Mental for Miles Riding The Great Divide Mountain Bike Route

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It’s no secret I love riding bikes. Growing up I rode bikes to school, after school, on weekend adventures. I probably spent more time riding bikes than walking in my formative years. It was in my school years that I became aware that something wasn’t right with mum. After a period of time including miss-diagnosis, we were told mum had early on-set dementia. So what is this Mental for Miles thing? I’m doing what I love the most, riding bikes, for someone I didn’t get the chance to love the most. I’m raising awareness so you can look out for your mates and pick up on the early signs of dementia, to better understand what is happening and how to be a legend and support rather than attack them! For they know not what they do. Find the link to more info on the subject at the end of this page


Banff, Canada – Day 0

Watch your noggin, said the hostess as I boarded the plane to Calgary. Yes, yes I will watch my noggin as I always must being on the upper end of the scale of head injury caused by low opening. After 20 hours of travel from Brisbane, Australia incl. 2 hours of us customs being a pain, cue running through LAX Airport to get to my next flight with bike checked in past deadline! And here we are at Banff, AB Canada 🙂 The town itself is small, which I love. It has not gone full tourist centre either, which is nice.

Where I’m staying is very close to the Bow River, which the town sides on. I did a lap of the town and river and it’s clear Canadians love bikes with many scattered throughout my walk.

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These two legends in particular were enjoying the fine day on full downhill sleds. I spent a bit of time wandering along the Bow River, alert for bears. Apparently somewhere nearby was closed off after a bear sighting yesterday. All I found today was some fisherman, killer views and a place to eat.

I wound up at this Mexican place for dinner, it’s locally owned, after it being personally recommended. I’d also recommend. My chimichanga was especially well presented and delicious along with some friendly service.

I have two days here to get settled, enjoy the town and get prepared. Banff is a town surrounded by snow-capped mountains. Sulphur Mountain is the number one place everyone finds their feet upon. I chose to hike up and down rather than take the gondola. Feel my body needs some work as I didn’t have much time back home to train up. I rode to the base and got to the top after 80 mins walking and spent quite some time exploring the lookout point, or should I say points. They have a great boardwalk setup above the ground for a hundred meters or more giving true 360 views many times over as you ascend the last of the climb.

Yes, those are paw prints in the image above…
That’s all for now, I’m off to buy supplies, for the adventure begins tomorrow. I’ll leave you with the link to the mental for miles fundraising page 🙂 Click here to learn more about early on-set dementia and lookout for your mates not attack them.