A Canada Day Tradition of Adventure by Bike

2014-07-11 08:00:03

Article by Norco Bicycles staff rider Pat Mulrooney


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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.


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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!
Paradise and Castle Pass South Chilcotin ride June 28,29 2014 -3The first creek of the day left our feet dry and warm.
Paradise and Castle Pass South Chilcotin ride June 28,29 2014 -4The second creek, not so much.
After an hour or so we reached the single-track which was recently cleared by some unsung heroesParadise and Castle Pass South Chilcotin ride June 28,29 2014 -5 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.
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A Canadian highway does not discriminate.
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It does not get any better than this. We are in a Canadian paradise!
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Even though Canada was celebrating it's 147th birthday it appeared others have been living in the area for longer.  Fossils speckle the area and go back millions of years.
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And after 10 hours we weaved our way down from the hills and through the grasslands to the final single-track of our Canada Day weekend ride.
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A good day out for some fine Norco Canadian steeds. Where did you celebrate your national holiday this year?