Tradition dictated we head to one of our favourite corners of our backyard to celebrate Canada Day. It's tough to find a better spot to celebrate our awesome country than the aptly named Paradise Creek in the South Chilcotin Mountains. Canada Day fell on a Tuesday this year so the week-end would kick start the official festivities. *Blog post on Norco Bicycles news here*
After a fine drive over the Hurley and a night in our humble Canadian cabin we set off for the trailhead.
We were treated to an amazing Canadian wilderness zoo experience the moment we left the truck. 5 minutes into the ride we spotted a beautiful and fairly large Bobcat travelling our route and got to within 20 ft of it as it checked us out face to face. 10 minutes later we saw a massive male Black Bear followed by another Bobcat 5 minutes after that. A good start to the day!
First creek = dry feet.
Second creek = wet feet.
After an hour or so we reached the single-track which was recently cleared by some unsung heros. Winter was fairly kind to the forest and we only removed 5 large trees or so. A minor amount of work and the least mountain bikers can do as prominent users of the area.
Even though Canada was celebrating it's 147th birthday it appeared others have been living in the area for longer.
Such a scenic piece of single-track....
And after 10 hours we weaved our way through the grasslands and the final single-track to the truck.
A good day out for some fine Norco Canadian steeds....
We spent the next day sampling some of the juicier trails above Tyaughton Lake. Indeed another week-end in Paradise!
On Canada Day proper we headed home to Squamish and sampled the loam that is just above our house on Howe Sound. Juneau decided to join us for a 5 hour epic. The day's temp reached 30deg and the only place she found shade was in the old FSR road culverts.
Mmmm.... Canadian loam!
Spectacular views of Howe Sound!
After an amazing few days we capped it off with a swim and some relaxing in a local lake. Happy Canada Day!