As I mentioned earlier, our plan was to leave for Edmonton at 4:00 AM. I got home from Neko Case and went to bed at 1:00 AM with the alarm clock set for 3:30 AM.
When I bought groceries for the trip, I grabbed a Monster energy drink, because a friend of mine said that they help wake him up. I drank the Monster while I got ready and waited for my ride. I have to say it was gross and it didn’t help me wake up at all.
We drove through the rain and I think the van even hydroplaned a couple times, but Eric managed to keep it between the lines. Though with the rain and the wind, the van did sway a lot and it made it impossible to sleep. I took one picture in the van and then the battery light came on. I left the charger at home to save space. I will later discover that dead batteries will be a theme of the trip.
So with two hours of sleep we arrived at Castledowns Skatepark. Castledowns might have been good, but because of my brakes and lack of sleep, I didn’t enjoy it at all. I had to take my back brake apart and sand my pads down. After all of this they still didn’t work but at least the pads were making contact properly and I could slow down. I think the biggest problem after getting my gyro set up was the film of junk on my rims due to being on a bike rack in the rain for 600 km.
After we rode for a while at Castledowns, we put some of the bikes in the back of the van and put the the rest of them in the van through the side door. Because of the luggage and the bike we decided to check into a hotel before we drove around too much more. We drove more than a block before we realized that the back door was open. We drove back to check for lost luggage but were lucky and didn’t loose anything.
The Travelodge had a $10 discount for Street Justice riders we got a room with a fridge, microwave and two queen size beds. Eric, Shawn and I were checking in and I asked if there was a charge for extra poeople and they said it was $10 per person, so before She could charge us for three people, I asked if Shawn counted because he was only 13 years old. I also forgot to mention the 3 other people waiting in the van.
In the afternoon we went to “Mill Woods Skatepark”:http://www.spectrum-sk8.com/parks/alberta/millwoods.html and things started to improve. Mill Woods has a great bowl with hips all over the place. My brakes were finally working and the sun was shining. I didn’t do too much at this park but I did pull a perfect icepick to fakie.
After spending the afternoon at Mill Woods we went to 1664 and signed up for the contest. I wish I could ride the Street justice ramps everyday. There was a perfect 4 1/2 foot spine, a 6 foot quarter pipe and a huge step up with a rail and a bowled corner. We signed up before many other people showed up so we could ride before it got too crowded. If I had a ramp like the 6 foot in my backyard, I would probably never be seen at our skatepark again. I was able to pull icepick to toothpicks the first time and learned tailtap to icepick as well.
Because I was enjoying the ramps, I stayed at 1664 while the everyone else went to hop the fence and ride the race track. I rode for another 45 minutes before it started to rain very hard. The lightning was so close that the thunder was banging less than a second after seeing the lightning.
I waited in the warehouse while I waited for the rest of the guys to come back and pck me up. Fortunately it rained on them too so I didn’t have to wait too long.
By this time it was 9:00 PM and we went back to the hotel and picked up some food at the superstore next door to the hotel.
We went to bed pretty early, but it had been a long day.
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