Tuesday, September 29, 2015 at 7:54PM | Submitted by Richard Dear
Fantastic Kimberley Weekend and a big thank you to Gary and Brigette for the detailed and careful organization, they have raised the bar on the smooth operation of Club adventures.
A large group of CRMC members met at the A&W in Alderside and set off down Highway 2 South. It was nice so see so many members joining us for a portion of the drive in spite of them not being able to take in the whole weekend. We departed promptly at 10:30 on Saturday morning to mixed sun and cloud and cool temperatures.
The initial run to Nanton was unremarkable and we managed to maintain a formation in spite of the F150’s that all seemed to be in a hurry, the real fun began we turned west on Highway 533. We were rewarded with the absolute peak of the fall colours a glorious road with sweeping vistas, elevation changes and just enough curves to keep things interesting. Best of all there was not an F150 in sight and very little traffic. We continued south on Highway 22 and as usual there was quite a bit of traffic. By this time, the showers had rolled in and soon became too heavy to continue with the tops down. The inclement weather continued was we climbed the Crowsnest Pass on Highway 3 for the obligatory fuel stop in Blairmore for a last splash of Alberta gasoline before the BC border.
Once we passed the Continental Divide the rain stopped and the weather cleared so that we were able to regroup for the ensemble of sports cars at Crowsnest Lake. We proceeded into BC in convoy with the weather constantly improving and enjoyed the fall colours along the river valley all the way to the Cranbrook turn off to Kimberley.
Downtown Kimberley has lost a lot of its German heritage buildings but the pedestrianized ‘Platzl’ was very pleasant particularly with the fall foliage. On the other hand, our destination at the Trickle Creek Lodge was spectacular with its Montana's Grill and Bar. After rehydrating, we downed preener “pupu’s” and the adventurous headed downhill for dinner for a 20 minute walk to The Old Bauernhaus Restaurant. The small feast was quite a misnomer as none of us had space for dessert. Several of the hikers thought better of lugging their expanded selves with dinner back uphill and the taxis had a busy evening.
Breakfast was scheduled at the very scenic golf course but unfortunately the staff were completely overwhelmed and advised that it would be an up to an hour’s wait to be served. The group split up with several opting to retrace the Highway 3 back to Calgary but we opted to ”follow our leaders” along with two other intrepid souls to return via Radium. After having a wonderful breakfast at “Our Place” restaurant, situated at the eastern edge of the Platzl, we headed up headed up Highway 95A.
The drive to Radium was in bright sunshine and we could not pass up the photo-op at Columbia Lake before making a gas stop in Radium. After one more photo-op at Olive Lake, we came across the divide back into Alberta with the last leg of Transcanada Highway back to Calgary. The only negative was the tie up on the highway caused by a road warrior losing their caravan that tied up traffic for an hour.
In all, it was such an enjoyable 800 km weekend road trip that we will have to try very hard to better next fall.
Gary says that he has some ideas - so stay tuned!
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