Taking road trips is something we are known for. We spent many months covering ground in Alberta and seeing as much of the province as we could. Even our little GTI VW is pretty well-known for the miles that she has covered with us. Alas, I have had a change of heart recently on the proper way to see the countryside in beautiful Alberta. Fair warning: once you try this, traveling by car will never be the same. We spent this early spring day expanding our own road trip horizons with Rocky Mountain Sidecar Adventures. This is what a road trip was meant to be.
Traveling by car is one of my favorite things to do, but I never realized what was missing from our road trips in doing it this way. Getting in the sidecar of “Yuri”, a 2009 Ural mock-up of a 1938 BMW R71, and taking off for my scenic ride made me realize what I was missing. When traveling by car you are in a bubble that insulates you from the outside world. Riding in a sidecar was completely 3 dimensional.
I could feel the wind on my face and smell the grass and earth around me. Sounds were crisp and clear. Adrenaline pumped through my veins when taking corners and feeling gravity take hold of our ride. This was bliss. This was how the countryside was made to be seen.
Rocky Mountain Sidecar Adventures offers tours through Calgary and also in the Foothills region of Alberta. They are run by a wonderful husband/wife team, Warren and Nicole Cummins, that prides themselves on treating every customer like family, and they really do. After one ride with them, we felt like we had known them for ages.
We traveled through the Foothills of Alberta, stopping occasionally for photos and treats. We stopped for a mead tasting at the Chinook Honey Company, and learned that we liked mead. Hey why not? We weren’t driving!
We also stopped and checked out the Okotoks Erratic. It’s fascinating what little surprises Mother Nature leaves us to ponder.
During the course of our whole ride, I couldn’t get over the feeling of the wind in my face and the smells all around us. It was so energizing and gave me a sense of absolute freedom.
We made a quick stop for some photos and a restroom break at one of Alberta’s provincial parks. There were more back country roads waiting to be explored, but sadly some weren’t open for the season. We took a short walk around enjoying the scenery while the bikes patiently awaited our return.
The half-day ride through the Foothills of Alberta was fantastic and highly recommended. I had a wonderful time and now owning one of these beautiful vehicles has made its way onto my bucket list.
Expand your horizons today and call up Warren to book your Rocky Mountain Sidecar Adventure.