There are 4 pillars that Eaglerider Motorcycle Rentals is committed to: Authentic, Reassuring, Social, Liberating. I mention this because from day 1 they have stood true to their word. Yes, they’re providing me an opportunity to share motorcycle touring opportunities with you, but the business acumen of both Marion & Bill (Owners of the Calgary Location) is to be admired. Talk with them on the phone, or better yet, visit them in-person & you’ll see what I mean.
My next ride is to Cochrane, Alberta via Bearspaw Road & Big Hill Springs Road:
West on Beddington Trail
North on Shaganappi Trail...till t-crossing
Left on Hwy 144 – which turns into Burma Road
North on Bearspaw Road...till t-crossing
Left on Hwy 567
Watch for the signs for Big Hill Springs Provincial Park (Head South)
...on the return,
Continue West on Hwy 567 ‘till the Gas Station (IE HWY 22)
South (left) into Cochrane
*** BELOW IS A LINK TO VIDEO OF THIS TRIP ***
My ride, this time ‘round, is the 2018 Harley Davidson Road King...this is one sexy bike! The powerful horsepower of the Milwaukee V-8 engine, the cast-iron wheels & the curves of this machine are an eye-catcher. In case you need, Eaglerider will suit you up with jacket, helmet, gloves, etc.
I picked this route for the ease of traffic & the stunning Western landscape. Within 15 minutes you’ll escape the city & be engulfed by acreages & ranches on either side of you.
Once you arrive at the Big Hill Springs Provincial Park, the path’s are moments away for wildlife viewing, hiking, and geocaching. Take an hour out of your ride to explore the sites, maybe even pack a snack: picnic tables & benches are available along the walk. The hike is moderate but the sites (IE Waterfall & Massive Boulders) are worth the look-see.
Approaching Cochrane from the North you’ll notice a couple of drastic speed changes, from 100 to 80 to 60...watch for that. As you enter Cochrane take a glance to your left for a statue of a rider & his horse: “Men of Vision”. A must see vantage point along Stockmen's Trail, overlooking the City & a spectacular view of the Rocky Mountains to the West.
Two other points of interest within the City limits are the Cochrane Hotel & McKay’s Ice Cream place. Both are kitty-corner to each other & both promise lasting memories. Definitely stop in!
Rather than returning the say way I came, which wouldn’t have been that bad, I returned to the #1 into Calgary...partly, to stop into Calaway Park. An amusement area nestled side-by-side a campground site. When the park is open, consider an overnight stay at the campground & a day riding rides...always a blast!
You may or may not agree, but for me, there is a transformation...a calming of the soul, once I begin my ride. My focus is only on the road ahead. Intermittent moments of pure serenity. This day-trip is a fantastic reminder that these feelings of calmness are literally minutes away. Depending on your travel plans, this route can easily be turned into a couple days of exploration. Keep the camera handy. Can't wait to share my next ride with you.