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So this past Monday, I had to join some of my dealer mates and Reps and a contingent of training and marketing specialists for a comparrison and ride session in the foothills of the Alberta Rockies near Nordegg Ab. So I figured as I had to travel some 600 klicks (400miles) to get there, might as well take the Wing. Weather has ben fab and HOT for the last couple weeks and the forecast was good so. Monday into the office at 7:00 am...kinda chilly (+4c/40f) but mostly sunny (em, once the sun came up anyway) so after clearing my desk of I went fully geared and bags trunk stowed with ATV gear and suitable change of clothes. Mostly sunny, warm (15c/60f) and promising a great ride. Southwest of Edmonton I noticed the cloud formations changing and the wind took a southeasterly origin signalling a possible change into one of our famous "upslope" weather patterns. By the time I stopped for a chance to photograph the hulking eastern slopes the temp had dropped to 10c/50f and was decidedly chilly. By the time I reached the Nordegg Lodge I was well chilled and ready for a hot meal. A brief visit with my Honda Canada mates along with a couple 'livations' and a warm bed called rather loudly.
Tuesday morning brought cool temps (again 4*c) but breezy and low cloud. We did our classrom thing and then suited up for the excursion up the mouintain trails into the high country for hopefully some breathtaking views of the hidden valleys and mountains as well as testing and comparing the various competetive ATV's (and maybe a bit of tom foolery in the process. From our 4000' base elevation we climbed to nearly 7000' in what rapidly became known in the aviation world as IMC (instrument meteorolgical conditions). less than 100' forward visibility and negotiating a rock strewn mountain truck trail carved out of the hillside gives you a bit of the willies!. You'll see from the pics that the view wasn't exactly as hoped for but hey, it is what it is at the time. So we all made it backdown safe and sound and after finding some good ole Western Canadian muskegg to get several riders stuck in, we returned to base and (some of us, y/t included) prepared to depart for home while others remained for more social activities and the next day's session.
Home being a solid 6 hours or 7 (pending weather and traffic) I donned ever piece of insulated garb I had and headed out at 5:30 pm, hoping to wind the throttle as much as possible in the remaining 3 or so hours of daylight..ambient temp 9*c/47*f. 3 hours later found me under clear skies on Hwy 16 west of Edmonton in gathering gloom and rapidly falling temps. I turned onto #2 North at full dark and the Wing was registering 4*c and the wind still pressing from the S/E and cold. I rolled through town at 10:45 pm and right at the freezing mark. I had my "deer lights" on as much as possible as the forest rats are begining their fall antics already, but fortunately saw very few at all. About four miles from home the temp registered -2c/29*f and the garage was playing 'haven from the cold' in my mind. Herself had a sheet waiting for me to go cover up the cucumbers in the garden, her messafge being she covered the tomatoes so I could do the cukes, "it's freezing out there and you're already cold so":confused:
 

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Adventures are always fun, & wives are always helpful.:rolleyes:

Glad you had fun.

Oh yes, Pictures??????????????
 

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The rockies in the background and approaching dusk. Was actually hoping to see a Grizzly or a few Elk, but no such luck. That's what I mean by poor vis..would have been soooo pretty if clear. Baldy Lookout is a 'manned' fully operational resident fire watch. Takes a special person to do that job. One of our intrepid guides from Turple Bros Honda in Red Deer Ab. I would have taken a shot or two of the trip up and down, but concentration on the ride and terrain pre-empted any photos.
My apollogies for the sizing, I bloopered something in the save process off my i-phone...forgot the Nikon at home (duh)
 

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"Oh yes, Pictures??????????????"
Jebuz Bill, patience already:D
 

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Sorry Red Baron.:eek:
 

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despite the cold temps sound like you had a good time. i'll get a better look at the pic's when i get home, can't enlarge them much on the work 'puter
 

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I can see the pictures. I used my magnifying glasses and nuzzled my nose to the puter screen. They look clear as a Norther night.
 

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Can't believe it's that cold up there already. Is that the norm for this time of year?
 

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While it certainly isn't "normal" we can see frost any month of the year. Normal (enviro Canada records) averages for now are about 15* (60f) daytime and 4* (40f) lows. Last fall was gorgeous, mid teens almost all thru October (I posted pics of 1 ride I did in early Oct). Hoping for that again, but...? Too cold to ride the RC to work that's for sure, so a couple days on a w/e or two and that's about it for that bike. Had the seat and hgrip heaters on #4 last night, was shaking like Chopin's pooch passing a razor blade when I got in the house.
Really it was too bad about the cloud and fog on the mountain. We used to hike back there (younger then) and it is visually stunning and very little visible encroachment from industry or even recreation (sigh)
 

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For an outdoorsman you certainly live in the right place. You would be like fish out of water in the big city... Glad you had a good and safe time. Those heated grips and seat are sure a welcome addition in that type of weather.
 

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It sounds like you had fun on your adventure.

We have the clouds and the turn around in weather here too.

We had a three week run of the weather being in the mid 80's every day, sunny and no wind. I thought I was in heaven.
 

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Now if my mate that lives north of the boarder can say it's cold when it's 4c and he has heated hands and heated butt. Then it is alright for this Aussie to yell from the top of the hills how cold it is all winter. There I was holding back because it get colder up there. The gloves are off. Eric
 

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It's our God given right to complain about weather Eric! I'm still trying to get rid of the kink in between my shoulder blades from the pinch I had going. I did look at the bright side though, at least it wasn't raining.:D
 

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Even though the pics were a bit small, (they never capture the true beauty anyway) all I can say is WOW! very cool. Thanks for sharing and please dont share those Canadian cold fronts with us :D ANYTHING below 50 F SUCKS! :eek:
 

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I'm still trying to get rid of the kink in between my shoulder blades from the pinch I had going.
Don't rule out Cyndi taking a few shots at you while you were sleeping. It might have had nothing to do with the weather.
 

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Summertime almost gone already? Well I'll be!
 
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