  1. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    For years I've tried to ride every day of the Tour de France. When I retired I kind of made a game of it. One year I decided to ride the stage winner's time every day. That was a lot of work. So was riding half the stage distance every day.

    This year I needed to travel during the Tour so I decided to ride a different place every stage. Here is a bit of the photo journal.

    Westward Ho.
    Stage 1: Willow Lake, Illinois
    Being Canadian, I thought it was funny to see Canadian Geese be the only things out and about.
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    Stage 2: Fargo
    There might be a lot of sunrises, since I road my bike early before driving to the next location.
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    Stage 3: Billings, Montana
    Weather forecast was for big rain, but it didn't look terrible starting out
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    I headed to the bluffs
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    But turning back west to the hotel...
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    I spun my legs as fast as I could and got back to the hotel just as the sky fell.

    Stage 4: Lethbridge Alberta
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  2. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Zombie Eight, DFZ

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    What? You were out here and didn’t come for tacos?
     
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  3. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    A couple days in the foothills, where my daughter lives.

    Stage 5: Bow River Trail Calgary, Alberta
    This is part of a trail that is eventually supposed to cross the country
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    Great river scenes. I wished I had my rodeo kayak with me.
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  4. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    We shot through kind of late. We thought of you and waved on the way by.
     
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  5. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    I had the same thought! At least a swirly drink!
     
  6. bodia

    bodia Authorities said.....best leave it.....unsolved

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    Looks like a great trip. Certainly was a very entertaining Tour this year.
     
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  7. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    Server errors might make this more fragmented than intended. Sorry.

    Stage 6:
    east of Canmore Alberta
    My daughter wanted to ride from Calgary to Canmore. I felt that might be too far for me on a traditional bike (I mostly ride recumbents), so I drove supplies and my older daughter to Canmore and rode back to meet her.
    On the way east, I met the Sheep family.
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    I stopped at what I expected to be the highest point between my daughters home and Canmore for a snack.
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    Then we met and found the Sheep family again.
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  8. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    Stage 7
    Legacy Trail, Banff
    I love sunrise in general, but have always been fascinated by mountain sunrises. In particular, watching the sun rise down the east face of the mountain.
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    Looking for the pass through
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    Stage 8
    Canmore gravel
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  9. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    Stage 9
    north Calgary
    A bunch of people were flying out, so I lapped the airport to say goodbye
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    Stage 10
    Helena, Montana
    We weren't supposed to be here, but the hotel I had booked at Radium Hot Springs had decided we weren't worthy and cancelled our 3 day reservation. I found accommodations for one night and were on the road again.
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    Stage 11
    Casper, Wyoming
    I happened to get out at exactly the right moment
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  10. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    Stage 12
    Colorado Springs lower level
    I had come here to test a bunch of recumbents. This one was the fastest.
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    Stage 13
    Garden of the Gods
    Here my mission was to stay around 2000m and see how the air was.
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    The moon was the best guide to get back to the hotel. Some of the roads turned enough to be disorienting
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  11. toothace

    toothace Zombie Thirteen, DFZ

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    Great pics!!! Safe riding!
     
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  12. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    Stage 14
    Aurora, Ontario
    We were back home, so I finished with a variety of rides in the area. This one south from my back yard.
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    The headwaters of the river at the end of my yard
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  13. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    Stage 15
    north from home to the lake
    This is mostly on country road. I took these photos from the trike, so you can sort of get an idea how low it is to the ground. Its an older version of the black one I road on Stage 12.
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    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    Stage 16
    south shore of Lake Simcoe
    Mrs came along for this. The white bike is hers. The green one is my 35 year old mountain bike.
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    Stage 17
    Holland Landing
    This is the river I showed headwaters for a bit earlier, but 30km downstream
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    Stage 18
    Orillia, Ontario
    Mrs came again to ride the west shore of Lake Simcoe
    I wore red
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  15. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Zombie Eight, DFZ

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    Such a healthy vacation!
     
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    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    Stage 19
    Caledon, Ontario
    This rail trail is a part of the Trans Canada Trail being developed. Over 3000km from the bit I rode in Calgary
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  17. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    Stage 20
    King City
    West of my home on the Oak Ridges Moraine
    View west from the top
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    View east back to my house, which is over the next ridge you might see in the photo
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    Stage 21
    Today I went east along the moraine, wearing yellow of course
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  18. veinbuster

    veinbuster Zombie Three, DFZ

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    You can only imagine what we ate.
     
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  19. sergiodeblanc

    sergiodeblanc Zombie Eight, DFZ

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    I saw some of it on Instagram, but at least you worked some of it off... even if it was just paying off the interest.
     
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  20. mark cassidy

    mark cassidy New Member

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    Well done!! Being from Alberta I am very familiar with the shots of God's True Country! :):)
     
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