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Caroline Ride and Camping Weekend
August 11, 2017 @ 08:00 - August 13, 2017 @ 17:00
Back again for 2017, the ever popular Caroline Camping and Riding weekend. The 2015 Caroline Ride was cancelled due to torrential rains on the Saturday and generally poor weather. The 2016 Caroline Ride was phenomenal. Here’s hoping 2017 is also incredible!
Caroline is a small town about 250 km Southwest of Edmonton in the western foothills, besides cowboys, it is famous for being the birthplace of Kurt Browning. It has nice, fairly quiet roads with good rolling hills. The plan is to stay at the Caroline Municipal Campground which is just east of town on August 11 and 12; ride the 12 and 13. The campground has showers, electrical hookups and lots of green space. I will be taking my trailer which will serve as a base of operations. People would show up Friday evening and we would ride Saturday and Sunday starting at about 9:00 am. Below are the two planned rides:
Caroline – Rocky – Everdell Distance: 88 km 306 m of elevation gain. This route goes north out of Caroline, over to Rocky Mountain House, past Everdell and then to Clearwater Trading – where there is awesome Ice Cream and a great porch to eat it from – and then back to Caroline. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21875759
Caroline to Sundre and back – Distance: 78.32 km, 408 m of climbing. This is a great ride. We head south out of Caroline to TWP rd 344 turn left, then to RR53 and south to Sundre, there are 3 good hill climbs and then we end up at the Subway restaurant in Sundre (1.4 km east from the intersection where Hwy 22 turns east). After a break we will head back to Caroline on Hwys 27 and 22 and a couple more hills. People will need to carry enough water and food to travel 40 km. https://ridewithgps.com/routes/21875466 If the second day’s ride seems a little long, there are a number of alternatives.
After the ride on Saturday we can lie around and relax, play some soccer and have a BBQ later in the afternoon. I will bring some firewood for a campfire (please feel free to bring some as well). People would need to bring camping gear and food along with their cycling equipment. Generally speaking people bring enough to eat and then a little to share for Friday’s and Saturday’s pot luck. I would need to know your camping needs (trailer, tent, length of trailer and preference for 15 or 30a hookup). The campground is $20 per night for tents and $35 for trailers.
I am sure we can arrange some carpooling for the trip if needed. It would be possible that one could drive out for the day, it is about 2.5 – 3 hours and that could be accommodated; it would feel like a very long day. There are also some motels in the Caroline area if camping is not appealing. The cost would be transportation out and back, camping at Caroline, food and snacks.
Caroline also has some great fly fishing. There is a good chance that I might go fishing for a couple of hours early Saturday and Sunday morning or Saturday evening and would be happy to take anyone along that fly fishes and has chest waders.
I would like to hear from people who are interested as soon as they can. Let me know about your camping needs, if you are able to carpool or need a lift out there. I haven’t worked out a min or maximum number of people, I think about 30 people made it out in 2016 – there is lots of space. Please contact me at timdosko(at)gmail.com
Here are the google directions to Caroline from Ellerslie road and QE2: https://www.google.ca/maps/dir/Caroline,+Alberta/AB-2,+Queen+Elizabeth+II+Highway+%26+Calgary+Trail+SW,+Edmonton,+ABfirstname.lastname@example.org,-115.3332433,8z/am=t/data=!3m1!4b1!4m13!4m12!1m5!1m1!1s0x53742a780682218f:0x26bc3699e20de053!2m2!1d-114.7404417!2d52.0939324!1m5!1m1!1s0x53a01e8554f5a49d:0xdb7c4e4e93436e42!2m2!1d-113.493943!2d53.4282925?hl=en