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Perfect ride

Have you had one of those workouts or days where you cheeks hurt from smiling and you don’t want it to end? That was our bike ride on Sunday.

The forecast wasn’t great for home or Jasper. I knew I wanted to ride 180km if we stayed in Edmonton or have a fun ride if we went to Jasper. Jasper wins every time.


It was only +2 at the start of our ride. Not very warm for my poor fingers! But the views more than made up for the cold!


After a ride into town and a quick stop at our favourite bakery (Bear’s Paw) for some fuel, we were on our way.


The sun was shining. Wildlife was out in full force. The lakes were a glorious aquamarine colour. And we got to ride on a newly paved road that was closed to vehicles.


It was seriously cyclist heaven! The road was 14km uphill, which was an amazing workout for me.


Kelly would ride ahead a bit and then come back to me. At one point, he said he could see my smile from so far away.

We loved every minute of it.


On the way back down we ran into a bear and cub! They were off to the side and scuttled up a tree; it was one of the coolest things I’ve ever seen. The cub’s face literally looked like a teddy bear!

It was an absolutely incredible day that solidified my love of cycling and made me realize how lucky we are to be healthy enough to enjoy the outdoors that way, together.


And my cheeks most definitely hurt by the end!

Tell me about your most recent memorable workout or day!