These boys just keep getting more ironman"ish" each year with their annual ABH (all-brother's hike) adventures. Obviously this year entailed a whole lot of black spandex and not much hiking. The brothers all met near Banff, Alberta, Canada -- Birch flew into Calgary and his favorite uncle and aunt picked him up from the airport and dropped him off at his sleeping bag at 2:45 am.
The first day involved pedaling mostly uphill and lots of great views -- they whopped in 70 miles that day. They started in Radium Hot Springs and finished near Castle Junction.
Kootnay National Park
The trip wouldn't have been possible without Uncle Dale and Aunt Jinnie. Everyday the boys would pack up their tents and gear and leave it in Brent's truck. At some point during the day Dale and Jinnie would come pick up the truck and drive it to that night's campground. They are our superheros!
Day Two -- half way through the day they stopped at Lake Louise. It was spantacular (notice the play on the span-dex)! Since there were so many tourists they didn't get to strip down to their skivvies and swim.
Day two was about another 70 miles and Birch's knees started feeling like a grandpa's. This untraveled road took them over the continental divide toward the town of Field.
Day two was awesome because it was mostly downhill.
Just in case you were wondering the Ditto Boys patented this pose long before Usain Bolt did it in the Olympics. Basically -- they are awesome!
|Day Three - the 70 miles or so were pretty flat from Golden, BC back to Radium Hot Springs there they basked in the hot springs.|