A much anticipated 4th Annual Concrete Alberta Road Trip hit the road on July 20th and without a doubt was the best yet. Thirty five people with 29 motorcycles and 2 support trucks attended the 4 day event. Nearly half the people were new to the ride, and the word is… they will be back. Calgary, Edmonton and Red Deer all were represented, along with two bikes from BC and a rider from Eastern Canada.
With everyone drifting into Waterton Park throughout Wednesday, the festivities began that evening with a pizza party meet and greet. Kickstands were up at 9am the next morning and we were off to the US and Logan’s Pass in Glacier National Park. Listed as one of the greatest accomplishments completed by the US Army Corp of Engineers, Logan’s Pass also referred to as “Going To The Sun Road” is listed as a Top 10 Motorcycle Ride in the continental US. The scenery is spectacular, either from the seat of a motorcycle or from a car.
After stops for photos, views of the scenery, lunch, fuel and all the other stuff, we headed into Whitefish, Montana. After some sight-seeing, and pub visits, we had our group dinner in a quaint little restaurant (absolutely amazing food and service) in downtown Whitefish, which wisely was within walking distance from the hotel. Many of the pubs and restaurants in Whitefish take Canadian CASH on par…so that added to the evening’s enjoyment, with few people tried to find every place that did. Later on, a section of the parking lot was cordoned off for our annual evening tailgate party.
Off again the next morning, we split into two groups and headed to Cranbrook BC via one of two routes (short – 3hrs or long-5hrs). Lunch in Cranbrook, refreshments in Kimberly, and a beautiful day’s ride to Radium for the last night. In Radium, we stayed in a motel that had parking for ALL the bikes out front (Biker Heaven when you can see your ride), an awesome BBQ area, sofas, gazebos and grass…so we took full advantage of the amenities and had a full blown old fashioned BBQ that went on until midnight. The voting took place for the People’s Choice for Best Bike, and last year’s winner…Lee Mildenberger (Burnco Red Deer) passed on the trophy to this year’s winner Mark Langen (Interstar). Honorable mention went to Todd Hanson (Burnco Calgary) and Brennan Lalonde (CIBC Calgary) who tied for 2nd place.
The last day we headed home to all locations thru the mountains, which is the best scenery in the world…especially when the sun is shining and the weather is warm. Overall it was a spectacular weekend with great weather, fantastic riding and meeting new people who have now become good friends.
Many THANKS goes to all the people who helped organize and put the ride together…Mark, Kevin, Errol, Mark, Todd, along with Aaron Gross (Inland Calgary) for piloting the chase truck and Dustin Six (BASF) for handling the second truck. As well, special thanks to the Interstar Marketing Department who designed our 2017 Ride Logo. Believe it or not, we have already started to plan 2018, which will be the 5th Year and will have lots of extra goodies attached to it so mark it on your calendar…July 26, 2018. We have room.