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Thursday, August 21, 2014

The Day After the Day After ... Or, My Last Day as a Princess

It is day four of my mini vacation and my last day as a princess. My muscles are recovering nicely from my off road adventure with the help of a tanker truck load of analgesic rub. I don't usually get the opportunity to stay in such luxury digs as I have this time (yeah for, and thanks to, friends with benefits.)
Yesterday the area suffered from what Environment Canada called torrential downpours (with a short-lived tornado warning.) It was an inside day including a movie in near by Barrie and a bit of a walkabout in the Georgian Mall. The Star stayed parked. She looked lonely in the mist. I was, however, very glad to be inside the 'Caravan.' (Sorry Star!)

This morning found the resort shrouded in fog. I decided to take a look around and experiment a little with the panoramic setting on the camera before the rain began to fall again.
I caught a glimpse of Clinton and Co. riding in for another day at SMART (they operate Tuesdays and Thursdays only during the week.)
The training track looked eerie under the blanket of fog.
The trainers headed out on ATVs to check the trail conditions after yesterday's rain. I can't imagine what so much more rain will have done to the already flooded valleys on the mountain trails.
A view from the back side of the ski hill, on the gentle side of the road!
The mountain bike paths further along the ski hills looked like killers, this was one of the easy sections.
P.S. The day I took the off road training there were three actors from the TV show, Sons Of Anarchy, learning to ride motorcycles for an upcoming scene they're to be in. Just remember, they learned it here.


  1. I think your pano shots are a success. They came out pretty nice!

    I've heard numerous times that learning to ride in the dirt is really beneficial to street riding. I keep thinking of looking for a small dirt bike but it never gets beyond thinking about it.

    1. Thanks Richard. I accidently turned the dial to pano mode and wondered what the heck was going on, then it dawned on me and I've been playing with it all day. As far as riding dirt to become a better street rider, that's what they say and that's why I thought I'd try it (and also to try a different style bike so I could look cool standing up riding!)

  2. I like fog (but I also like horror stories, so yes, call me weird.). The more you talk about the off road thing, the more I want to try it, too.
    Sons of Anarchy? I didn't know they are filming the show in Canada. Or were they just there for the training?

    1. Sonja your fog photos are inspirational to say the least ... I keep hoping one day!
      Son's of Anarchy is an American TV series, shot in California. The 3 dudes were here strictly so they could learn the basics fast and not look like idiots when they were on Camera. Clinton is rather renowned as a trainer so they flew them here to learn (as Clinton said ... so they could ride into the scene, without looking at the controls, put the side stand down and look cool. Who knows, maybe they had fun and will take up riding.

  3. It sounds like a nice mellow few days following al that exercise. Can't imagine how muddy those trails are now.

    Glad you are enjoying your mini-vacation weather and all.

    1. Torbaiitz I think, from what I saw when I was walking around earlier they may have had to reduce the trail training today, probably because of the worsened conditions. The trails had many deeply mudded and very slick areas in them already.

  4. Looks very much to me like a vacation and a rewarding one. Off-road can be even more challenging in mud (very different than nicely moist); glad you were able to spend your time in drier conditions.

    Looks like your pano shots came out well; I'll use yours as more inspiration to try some next time!

  5. Coop, it's been a great vacation - wet, dry, inside, outside, two wheels, two feet, four wheels... Incredible down time (and way too much to eat,) just in time to get pumped up for back to work. Thanks. The pano thing is cool ... try taking a scene with cars going by (chuckle.)